Commissioned Work. Your bespoke piece.
I have no idea what I’ll create for you and that’s the fun part. You could tell me about yourself, what makes you tick, what your passions are, astrological signs, spiritual beliefs, perhaps send me your favorite images that really speak to you. It’s really up to you. All of that information would then inform the work. We can work on ideas together, understanding that neither of us can perfectly envision the final result which, again, is the fun part! I could also provide progress photos if you like and I’m open to your input. Or it can be a surprise. Whatever the synergy of our minds working together manifests, I can promise that nothing else like it exists in this world.
Pricing is also really up to you. The more hours I can put into it, the more amazing the work will be and it is my hope that your piece is my best work yet. Commissioned works starts at $1,000.00. One good method for determining price is to close your eyes and ask yourself, “How much should I spend on the most meaningful thing I will ever own?” A number will pop into your head. Then open your eyes and double it to ensure that you haven’t sold yourself short. Remember, we are trying to capture the intangible mystery that is you.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What materials do you use?
The #1 question I get during exhibitions is about the material used, people asking if they’re ceramic or metal or even plastic (!) because people have just never seen wood like this before. Neither have I and I’ve looked and looked!
How do you do it?
Given that neither I nor anyone else I’ve talked to has ever seen work like this before, I think I’ll keep it that way for a while
Are the pieces stained or varnished?
No, it’s just wood. My finishing process gives a dark patina along with the aged, raised grain, yet they still gleam and shimmer. Basically, the texture, color and any cracks that may appear is what the wood would look like after several hundred years of oxidation.
Do you use a CNC machine?
No, each piece is hand-carved.
Where do you get your wood?
All wood used is either scrap–primarily the offcut ends of thick boards from a local wooden window manufacturer’s scrap bin, mostly mahogany–or reclaimed salvage wood from old building demolition. I just don’t want to be complicit in the destruction of forest habitat.
Where do you get your inspiration?
This work began in the Amazon jungle several years ago when I was cured by native healers. One of their plant-based medicines contains the most powerful visionary substance known to man and it was during intense visions that I learned my technique and saw the imagery that informs the work. I also get inspired by clients when creating commissioned work, producing pieces specifically for them that I never would have thought of otherwise.
Let me create a unique piece for you. Just fill in the form below and the rest is history.
What Our Customers are Saying
“I first saw Chris Isner’s astounding sculptures on a post in Facebook. I was instantly fascinated by his work. At once it is dark, monstrous, a deep exploration of a tortured Id; and at once mythic, beautiful, transcendent, and a triumph of human potential. I’d like to say Chris’s work is like some great artist of the past but that is not possible. It is unique, fascinating, timeless. The forms and faces appear to grow out of the wood he so expertly carves, revealing the monsters and gods hidden to the unawakened eye. I am the proud owner of several of Chris’s pieces and I look forward to adding more to my collection. Hafiz says that “True art makes the divine silence in the soul break into applause.” This is most true with Chris’s amazing work.”Dr. Richard Grossman
“I was I introduced to Chris' work through a mutual friend who owns a piece. I was absolutely floored by his attention to detail and how much the piece moved me so I contacted Chris to inquire about commissioning one for myself.
I was expecting to have a nice conversation between an artist and a client what I got was so much more.
Chris immediately started brainstorming and throwing out ideas to which I was quickly able to respond. It became a frenzy of creativity and just added to the entire experience and overall meaning of my piece. When I look at the finished product I see our combined creativity and it makes it that much more amazing.
Not only was Chris quick to reply he was quick to create, but that doesn't mean he rushed. He puts his entire soul into his creations. When I received my finished creation I could literally feel Chris' amazing positive energy resonating from it.
It is so much more than a beautiful and meaningful sculpture on my wall. It's a talisman that will be something I pass down to my children and they to theirs. After this experience I am also honored to be able to call Chris a friend, he is a beautiful soul and our world is a better place with him in it sharing his gift with us all.”
"Gracias a usted por purificar mis ojos con tan bellas creaciones tan poderosas y magnificas!" ("Thank you for purifying my eyes with beautiful creations so powerful and magnificent!")Kamala Shakti Ibanez