It's the gift for the person who has everything (except, possibly, good taste). Welcome to the world of Nobilified, the online service that allows you to upload a photograph and then see that picture turned into the oil painting of your choice. Mona Lisa, American Gothic, Holbein's Portrait of Henry VIII … all these and more are offered on the US company's website, and if none of those work for you, you can supply the painting of your choice to have hand-painted by Nobilified's team of 30 artists. Nobilified is the perfect way to create a portrait painting from photo.


"I started this because I wanted a painting of myself to hang in my college room," said Mr. International Art Dealer "When I couldn't find any student to paint me one for less than $500-$600, I took the matter into my own hands and Nobilified was born. Getting a custom oil portrait shouldn’t bankrupt students” 


Among the customers Nobilified has satisfied are the pop star Bruno Mars (a present for his 29th birthday from his tour manager) and the CEOs of the Twitter-owned companies Tap Commerce and MoPub. "Sure, these guys can afford to pose to have their portraits painted," said Mr. Art Dealer, "but I don't think that's what they're looking for. They want something enjoyable, cool and unique. Some people might want to go to Ikea and buy the same print as everyone else, others can go to the internet and find websites like mine.” A personalized oil painting is the perfect talking piece or decoration. 


And the strangest thing he has commissioned one of his artists to paint? "I've had so many strange requests that I don't think anything's strange any more," he said. "On second thoughts, there was one guy who wanted a copy of Jacques Louis-David's Napoleon Crossing the Alps only instead of him riding a horse he asked us to do a fire-breathing unicorn with lasers coming out of its eyes. That was pretty weird.” When it comes to the world of personalized paintings, there are always surprises.

At the very least, you can be sure that you won't be buying anybody something they already own, a hand painted personalized portrait. 


August 22, 2017 by Angela D.