Geoff Tristram Portrait Artist

About me...

I have been a professional artist for over 40 years, mainly working for large advertising agencies and publishing houses on all manner of commissions, but my favourite subject matter has always been faces and figures.

Had I been born a century earlier, I would almost certainly have been a full-time portrait painter. My style is classical and detailed and ideally suited to, for example, military and mayoral portraits, where it is important to get ornate uniforms and civic regalia exactly right.

That said, I am equally at home with informal paintings, as I hope you can see from the small sample of paintings shown on my main website www.geofftristram.co.uk.

Prices guide...

The Classic Head and Shoulders Pose

All my work is finished to exactly the same standard, but the simplest, and hence least expensive form of portrait is the small to medium head and shoulders composition with a relatively plain background.

The smallest of these would be approximately A3 without the frame, and would cost around £1,500, plus the cost of the frame that you or I choose. An A2 (or thereabouts) version of this would be around £2,500 to £3,000 plus the frame. See the portrait of the company director, as an example. I also paint in watercolours, but I prefer oils for portraiture.

Room Settings

Single portraits with more of the figure showing, plus props such as chairs, curtains, tables etc. can take considerably longer to paint (see, for example, the portraits of Laura Tristram and Clementine Hickman). These tend to be larger too, at approximately 30 by 20 inches without the frame. I tend to use Frinton’s frames which are beautifully made and handmade to bespoke sizes, but you may prefer to source your own. Portraits such as these might cost anything from £5,000 upwards, depending on the complexity of the clothing, props and background.

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A Family Heirloom

There is something very special about a painted portrait.

Whenever I am asked to create one, I am aware that it will potentially become a family heirloom and will hopefully exist for hundreds of years, unlike a typical photographic portrait, so I am quite rightly fussy about how the painting is composed, and how the sitter is portrayed, in terms of the person’s essential character and facial expression, and of course the likeness. Especially as I have to sit and stare intensely at it for weeks on end! I am also fussy about the materials that I use, and the frames I choose.

It’s no good spending untold hours on a painting, only to find that the canvas is not likely to last ten years before it disintegrates!

I also like to consult the client throughout the process, making sure that there are no unwanted surprises when the picture is unveiled. I am happy to report that this has never happened!

Me with my 400th anniversary portrait of William Shakespeare, created in association with Stratford-upon-Avon’s town and District Councils.

The two Caleffi sisters in the ornate room was a larger painting and took considerably longer to paint. The complex background and intricate furniture and paintings all add to the cost, as does the extra person, of course, so a picture of this type might well cost £8,000 to £10,000 on average.

Official Portraits

The official portrait of Shakespeare, in association with Stratford’s Town and District Councils, created to mark the 400th anniversary of his death, was even larger at nearly 4 feet in height, and was also very detailed and complex. It roughly equates to a large mayoral or military portrait in terms of size and complexity, and would cost from £12,000 to £15,000 on average.

Every picture is different, but hopefully these examples will give you an idea of the costs involved. Once I have ascertained the exact nature of the painting, I can give you a firm quote which will be adhered to regardless of the project taking longer than expected. If I choose to spend more time on a painting than was quoted for, I will not be charging you for that. There are no unforeseen extras. Coming from an advertising and publishing background, I am also a stickler for keeping deadlines!

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Geoff Tristram Portrait Artist

The Classic Head and Shoulders Pose

All my work is finished to exactly the same standard, but the simplest, and hence least expensive form of portrait is the small to medium head and shoulders composition with a relatively plain background.

The smallest of these would be approximately A3 without the frame, and would cost around £1,500, plus the cost of the frame that you or I choose. An A2 (or thereabouts) version of this would be around £2,500 to £3,000 plus the frame. See the portrait of the company director, as an example. I also paint in watercolours, but I prefer oils for portraiture.

Room Settings

Single portraits with more of the figure showing, plus props such as chairs, curtains, tables etc. can take considerably longer to paint (see, for example, the portraits of Laura Tristram and Clementine Hickman). These tend to be larger too, at approximately 30 by 20 inches without the frame. I tend to use Frinton’s frames which are beautifully made and handmade to bespoke sizes, but you may prefer to source your own. Portraits such as these might cost anything from £5,000 upwards, depending on the complexity of the clothing, props and background.

The two Caleffi sisters in the ornate room was a larger painting and took considerably longer to paint. The complex background and intricate furniture and paintings all add to the cost, as does the extra person, of course, so a picture of this type might well cost £8,000 to £10,000 on average.

Official Portraits

The official portrait of Shakespeare, in association with Stratford’s Town and District Councils, created to mark the 400th anniversary of his death, was even larger at nearly 4 feet in height, and was also very detailed and complex. It roughly equates to a large mayoral or military portrait in terms of size and complexity, and would cost from £12,000 to £15,000 on average.

Every picture is different, but hopefully these examples will give you an idea of the costs involved. Once I have ascertained the exact nature of the painting, I can give you a firm quote which will be adhered to regardless of the project taking longer than expected. If I choose to spend more time on a painting than was quoted for, I will not be charging you for that. There are no unforeseen extras. Coming from an advertising and publishing background, I am also a stickler for keeping deadlines!

Geoff Tristram Portrait Artist
Geoff Tristram Portrait Artist
Geoff Tristram Portrait Artist
Geoff Tristram Portrait Artist
Geoff Tristram Portrait Artist
Geoff Tristram Portrait Artist
Geoff Tristram Portrait Artist
Geoff Tristram Portrait Artist