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George Stubbs’ Gimcrack on Newmarket Heath, with a Trainer, a Stable-Lad, and a Jockey is estimated to sell for £20 Million this July 2011 at Christie’s London

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If Stubbs’ Gimcrack painting sells for over £20 Million at Christie’s this July 5th it will make the painting, one of the five most expensive old masters ever to be auctioned off.

Gimcrack was actually a very famous and admired eighteenth century race horse. Stubbs‘ 6 foot painting shows Gimcrack twice, once in the background winning a trial and in the foreground with his trainer and jockey. The current record for a Stubbs is £10.1 Million for Stubbs’ Brood Mares and Foals, which sold at Sotheby’s in 2010. Apparently, the reason the Gimcrack painting is being sold is because the insurance costs were too high. The trustees should have commissioned Fabulous Masterpieces to hand-paint a fine art replica that they could display, and then store the original painting in their vault or with a security firm, it would have lowered costs considerably meaning they could have kept the painting.

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Harry Colt’s Oil Portrait for Betchworth Park Golf Club

Betchworth Park Golf Club is celebrating its Centenary this year. To mark the occasion, following the Club’s AGM in March, an oil portrait by Fabulous Masterpieces of the course designer, Harry Colt, was presented to the Club by Barry Thomson, a Club Director.

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The oil portrait was based on an old black & white photograph (shown below) and our artist was asked to paint a realist-style oil portrait in colour using this photograph as inspiration.

Harry Colt

The Finished Result

Portraits Based on Photos

A distinguished oil painting of Harry Colt by Fabulous Masterpieces

The artist used premium Winsor & Newton oils and expertly painted Harry Colt onto a high quality duck-cotton canvas. The oil painting took 3 weeks to paint and needed a further 2-3 weeks to dry before it could be delivered for its presentation.

Are you thinking of commissioning an oil portrait?

Commission a Portrait Artist

Commission a Portrait Artist with Fabulous Masterpieces

The whole process is so simple! Simply email or post us your photo(s) that you would like the artist to work from and we’ll do the rest. All portraits are strictly commissioned-to-order and take between 3 to 6 weeks to complete, as we also need to wait for the oils to have dried before we can deliver your painting to you!

Prices


Prices for an oil portrait based on your favourite photograph start from £250. If you would like to receive a quote please email portraits@fabulousmasterpieces.co.uk. To see the portrait price guide, please click here.

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We’d love to hear from you! If you would like to add something,  or ask a question concerning our oil portraits please leave a comment.

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Father’s Day, June 19th 2011

Luxury Fathers Day Gifts

Commission an Oil Portrait of Father and Son this Father's Day by Fabulous Masterpieces

A Father’s day gift is all about celebrating the wonderful man who is your dad, who has done so much for you and in all probability you’re hoping to find a gift that reflects this. Commissioning a beautifully hand-painted oil painting of your father or a portrait of  dad with the family is an extremely special gift to give him this Father’s day. Portraits genuinely make special gifts as it shows how much you care through the time and thought you’ve taken into finding the photograph to base your portrait on, to thinking about the moment you would like the artist to paint for your father, and what it would mean to him.

All portraits are based on photographs that you send in meaning that the oil painting that you commission for dad is still going to be a complete surprise!

Photo of dad

Photo of dad emailed into tim@fabulousmasterpieces.co.uk

Father's day Portraits

Oil Portrait of Dad by Fabulous Masterpieces

Portraits based on your favourite photograph of your dad or family

As all of our portraits are based on a photograph or several photos, all you need to do is email your chosen photo(s) to tim@fabulousmasterpieces.co.uk or post them into us.  We can paint things into your portrait or omit details that you didn’t like in your original photograph. We can work from several photographs too! Please take a look at our Portraits from Multiple Photographs to see examples.

Luxury father's day Gifts

Commission an oil Portrait of Father and Son for Dad this Father's Day with Fabulous Masterpieces.

All portraits are custom-made & lovingly hand-painted with premium oils onto top quality canvases


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Every portrait that you commission with our portrait artists is completely custom-made. Meaning, not only can we paint your portrait to any dimensions that you need, but if you wish, you can also have complete control in how you want your portrait to be painted. If you have ideas on how you would like the background to be painted for example and in what colours, please tell us. We’re really happy to listen to any of your ideas. Alternatively, if you want the artist to use their own judgement then that’s fine too!

