Painted Graduation Portrait

A custom, hand painted graduation portrait is the ultimate in luxury graduation gifts. We work closely with oil painter John Elles to create a lasting commemoration for such a significant occasion for you, or your loved one. What better way to display your academic achievements than have an oil painting on the wall for generations to come?

Each portrait is fully customised and can include a plain background or a scene from your University. Graduates are not required to sit for the portrait, as John can work directly from photographs. Once we have received your order you will be put in direct contact with the artist to discuss your vision and ideas!

Paintings are offered in two sizes: small (10 inches x 12 inches) and large (12 inches x 16 inches). Based on the complexity of the portrait, the expected time frame for delivery is around 2-3 months.

John Elles is a contemporary portrait and cityscape painter who lives and works in Lancaster. Working from his studio and gallery in the heart of the historic city, his colourful paintings pay homage to his surroundings. His distinctive personal style emanates mystique and wonder, and he is influenced by the work of Rene Magritte and Edward Hopper.
Picturesque cityscapes, classic vehicles, pop art, and portraits from clients photographs are all brought to life with contrasting and harmonious colours and bold compositions. As the artist explains, “My paintings merge modern townscapes with ideas of the recent past. The intention is to present a rich re-imagining of familiar places by manipulating the layers of time.” More recently he has embraced portrait painting, and demand for his work is high.

As a child John received prizes for his innate talent. He earned a Bachelor of Art in Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning from Manchester Metropolitan University University. It was while working in this environment that he developed skills in digital and computer aided design, techniques he uses today combined with traditional methods to produce his distinctive paintings.

John’s artwork has been shown in exhibitions in Lancaster and the North of England, including “Cafe Culture” at Townhouse Gallery in Morecambe. His paintings are in private collections around the world, and clients include the ex CEO of Saatchi and Saatchi Kevin Roberts, a prominent Football Club owner, and a well known British television personality. In 2018 his graduation artwork and illustrations were published in the book “ A Guide To Degree Ceremonies” By Sandra Wearden.

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2 days ago

"Overall Great"

They're identical to fellow graduates and are comfortable, which is perfect! Customer service, 10/10!!!

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a week ago

"Would Definitely recommend"

Would definitely recommend getting your graduation gowns from here. Much cheaper than competitive companies yet the gowns were of equal quality.

Olivia
a day ago

"Fantastic from start to finish'"

Compared to the official Uni gowns my daughter looked far smarter as theirs were very creased & her Churchills mortarboard was far superior in both fit and appearance.

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2 days ago
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