Are You Struggling To Find an Experienced Portrait Artist?

An artist that can not only paint realistically but also pop art-y.

You can pick any other one-of-the-mill artist.

But it takes a special kind to understand the underlying problem with commissioned portraits.

It's A problem of Vanity

Portraits are an expression of vanity. It's when you hire a portrait artist or a professional photographer to have your big face over a wall that tells others that you are too far over the edge of self love. 

It smacks of pretentiousness and expresses a monarchy patriarch structure that is out of date from today's standards.

The same problem applies when you have a professionally taken photograph of yourself and your loved one.

Yes, it is a lot better than a portrait of just yourself...

But again it's too structured too staged.

Couple portraits taken by professionals struggle to express the dynamics of your relationship... the up and downs, and let alone your history!

Look through all the photographs in your home

James Jarvis creates his unique portraits by interviewing clients about their most precious moments and discovering what are their defining moments.

Your photo album, your Facebook profile.

Don't you agree that the best photos either capture a spontaneous moment or significant achievement in your life or career? 

The milestones of your relationship. Your first home that you can call yours. The adventures of travel.

The never forget moments that stick right there, in the back of your head.

Subconscious preservation

Have you ever heard the phrase "You have to know the past to understand the present"?

Well, in today's era of 'fake news' the importance of preserving the past is ever important. And it starts from preserving our present.

We all do it some level and you may not even know that you are doing it.

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, aren't they all if not our subconscious attempt of recording our present? Every selfie, every poignant thought, every shared article.

A look through your social feed of your friends presents to you an archive of the past all captured in (mainly) photographic imagery. 

This is the modern day update of portraiture that we have come to know it.

So why have a painting?

Good question. If all the photographs are on my social media account why do you need to have an expensive painting when you can just look on the screen of your newly minted mobile phone?

The problem comes with technology. 

With every new hardware update your current iPhone becomes outdated.

Fast forward 10-15 years and the technology would have changed so much that you would struggle to turn that first iPhone on without the correct plugs, or jacks.

The same things happens with data and how it is stored.

Right now everything is in the 'Cloud', before that it was location specific servers, before emails that could carry large data it was usb sticks, before that floppy disks (remember those?), then cds, before then old fashioned paper. 

With each significant technological advance you run the risk of loosing all that data

All those memories.

Right now everything is on the cloud, but who knows what will happen in the future?

And you think your social media accounts is secure?

What happens when the next big computer virus comes along? Or when social media platforms decides to charge customers for membership? 

It might not happen, but you'll never know what the future holds, especially when you have no input as to how these tech giants run their businesses.

To really embrace and capture your signifiant past you must get your memories off the cloud and have them properly recorded.

But knowing this...

... I bet you haven't printed a hardcopy photograph in ages?

Am I right? 

In today's instant, real-time, world the photos of our preserved present are on our mobile phones. Easy assessable. 

Since we shifted to the digital there has been no urgent need for us to print those beautiful images we take.

A time not so long ago when we used camera films, if we wanted to see the results we HAD to print them. 

Now we are in state of flux where we say to ourselves "I'll just take care off it later". 

With immediate satisfaction of the Internet we are loosing the immediacy of our real-world lives.

That's what I have discovered when writing my new book Preserved Present;

In order for traditional painting to integrate with our real-time digital world artists need to recognised more as an archiver than a creative.

Paintings That Preserve Our Present

Kim Jong-un painting by James Jarvis.
Donald Trump painting by James Jarvis.
Fidel Castro painting by James Jarvis.
Brexit painting by James Jarvis.

The paintings in James Jarvis's collection are constantly updated with timely pieces of art.

The philosophy behind my Pixelrealism art is to get as close to real time as possible... no matter how impossible that may sound as painter that usually takes a month to complete a single piece of art.

I try to capture and record our present as accurately, and creatively as I can, and this is becoming as important as ever with the advent of Fake-News and Donald Trump's attempts to change our very history by limiting the freedom of the press. 

But how do I do this? How am I sure what to document and what to leave behind? 

Each painting goes through a system that I call "CaptiveCompositions".

A composition is the placement of visual elements, I take this one step further and capture the essence, the narrative, of a person. 

My two paintings signifies the preservation of key moments of our recent history.

From Kim Jong-un's growing threats towards the United States; Donald Trump's rise to power through his serialised sexism; the death of Fidel Castro and the masculinity he represented; and strength of women in post-Brexit Britain.

Art collectors who want to take it to the next level look to get bespoke pieces that represents (accurately) who they are.

This is what I am offering you. 

A chance to get off the state of influx, liberate your memories, and have it recorded on canvas in a unique and creative way that causes the audience to be hypnotized. 

A chance to preserve your present in the only way that you deserve and start a reference point for future generations of your family.

There is no mystery here

'Just For Laughs' by James Jarvis

'Just For Laughs' (oil on canvas) was created in real-time. Just as threats of Kim Jong-un's expanding nuclear arsnel started to distress Donald Trump

With other commission artists you never know what you are going to get. Especially with those that lack the dedication to follow their creative convictions. 

Rather than creating a completely different art style for art commissions, he weird and unnatural portrait pose I talked about earlier. I want to treat your commission with the same respect and attention to detail as my own personal collections. An extension if you will. 

Consider a bespoke commission painting to be an update of 'Just For Laughs' but with your backstory.