Gift vouchers are available

fathers day gift vouchers

If you would prefer your father to choose what photograph he would like the artist to base his portrait on, we can send you out a lovely gift voucher with a personalised message from you.

Prices


Prices start from £250 and if you would like to receive a quote please email portraits@fabulousmasterpieces.co.uk. To see the portrait price guide, please click here.

Beautiful oil paintings that capture a special moment is really an extremely touching & luxurious father’s day gift.  It is literally something that dad can keep and proudly display forever!

For more information please visit the Commission a Portrait page or The Father’s Day Gifts Page

Cut off Date


The cut off date for ordering an oil painting for Father’s Day is 5th May 2011. We deliver world-wide and delivery is free!

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We’d love to hear from you! If you would like to add something,  or ask a question concerning our oil portraits please leave a comment.

Bye for now x

Fabulous Masterpieces is the Premier UK Portrait Company. Curious to learn more about us? Then please visit the About Fabulous Masterpieces page. 

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Monet’s Les Peupliers is set to fetch $25 Million dollars at Christie’s New York on May 4th 2011

Monet's Les Peupliers

Monet's Les Peupliers is expected to fetch $25 Million at Christie's New York

Les Peupliers was actually bought in 2000 for just over $7 Million, 11 years later it’s expected to sell for $25 Million, that’s quite a good return on your investment! The auction record for a Monet was $80.4 Million for Le Bassin aux Nympheas, which was sold in May 2008.

Conor Jordan, head of Impressionist & Modern art at Christie’s explains that “We anticipate great enthusiasm from many collectors, dealers and museum directors who have been eager for a quintessential Monet scene such as this.”

Results

Monet’s Les Peupliers actually sold for £13,489,500 Million ($22,482,500) on the 4th May, 2011 to a private American collector.

Interested?

If you too, are interested in acquiring Monet paintings but don’t have the Millions needed to buy an original, you can always purchase a fine art reproduction oil painting of any of his paintings through Fabulous Masterpieces. We’ve hand-painted a lot of Monet paintings over the years, if you would like to see some of our examples, please do email us and let us know.

Have a question?

We’d love to hear from you! If you would like to add something,  or ask a question concerning our art reproductions please leave a comment. To view the Monet online art gallery please click here – Monet’s Online Art Gallery.

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Just a quick post to show you an oil portrait that Fabulous Masterpieces’ artist Sam Banks painted,  has now been picked up by Traditional Homes & Interiors Magazine! Please click on the image to read.

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One of our beautiful child oil paintings. Please click on the image to enlarge.

If you’ve ever thought about commissioning an oil portrait of your family or loved ones, please visit the Commission a Portrait page for more details. We actually have 2 child portraiture artists, Tom Lloyd and Sam Banks who paint in completely different styles. To take a look at examples of their portrait work please visit the Child Portraits page.

Have a question?

We’d love to hear from you! If you would like to add something,  or ask a question concerning our oil portraits please leave a comment.

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Fabulous Masterpieces is the Premier UK Portrait Company. Curious to learn more about us? Then please visit the About Fabulous Masterpieces page. 

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Art Reproduction

Hello, I'm Tim, Co-founder of The Premier UK Art Reproduction called Fabulous Masterpieces

When you’re looking to commission an art reproduction of your favourite painting you’ll notice that American companies are generally a lot cheaper than European and UK art reproduction companies. There is a reason for this, and it’s called quality! Although most companies profess to paint museum-quality art reproductions, the standard really does vary. The majority of art reproduction companies get their art reproductions painted in China. When first starting Fabulous Masterpieces we diligently flew over to China to do extensive research. I personally spoke to alot of art studios and artists to find out about the quality of  their art and the art reproduction industry.

Looking at most of the paintings over there that were getting shipped out to the USA, the quality rangeded from poor to ok but never close to top-notch. It certainly wasn’t what I would term “museum quality“. The majority of artists over there told me that, generally, this kind of ‘high’ quality was fine for America but that the Europeans & Brits reject them as the quality just isn’t good enough. Hence why the majority of our artists are in Russia, predominantly in St. Petersburg. I’ll show you an example.

An Art Reproduction of Klimt's The Kiss from an American Art Reproduction Company

Klimt's The Kiss

The original painting by Gustav Klimt

As you can see there are major differences, but what do you expect if you’re only paying $150? You will notice that the colours are very bright in the replica and details are missing such as the leaves in his hair and the flowers on the mound that they are kneeling on. Her facial expression is also incorrect.

Example 2

Below is an original painting by Seurat and our reproduction oil painting by Fabulous Masterpieces plus a Museum Quality art reproduction by an American company for you to compare and contrast.

The Original - Seurat's Sunday Afternoon

Art reproduction: Fabulous Masterpieces' Oil Painting of Seurat's Sunday Afternoon

Seurat's Sunday Afternoon by an American Art Reproduction Company.

You can see just by looking at these examples and comparing  them with the original, what the differences in quality are. Hence, the differences in price. A lot of  art reproduction companies version of “Museum quality” really does not live up to the term. Remember to always have a look at the examples of their replicas on their website to check out the quality.

So the answer, in terms of price differences with art reproduction companies, is that as with most things in life you get what you pay for.  If budget is more important to you than quality, then you’re in luck as you can buy art reproductions of your favourite painting from as little as $100. If quality, however is more important to you, then please buy your fine art replica with us as  the quality of our paintings is what we pride ourselves onWe didn’t spend 2 years sourcing artists before starting Fabulous Masterpieces for nothing!

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We’d love to hear from you! If you would like to add something,  or ask a question concerning art reproduction please leave a comment.

Bye for now x

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Mother’s Day Portraits Based on Your Favourite Photo of Mum by Fabulous Masterpieces.

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Commission an oil painting of mum this Mother's day

A Mother’s day gift is all about celebrating the wonderful woman who is your mother, who has done so much for you and in all probability you’re hoping to find a gift that reflects this. Commissioning a beautifully hand-painted oil painting of your mother or a portrait of her with the family is an extremely special gift to give her. Portraits genuinely make special gifts as it shows how much you care through the time and thought you’ve taken into finding the photograph to base your portrait on, to thinking about the moment you would like the artist to paint for your mother, and what it would mean to her.

All portraits are based on photographs that you send in meaning that the oil painting that you commission for her is still going to be a complete surprise!

Past commissions include:

  • Oil portraits of her mother or father
  • A touching family portrait of her with the children.
  • Portraits of her with her siblings or with her partner.
  • A portrait of the new baby or children
  • And of course a beautifully hand-painted oil portrait of her looking her best that she would love to proudly display.

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Portraits based on your favourite photograph of your mother or family

As all of our portraits are based on a photograph or several photos, all you need to do is email your chosen photo(s) to portraits@fabulousmasterpieces.co.uk or post them into us.We can paint things into your portrait or omit details that you didn’t like in your original photograph. We can work from several photographs too! Please take a look at our Portraits from Multiple Photographs to see examples.

All portraits are custom-made & lovingly hand-painted with premium oils onto top quality canvases

Every portrait that you commission with our portrait artists is completely custom-made. Meaning, not only can we paint your portrait to any dimensions that you need, but if you wish, you can also have complete control in how you want your portrait to be painted. If you have ideas on how you would like the background to be painted for example and in what colours, please tell us. We’re really happy to listen to any of your ideas. Alternatively, if you want the artist to use their own judgement then that’s fine too!

Gift vouchers are available

If you would prefer your mother to choose what photograph she would like the artist to base her portrait on, we can send you out a lovely gift voucher with a personalised message from you.

Prices

Prices start from £250 and if you would like to receive a quote please email portraits@fabulousmasterpieces.co.uk. To see the portrait price guide, please click here.

Beautiful oil paintings that capture a moment that is really special for your mother is an extremely touching gift and is literally something that she can keep and proudly display forever!

For more information please visit the Commission a Portrait page or The Mother’s Day Gifts Page

Have a question?

We’d love to hear from you! If you would like to add something,  or ask a question concerning our oil portraits please leave a comment.

Bye for now x

Fabulous Masterpieces is the Premier UK Portrait Company. Curious to learn more about us? Then please visit the About Fabulous Masterpieces page. 

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