KGS Studios in New Orleans
Kevin G Saunders has been preparing for years to create an international presence with his grand scale fine art portraiture, similar to the results created by Yousuf Karsh and John Singer Sargent in the last century. The tradition of large fine art wall portraits has been cherished by discerning and prominent individuals and families for centuries and at a time when traditions are being discarded, fewer and fewer people are capable of creating portraits of this quality.
In 2014, Kevin started down the pathway to earn the reputation of Master Portrait Artist of the 21st Century. Through years of honing his craft, he acquired the skills and the equipment to perform at the world-class level that his clients perform. The pandemic created the pause and the opportunity to mount an international campaign that is sustainable and appreciated by those who seek the best of the best.
Kevin’s studio atmosphere has been recreated for location work, and while there is still a lot of equipment, the one-of-a-kind backdrop that defines Kevin’s signature work has been duplicated in a portable format. The space and electrical requirements have been defined and now, Kevin can travel anywhere in the world to create these unique and special portraits in black and white or color.
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Commission Kevin and Invite Your Friends
New Orleans is a center for excellence and a nexus for discerning successful people who appreciate the work Kevin creates. They can now commission Kevin to create legacy portraits in New Orleans without having to travel to San Antonio. Here is a plan to have a local Visionary help invite some friends and get portraits at the same time.
Currently, we can acquire a rental studio in New Orleans. It is a multi-day rental even for one portrait session so it makes sense to group a minimum of five commissions in one time period as Kevin is also booking sessions elsewhere in the world.
Do you see yourself in an Visionary role? Contact Kevin for details.
The local Visionary will have knowledge of and access to prominent individuals who have a legacy that is worth documenting for the benefit of the individuals and the community. Here are some of the ways a Visionary can make this trip possible:
Finding at least 5 subjects who will commission Kevin to produce at least one 30 x 40-inch portrait with a frame.
Getting them to clear their schedule for an agreed-upon time and date so Kevin can bring the studio to New Orleans.
Host an event to honor the subjects where we can all meet prior to or after the portraits have been created. This is not mandatory but it is done on Kevin's international trips and it is a great way to create an event to be remembered.
If special furniture is wanted or other props, the Visionary will help with logistics and local movers.
If a home with large enough rooms (indoor basketball or tennis court, 4 car garage with ceiling height, ballroom) then Kevin can set up there instead of a rental studio. It is more personal and private and a Visionary may even host if that is desired.
A 30"x 40" portrait plus frame and custom light equals approximately $23,000 USD. Reference pricing is located here. Each member of the group will commit to at least one portrait of this size. This will be the amount paid upfront by the group to initiate the trip. The portrait sessions are unlimited so there is no limit to the number or size of portraits created. After all portrait photography is finished and commissions defined, the difference will be collected on-site via credit card.
Production will commence and when artistry is completed, digital proofs will be emailed for approval. Artistry takes an average of 6-10 weeks. If the Masterpiece Painted Finish is chosen, an additional six weeks is needed for that process after approval. Printing and framing will continue after final approval.
The portraits will be carefully packed and shipped. If you require hanging assistance we can help, and you can even fly Kevin to New Orleans to hang the portraits personally if you wish.
The minimum space needed in New Orleans is one space 30 x 50, or two spaces, one 30 x 35 and the other 12 x 25. The larger spaces need at least 13-foot ceilings. Three 20 amp electrical circuits are required. Kevin's remote studio is completely self-contained so all equipment can be brought from the San Antonio headquarters.
Black and White Studio
Kevin G Saunders and KGS Studios unconditionally guarantees artistry, printing, framing and lighting 100 percent and will work with the client to assure complete satisfaction. There are no refunds but any warranty claims will be honored upon photographic proof of defect.
It is Kevin’s goal to have this Visionary facilitate a trip as often as is practical and to forge a long-term strategic alliance in the field of Fine Art Portraiture.