Commissioned works and Collections, Private and Corporate.

Over the years, I have executed many artworks for commissioners at large budgets, as well as small budgets. Always the commissioner was very satisfied about the working process and the quality of the artistic result.

What persons, companies and other do own my works ?

-Galleries in the Netherlands and abroad.
-Private persons.
-Companies, institutions and public authorities.
-Collectors of small, as well as major collections.
-Commissioners of small-scale and large scale works.
Works are present in public and private collections in the Netherlands and abroad:
The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Singapore, Malaysia, U.S.A, Australia, a.o.


- An outstanding artistic result is the main objective.
- The artwork should express or correspond to the company’s vision and characteristics
- The artwork should enhance the company’s or institution's corporate image.
- An absolutely satisfactory result for the commissioner

Creating commissioned work of art, requires understanding and trust between commissioner and artist. A relation of mutual trust and respect will gain the best results.
-Read more in POLICY on COMMISIONED WORKS partII (agents & galleries)

I have been working for many people and, regarding the commission, all of them were different in their starting points. Not very surprising, since everyone wants something unique ! Some commissioners just have a general idea: they know they want something for a certain space or wall, and they prefer to leave it to me what my proposal will be like. Other commissioners do have more specific ideas, for instance about size, materials, or content.


1. Discussing the extent of the commission.
2. Set the budget. (budget may be set first).
3. Agreement & Downpayment.
4. Sketch proposal.
5. Creation of the actual commissioned work(s).
6. Preview and approval by commissioner.
7. Delivery / installation of the commissioned work(s).
8. Final payment.
9. Additional artistic labour after delivery.

1. & 2. Discussing the extent of the commission and setting the budget.
Before starting the work, the budget will be fixed. Usually, first the commissioner explains about the nature of the commission. Next, I can give my opinion or proposal, and tell what budget will be needed. Sometimes commissioners do have a fixed budget for the artwork(s) and the artist is supposed to propose an artwork within this budget. Generally it can be put like this: The budget needed can be calculated as soon as the concept to the commissioned work is there. The concept includes information about location, type of work (wall-painting, sculptural painting, etc) size, materials, content, etc, and -depending on nature and size of the work- also about installation, transport, responsibilities & insurance. I always have worked within the agreed budget. There have never been extra charges for the commissioner afterwards.

3. Agreement & Downpayment.

Pending the commission agreement to be signed, the content of the conversations between commissioner and artist, as well as their (digital) correspondence, is considered to be valid to cover the content of the commission agreement. The commission agreement will be put in writing and signed by both parties, especially when the downpayment is agreed upon to be otherwise than 50% of the agreed total payment. The commission agreement is to be ratified by a downpayment of 50% of the agreed total payment, unless agreed otherwise.

4. Sketch proposal.
A sketch, to be delivered by the artist, can be part of the agreement. The sketch (or a small series of skecthes) is meant to provide the commissioner an impression of the commissioned work(s).

5. Creation of the actual commissioned work(s).

At the artist's studio and/or at special venue(s) /in situ.

6. Preview and approval by commissioner.
The commissioner and the artist can agree to have a preview of the commissioned work(s). Ususally, the preview is supposed to be the moment of approval before delivery of the work(s). Yet, at the preview, the commissioner can give his/her comments on the work(s). Both the artist and the commissioner can agree on any changes in the work(s). Proposed changes are to be within the content of the commission agreement. A second preview can be arranged, if necessary.

7. Delivery / installation of the commissioned work(s).
The agreement should contain appointments about delivery/shipping and installation of the artworks. If no specifications about this are agreed, the commissioner is supposed to collect the completed artwork(s) at the artist's studio. Shipping and installation, will be subject to separate arrangements and extra charges if the commission agreement does not include shipping and installation.

8.Final payment.

The final payment is to be settled within 30 days after delivery of the commissioned work(s), unless agreed otherwise.

9. Additional artistic labour after delivery.
Once the commissioned work is accepted and delivered, the artists obligations are considered been completed. Later additional labour to the commissioned work -due to additional demands of the commissioner regarding the artistic content of the artwork(s)- will be subject to extra charges, to be agreed upon separately.

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