House Portraits

Working from life and/or photographs I create personal bespoke portraits of homes.

I am currenly working on a house in Wimbledon, right next to the tennis courts. Still in progress, this is a film of my first draft for the composition. The client and I are now refining it; changing some of the planting etc.. before I start the actual print.


I also rather like the skecthbook page I created for this project using the photos I took on my site visit. I find 'doodling' in and around the photos helps me to form a composition in my head - I also add notes about which plants the client wants to include, often these are not flowering or have been completely removed but they can be restored with 'artistic license'. We have also included the local church which you cannot actually see from the house but features nearby and again with a little creativity can be included.


Recent commission - Highgate North London 


Coming soon - my first indoors house portrait - it's more of a 'shelfie with cat' and I am enjoying making it very much.


In this film you see the process of creation from initial drawing, trace and print to final painting. The home owner was leaving her home of 20 years and commissioned this as a memory. She specified the details, all of which held a personal significance to her and her family; her bike, Primrose Hill, the London Eye, even the cranes.

 I do not make an exact representation of the property, I try to capture the feeling of the home. I often include local features, front and back of the property and any particularly personal touches that make it your home.

Kate Guy prints house portrait Hampton Springs
Hampton Springs
A magnificient house between Richmond and Kingston Upon Thames. The owner wanted to highlight the proximity to Richmond Park - shown in the lefthand top corner with two deer relaxing in the grass. It also includes 'The Conduit House' a Historic England site situated in the garden - in the front of the picture.
Goldrings House Portrait by Kate Guy Prints
Goldrings, Cobham
This was commissioned by someone who lived here and commuted into London to work, so I have included a skyline of the city viewed across the local heathland where they would exercise their dogs (also included). The daffodils were also requested as they were in particular fine form when they first moved there in the Spring.
Kate Guy Prints Suffolk Cottage house portrait
Suffolk, UK
This shows the front and backviews of the property linked through an archway in the fence in the centre of the image. Also featured; a favourite gardening frog sculpture and chickens.
Kate Guy Prints House portrait Putney  Den Haag House portrait Kate Guy

These two were for a lady who was retiring to the countryside and wanted to remember her two previous homes. On the left is a terraced house on Putney hill and the right is a beautiful house in Den Haag. While it is always better to see the house for real, for the further afield commissions I work from photos and use Google Maps to get a feel of the street and surrounding area.


Kate Guy Prints house portrait Hampstead Garden Suburb  Kate Guy Prints House Portrait Hampstead Garden Suburb  

I usually create more than one just incase I make a mistake or my cat walks across it with inky paws (this has happened in the past). I then offer the 'spares' to the client at half price. When I told this to a client in Hampstead Garden Suburb he actually commissioned three to go to three siblings to celebrate the house where they grew up.

This is gorgeous home in the South of France is made of 3 village houses combined into one property with a stunning garden out the back.

Also in Europe, last year I completed a portrait of a beautiful rooftop terrace in Southern Spain.

This one was completed entirely from photographs as sadly I was unable to visit myself. As always I have used a bit of artistic licence (and Google Maps).

 The original photos

Kate Guy Prints House Portraits   Kate Guy Prints House Portraits

Stage one - initial ideas
I stick the photos into my sketchbook and work into and around them, thinking about composition, colours and what to focus on
Kate Guy Prints Sketchbook working house portraits
There is an interesting church tower, if you look the other way from the terrace, I thought it was such an iconic landmark for the town it should move round to be in view - artistic licence at work!Kate Guy Prints House Portraits Sketchbook


The finished image

 Kate Guy Prints House Portrait Roof Top Terrace Southern Spain

     This was a gift for a 60th birthday from an old friend of the owner of this terrace, she wanted to commemorate the many happy evenings spent up here sampling the local delicacies, enjoying the view and each other's company.


Regent's Park Road Primrose Hill House Portrait by Kate Guy Monotype Print
I've lived in my house in Primrose Hill for nearly 70 years and I love it. Kate has certainly done it justice with her beautiful print.
Caroline, London NW1 
To commission me please email me and we can discuss, I can work from photos and/or a visit. Alternatively you can purchase a commission as a gift with one of my gift cards.


House Portrait by Kate Guy Chalcot Road Primrose Hill London, showing the hill peeping out behind the buildings
I absolutely love my print by Kate, it was a gift from my husband and a wonderful surprise. Kate has really caught the essence of our lovely home in her work 
Lucinda, Chalcot Road, London NW1


I work with different print making techniques. The lino cut 'look' lends itself very well to the design work I do on screen printed textiles but I also like to work with other print making techniques of monoprint and dry point etching.
Monotype print Mews House Primrose Hill London Commission by Kate Guy
Mews House, Primrose Hill, London NW1
They make a great gift for someone moving house, to remember their old home or to celebrate their new one!

 Mansion Flats London House Portrait Commission by Kate Guy Monotype Print

Mansion Flats, Willesden, London NW6

House portrait Gloucester Terrace Primrose Hill Monotype Print by Kate Guy

Kensington Gardens Monotype print house portrait commission by Kate Guy
Knightsbridge, London SW7 

Camden Town Terrace Commission by Kate Guy Monotype Prints

Camden Town, London NW1

To commission me please email me and we can discuss, I can work from photos and/or a visit. Alternatively you can purchase a commission as a gift with one of my gift cards

Regent's Park Road Primrose Hill London House portrait by Kate Guy monotype print

Ground Floor Flat, Primrose Hill, London NW1

Monotype print of flats by Primrose Hill in London commission by Kate Guy

Top floor flat, Primrose Hill, London NW1

The Back Story
In 2018 I had a pop up shop / studio / gallery in Primrose Hill for five months over the long hot summer. While I was there I created a series of prints of the surrounding area. One day a lady came in and said she loved my work, one print in particular had caught her eye as it featured the road where she lived but I had missed out her house.
So a new project was born - creating bespoke prints of people's homes. I have now completed many of these portraits, mostly in and around London. I work from a site visit (optional) and photos and so can complete commissions from anywhere in the world.