Portraits and Faces
While Houston’s John Ross Palmer is best-known for his large, abstract paintings, over the past two decades he has been commissioned countless times for portraits, and, on a great number of occasions he has presented portraits to notable persons. Palmer’s first large-scale effort to master portraits occurred with this 2011 commission project, Faces. A history of the Faces project is included on this page. When commissioning an artist for a portrait, it is customary for the collector to feel some anxiety because it’s absolutely necessary that the subject and their spirit be captured perfectly on the canvas. No other artist has the ability and proven process to deliver the portrait to the collector just as they desire. Palmer has the ability to create portraits that range from small to large and from classic to contemporary. If you would like to acquire a portrait that will withstand time and be revered for generations, reach out to John Ross Palmer.
History of the Faces Project
In 2010, Houston’s John Ross Palmer completed his historic Jane & Co. Pet Portrait and Book Project. While so many animal-loving art collectors made that endeavor an incredible success, others were hungry to honor not only their four-legged friends but also their human companions in a masterpiece. Following that sentiment, Palmer chose to expand his artistic and realistic skills by launching a project that focused on humankind rather than the animal kingdom. In September of 2010, Artist John Ross Palmer looked to his collectors to name his upcoming 2011 commission project. By written ballot out of a choice of five possibilities (The Countenance Project, Daniel & Friends, Faces, Immortals, and The Bob Crump Project), collectors voiced their opinion for the “best and most appropriate” title for the new series. In a landslide victory, Faces was the clear winner. Out of all of the ballots that voted for Faces, one was randomly selected in a blindfolded drawing to kick-off the special Portrait and Book Project. Collector Leslie Gorman’s ballot was picked–and, by winning, she was awarded a 24″ x 24″ Palmer portrait on wood. After signing up for Faces, the collector received one-of-a-kind and first-class customer service plus art extravaganza. First off, the collector supplied their favorite photograph of their honored individual, couple, or family to the Houston Artist. Next, Palmer created a sketch based on the photograph. There was a one-time review/critique of the sketch before John Ross Palmer then moved on to creating the Portrait masterpiece. After collaborating with the collector, Palmer used his master skills to bring the honored individual(s) to life on the panel or canvas. After one final review opportunity, Palmer placed the finishing touches on the painting that will remain a family treasure for generations. John Ross Palmer’s wildly successful Faces project was completed in 2011 and is documented in a book of the same name. Faces books are on display and available for acquisition at Palmer’s Historic Houston Heights Gallery.
If you would like to make an inquiry or commission a John Ross Palmer Portrait, please contact the John Ross Palmer Art Gallery & Studio at 713-861-6726 or via the form below: