One of Paul's exceptional abilities as an artist is to capture a sympathetic likeness in a portrait. He achieves this by working from photographs & life with the person in question. His personal approach and interaction allows him to get to know the person and as he puts it "is a crucial element to achieve a true image of a person."

Barry Cassin , Actor

Barry Cassin , Actor by Paul D'Arcy

This can involve painting the sitter in their own environment and among their own possessions,adding to the sense of who the person is from a viewers point of view.
All commissioned paintings in the end are a collaboration between the artist and the sitter.

Over the years Paul has also painted a number of portraits posthumously.
This is a delicate matter and is handled with the greatest of respect.
Please note : that for a successful portrait in these cases
the quality and variety of photographs available of the deceased is important.

PORTRAIT PRICING ... for an oil painting completed & framed. There are a number of portraits types outlined and priced below :

1. BUST PORTRAIT ... typically concentrating on the head (approximate size 24 x 20 inches) 1,000 euro

2. HALF LENGTH PORTRAIT ... typically concentrating on head and shoulders (approximate size 30 x 24 inches) 1,500 euro

3. THREE QUARTER LENGTH PORTRAIT ... typically concentrating on Head , shoulders and hands and also possibly in a setting ie. on a chair in a room.
(approximate size 30 x 50 inches) 3,000 euro

4. FULL LENGTH PORTRAIT ... typically concentrating on Full length portrait, Head , shoulders , hands and feet and generally in a particular setting ie. a room or landscape
(approximate size 72 x 40 inches) 5,000 euro

Click here to enquire about commissioning a portrait.

Group portraits, such as family groups, can also be commissioned.
These are more time consuming paintings and as a result are that bit more expensive and are dependent on depends on the number of figures complexity and size.

Click here to enquire about a group portrait.

TIME SCALE : Commissioned oil portraits because of their complexity tend to take a couple of months to complete.


Paul loves to travel and will be only to happy to "travel anywhere in the world to complete a commission , :)".
Naturally travel outside the island of Ireland would need to be incorporated into the agreed commission price.
Please feel free to contact Paul about any enquiries you may have regarding an idea that you would like to discuss;
He will happily to talk to you , without any obligation on your part , regarding your idea , all you need to do is contact him.

.... and for the investment minded people .....

Tax Advantages of Buying Artwork in Ireland.

Capital Allowance Wear & Tear
Legislation S284 TCA 1997 states:

Section 2
Where a corporate or individual tax payer buys a work of art and displays it at their business premises for the purpose of promoting their business, the work of art is treated as machinery or plant, and is eligible for the annual wear and tear allowance of 12.5% on a straight line basis.

It is recommended that you consult your accountant in relation to art related investments and where necessary approved by the Revenue Commissioners.