Commission New Work
Over the past 20 years, Michael Joy has been involved in hundreds of private commissions for businesses and individuals. He fully recognizes fabricating a work of art or other three dimensional need takes more than just the ability to design and build. It also takes the ability to communicate clearly and commit to a plan. For this reason, he encourages you to review his corporate biography to feel confident in selecting him for your next art commission.
At the core, creating a commissioned work of art is a business transaction and I consider it a professional obligation to outline the engagement process. To help you understand how the pricing of a commissioned work is determined, the short outline below explains factors taken into consideration for cost.
Level of detailed proposals and/or preliminary design work for the client
Example: Cost of site visits, meetings and 2D/3D mock ups
Scope, scale and medium of the work
Cost of in-house or contracted labor to fabricate the art
Example: Cost to make a bronze requires a professional foundry
Cost of crating/packaging/shipping and installation if needed.
Please note that a non-refundable design fee is charged for all art commissions. Once you choose to move forward with the design, the full amount of the design fee is applied toward the cost of the project. Should you choose not to move forward with the project after receiving the initial design proposal (e.g., mock-up), the design fee is retained as compensation for the time spent developing the design concept.
Once a design plan has been agreed upon, a second payment for materials and fabrication are due before production begins. The final balance due is required before the artwork leaves my studio. (Should you refuse a finished artwork that was representative of the original design plan, the design/materials/fabrication fees are retained to cover the costs spent creating the artwork).
The artwork will be professionally packed/crated and insured for its safe journey to your destination. For more in-depth project details, a sample art commission contract can be reviewed here.
I look forward to working together to create beautiful things for your enjoyment!
Thank you for your consideration.