Sunday, February 20, 2011

Commissioned Art Works by Tom Hanson

Let's talk a minute about commissioned works, From the beginning of my business, that's been my niche. I started calling on corporate clients in L.A. in the late 70's. There was then and is now a need for art work on the walls of offices and facilities of all kinds, I saw the potential then and went for it. Since then I've created art works of all kinds, from Wall graphics that cover what seemed like acres of wall space, to collages utilizing Boeing airplane parts for their walls. Medical facilities, IBM buildings, insurance offices to apartment walls, from a cafe in Kyoto, Japan to a National Defence contractor in Washington D.C., my motto has been " no wall too big, none too small ".  I still approach things in that mindset.
 The photo here shows a large piece done for the Panhandle State Bank in Coeur d' Alene, Idaho that I created for them a few years back, it illustrates nicely how my work has developed and how I take the environment in to account when custom designing a piece for a client.
When designing a project like this I invite the client into the process, by that I mean that I look at this as a commercial art project where I'm creating this art work for them, so I ask them, "What would you like to see in this space", and why not, it's their space, they've got to look at it everyday, they should get excited about it, and by inviting them into the process we achieve that end! They're happy with it, and so am I.

So, lets say you have a blank wall that has been crying out for something for some time, and you just haven't had the direction to go to look for an answer. A couple of things come to mind as to what obstacles you've faced, one is, It's just tough to pick something off the rack to fit the size of your space, big pieces are real expensive or the things you've looked at just haven't caught the nature of your area, business or the personalities of you and what you do.
Well, that's were I can come in, as I mentioned, I design my work to accommodate you, where you live , what you do, what your interior feels like and do it with your budget in mind. I'll present you with a full color scale sketch in proposal form so you know that the art works will look like, and how much it will cost from design through production and installation.
 Here's short video slide show that illustrates a before and after look at a few walls.

If you see your space like this and your interested in inquiring on how we can kick some ideas around for your space, Drop me an email at
More on all this later.

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