Testimonials about Commissions
“I was enthralled with Topher’s series of works inspired by the National Parks and approached him about a commission. We discussed his work, the pieces that resonated the most with me, and ultimately decided to create an original work based on a very special place to me in the Rockies of Colorado and in the style of The Parks. Topher reviewed a number of photographs and worked hard to ensure he understood my connection to the place, down to my favorite time of year and even time of day. He created a beautiful piece of original work that is the centerpiece of my living room remodel. In addition to being a very talented artist, he is a great professional. He listens and communicates effectively and works quickly but with all his heart. I greatly enjoyed the process and absolutely love the piece.”
— Brian Pryor, Art Collector
“Topher’s work is stunning and on metal it makes the colors pop. I love water and the color blue. I saw a post he created of the Pacific Ocean and wanted to do an original commission from it. Topher and I worked together, in his studio to create a painting. It turned out stunning and I enjoyed working with him.
— Barbara Stanton, Art Collector
"I commissioned Topher to create a depiction of Bora Bora based on a personal photograph from my travels there. We collaborated on ideas for color and texture over multiple sessoins. It was fun and interesting to watch Topher make changes that ultimately developed into my custom piece. I really like the final product!"
When Topher Straus showed me his work I was taken with the exuberance and color of his paintings and the excitement of him talking about his work. My gallery was proud to host his first one person exhibition of THE PARKS. Topher is easy work with and I look forward to our future exhibitions
— Niza Knoll, Gallery Owner
Straus’ landscapes have a retro cubist quality, along with a dash of Yellow Submarine.
— Michael Paglia, Art Critic
Topher’s work is…beautiful…creative…eye capturing. You can’t help but look!
— Heidi McDowell, American Mountaineering Museum
“Straus’ work is alarming with color, solid and vibrant. Each work, they first jump out at the viewer separately and then together in a cooperative relationship with one another. His subjects focus on everyday images, though envisioned through an abstract scope. Each piece seems familiar and in most cases, jarringly emotional.”
— Matthew Marchesano, Critic & Journalist
Straus’s large, landscape mountain parks are an abstracted look that suggests the very canyon walls and mountain peaks the [American Mountaineering Museum] was built to extol.
— Susan Froyd, Art Critic