Why Commission a Portrait Artist?

A photograph tends to capture a static moment as seen through the eyes of the photographer whereas a beautifully painted portrait vibrates with energy, and can capture many different aspects of the sitter conveying a multitude of different emotions. Through the artist's interpretation and psychological insight, you see the sitter through the artist's eyes in a history of paint layers often painted over many weeks or months. A good portrait painting captures its sitter's essence and resonates powerfully with the viewer.

What to Consider When Choosing a Portrait Artist

There are many factors to consider when selecting a portrait artist to commission a portrait painting. Look carefully at the artist's work and make sure it's of consistently high quality. Be wary of cheaper portraits. Portraits take a lot of time to complete and the more skilled an artist the more you can expect to pay.

Commission a Portrait Painting

Marcus’s classical training means he is able to capture an extremely accurate likeness. Once this has been achieved, he makes way for intuitive interpretation and imbues the portrait with an energy of its own.


A three-time Archibald Prize finalist, Marcus won two of Australia's most prestigious portrait prizes, the Shirley Hannan National Portrait Prize and the Black Swan Portrait Prize (now the Lester Prize). In 2014, he was awarded the Dame Joan Sutherland Award to study in New York and in the following year received a major scholarship to study at the prestigious New York Academy of Art.


As one of the most successful portrait artists in Australia, Marcus is much in demand for oil painting commissions.

The first step to commission a portrait is to schedule a call or meeting with Marcus. Please email info@marcuscallum.com or use the form below.

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