MARK DRAISEY PORTRAITS

Traditional portraits for the modern era.


BIOGRAPHY:


I HAVE WORKED AS A PROFESSIONAL CARTOONIST, CARICATURIST AND ILLUSTRATOR FOR OVER 30 YEARS. MY FIRST JOB ON LEAVING BRIGHTON POLYTECHNIC IN 1986 WAS AS ONE OF THE CARICATURISTS, DESIGNING AND MODELLING THE PUPPET HEADS FOR CENTRAL TV'S SPITTING IMAGE. ON LEAVING, I CONTINUED AS A FREELANCE ILLUSTRATOR SUPPLYING HUMOROUS WORK, BOTH CARTOONS AND CARICATURES, TO MANY BOOK & MAGAZINE PUBLISHERS, ADVERTISING AGENCIES, DESIGNERS AND TV COMPANIES AROUND THE WORLD, INCLUDING…
• COUNTRY LIFE
• PUNCH
• TATLER
• OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS
• THE BBC
• CHANNEL 4
• THE WEEK.

HOWEVER, I MADE THE DECISION TO TAKE UP PORTRAITURE IN 2016 TO RENEW MY PASSION FOR CREATING FINE ART.

AWARDS & EXHIBITIONS:


• 2017 ROYAL SOCIETY OF PORTRAIT PAINTERS EXHIBITION, THE MALL GALLERIES, LONDON.
• 2018 OXFORD ART SOCIETY OPEN EXHIBITION, OXFORD.
• 2018 ROYAL INSTITUTE OF OIL PAINTERS ANNUAL EXHIBITION, THE MALL GALLERIES, LONDON.
• 2019 SOLO EXHIBITION, OXFORDSHIRE ART WEEKS.
• 2019 Awarded membership of the OXFORD ART SOCIETY.
• 2020 BP AWARD, THE NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY, LONDON. 3RD PLACE IN THE VISITORS' CHOICE AWARD.
• 2020 ROYAL SOCIETY OF PORTRAIT PAINTERS EXHIBITION, THE MALL GALLERIES, LONDON
• 2021 ROYAL SOCIETY OF PORTRAIT PAINTERS EXHIBITION, THE MALL GALLERIES, LONDON
• 2021 NEW ENGLISH ART CLUB, THE MALL GALLERIES, LONDON
• 2021 ING DISCERNING EYE, THE MALL GALLERIES, LONDON. REGIONAL WINNER.


PORTRAIT COMMISSIONS:


IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO COMMISSION AN OIL PORTRAIT, THE PROCESS IS VERY SIMPLE. I WOULD FIRSTLY SIT DOWN WITH YOU, AND THE SITTER IF NOT YOURSELF, ( PREFERABLY OVER A DRINK ) TO DISCUSS WHAT IT IS YOU REQUIRE FROM THE PORTRAIT REGARDING ITS GENERAL APPEARANCE, CLOTHING OPTIONS , SIZE, AND BACKGROUND ETC. I CAN THEN GIVE YOU AN IDEA OF THE TOTAL COST, NOT INCLUDING FRAMING, WHICH I CAN UNDERTAKE, BUT USUALLY LEAVE TO THE CLIENT'S INDIVIDUAL TASTE. ONCE THE PRICE HAS BEEN AGREED, WE WOULD ARRANGE A SECOND VISIT WITH THE SITTER AT THE LOCATION OF YOUR CHOOSING TO FINALISE ANY LAST MINUTE DETAILS AND TO MAKE SOME SKETCHES AS WELL AS TAKING A SERIES OF HIGH QUALITY PHOTOGRAPHS FROM WHICH I WILL WORK, AVOIDING THE OTHERWISE LENGTHY SITTINGS NORMALLY ASSOCIATED WITH PORTRAITURE. ONCE I COMMENCE WORK ON THE PAINTING ITSELF, I CAN SEND YOU REGULAR PHOTOGRAPHIC UPDATES BY EMAIL SHOULD YOU WISH. ALTERNATIVELY, YOU ARE MORE THAN WELCOME TO SEE IT IN PERSON AT MY STUDIO. YOU WILL THEN BE NOTIFIED ONCE I HAVE COMPLETED THE PORTRAIT AFTER WHICH THERE WILL BE A NECESSARY DRYING PERIOD BEFORE I CAN VARNISH THE WORK AND THEN ARRANGE DELIVERY TO YOU. THIS MAY INCUR AN ADDITIONAL COST DEPENDING ON YOUR LOCATION, ESPECIALLY IF OUTSIDE THE UK. PLEASE BE AWARE THAT WORKING IN OILS CAN BE A SLOW PROCESS OFTEN DELAYED BY THE DRYING TIME. SO IF YOU REQUIRE YOUR PAINTING BY A CERTAIN DATE, THEN PLEASE ALLOW AT LEAST 3-4 MONTHS WHEN COMMISSIONING.

HOUNDS AND HORSES:


I ALSO TAKE ON COMMISSIONS TO PAINT YOUR BELOVED DOGS OR HORSES, AND WOULD HAPPILY INCORPORATE THESE INTO YOUR PORTRAIT SHOULD YOU SO WISH. PLEASE ASK FOR FURTHER DETAILS.

PRICES:


THESE VARY GREATLY DEPENDING ON THE SIZE OF THE CANVAS REQUIRED, TIME TAKEN, AND CONTENT DETAIL. THIS WILL ALL BE DISCUSSED DURING OUR INITIAL MEETING, WHERE I CAN ALSO ADVISE YOU ON THE APPROPRIATE SIZE OF WORK SHOULD YOU ALREADY HAVE A HANGING SPACE IN MIND.