A story that integrates your family and history within a composition that you can proudly show to your friends without feeling embarrassed.  Without running the risk of feeling vain.

Once you agree I would ask to have access to your Facebook account, as a friend (which is what I will be after the end of this project), so that I can look through your photographs and help select images that fit a narrative that we decide on.

Yes, you pick the narrative.

It can be based on your relationship, your adventures, your milestones.

We can't put it all on a painting otherwise it will be a mess.

The narrative needs to be exact and pinpoint in order to get to your truth and at the same time guarantee that your painting commission will be as beautiful as it can be.

This is what I call the idealisation stage and its here we build the groundwork of your bespoke painting and I will be there to help guide you.


I love how the art connects current daily subjects into a single visualization.

With each artwork having a clear statement and opinion.

But most importantly, James’ collection makes heavy subjects understandable and somehow easier to digest, within this fake news era.

Just looking at his artworks makes you want to own your own piece.

Nikkie van Schijndel General Manager at Netraco, Shanghai, China

I'd highly recommend it to others, particularly those who are interested in art that is truly modern, and reflects deep thought on a subject.

I love the way different motifs are combined to create a single yet multi-layered piece of art

James' painting style is unique and always captures my attention. He captures the realism of the subject, but in a way where you can appreciate it as a painting. I really enjoy his use of color - it really makes the pieces pop off the canvas. He's always willing to try new projects and innovate, which is very hard to do.

I'd highly recommend it to others, particularly those who are interested in art that is truly modern, and reflects deep thought on a subject.

Keep at it mate!

Vasco Pereira Strategic Finance Manager, AppDirect, San Francisco, United States

I love how James always has an interesting way of presenting what's in his mind.

The explosive graphic is as ironic and significant as the objects that he put together. It lightens up the issue and make the viewer think.

James' art is about real people with a real goal to fight, for which I believe it's the meaning of life. To change and to improve the world is what we’re here for.

To own art is to share the same believe as the artist. For sure I would recommend friends who are also a revolutionist to own a piece of art of James.

Stay calm and keep rebelling.

Robyn Hung Director and Founder of Robyn, Shanghai, China

what's after the idealisation stage?

Once the composition is approved its time for us to start.

And with every Pixelrealism commission there are three phases.

The foundation stage is most important stage of the process.

Phase 1: Umber Monotone

Each Pixelrealism painting starts with a strong foundation.

And that foundation is a painted layer of monotone colours.

This phase helps define how the final painting will look.

Colours are now added to the mix.

Phase 2: Colour Filter

Once the foundation is set its time to add colour. 

This stage is arguably the most fun since the painting as fast transformation will now take place.

Fidel Castro painting by James Jarvis.

The final painting after three distinct phases that brings it all together.

Phase 2: Hi-Res

This is where the magic truly happens and separates the talented from the masters.

When the painting is coming to its finalisation a touch of finesse is needed to bring it to life. 

These final touches involves highlights on the skin, making the dark colours deep, reflection on metals. 

And then the painting is finished.

And this is how installed payments will be made...

There will be no full lump payments, or ridiculous 50% upfront that is usually expected in the art industry.

The art commission process is personal experience.

And a personal experience requires trust on both sides.

This means that in order to start each phase an initial milestone payment is needed to move forward.

It will go like this:

  • 1
    Client starts a phase with a milestone payment.
  • 2
    Once the phase is finished it will go under client review.
  • 3
    When approved the client will start the next phase with another milestone payment 

But what if you don't get value for money?

What happens if you feel like you were cheated and find that once the art commission is in your hands that it looks nothing like you'd expect from a realistic painter?

This is where I introduce my Phases guarantee.

Which means that if you decide the painting quality is not what you expected, then just let me know and I will refund you the last paid instalment.

With no questions asked.

And on top of that final phase comes with a 30 day refund guarantee.

Which starts AFTER you receive the artwork.

This gives you enough time to gauge the reactions of your friends and family (which I know is very important when buying high-level art).

the pricing of My original paintings start at £4600...

And my bespoke (consulting) commissions, as you can imagine, are a lot more.... 

Well thats what you thought I would say, didn't you?

I'm going to let you into a little secret...

bespoke art commissions should Not cost more than original art!

And anyone who tells you otherwise is lying.

Like most things in life, everything comes down to value.

What may be valuable to you may not be valuable to anyone else.

Original art from artist, yes, has market value.

Custom artworks that are in collaboration with clients do not.

They can only be sold once and that is in a transaction between artist and client.

And that's why you should never accept art commissions from artists that overcharge.


40 x 50cm 

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    Composition Idealisation (worth £100) 
  • Umber Monotone Phase (worth £500)
  • Colour Filter Phase (worth £700)
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    Hi-Res Phase (worth £1200)


60 x 80cm

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    Composition Idealisation (worth £100)
  • Umber Monotone Phase (worth £620)
  • Colour Filter Phase (worth £910)
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    Hi-Res Phase (worth £1250)
  • Umber Monotone Phase (worth £620)
  • Colour Filter Phase (worth £910)
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    Hi-Res Phase (worth £1250)
  • Lifetime Pixelrealism Membership (worth £289 per year)
  • Art Insurance (worth £75)


Pixelrealism Portraits is for art clients who understand the true value of bespoke commissions and the value of trust.

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