Museum-Quality Oil Portraiture

Photography today is both ubiquitous and ephemeral in nature. Oil portraiture, however, is a time-honored art form designed to last for many generations.

Because of the costs involved, oil paintings are generally considered to be out of reach for many private individuals. It is thus often reserved for corporate or institutional portraiture—or for well-heeled private collectors.

Through a local partnership with Zhang Studio, a boutique oil portraiture collective is Xiamen, China, it is now possible to commission world-class oil portraiture locally, and to do so at surprisingly accessible prices. This is accomplished through division of labor. The reference photography is done on location at your home or office, and the oil painting is then finished overseas.

The result: a museum-quality oil painting can now be commissioned in the Baltimore-Washington DC area at a price roughly 60-80% less than that of traditional, live-painting portraiture. And the quality is of a level not easily matched by local painters, no matter what their price.

Additionally, there is a reduction both of on-set time (reference photography is much faster than live painting) and risk (you'll see and approve the reference image before painting begins.) You'll also see and approve a photograph of your finished painting before it is shipped.

As a result, oil portraiture at the highest level—whether for corporate/institutional or heirloom family art—is now available without spending a fortune. Individual portraits start as low as $1500, with family portraiture beginning at $2150.

The results speak for themselves.


To learn more about Zhang Studio's artists, please visit their site. To learn more about a commission in the Baltimore/DC region, please contact David Hobby in Ellicott City.