Art Search Limited
Art Search Limited

"Friendly,approachable and unpretentious art advice...a particular gift for looking at a

 space and knowing exactly what will suit it best."

Art Search Limited Art Consultants

Art Search Limited has been advising major international corporations and private clients on all aspects of art for over thirty years - everything from commissioning major works of art to helping to carefully select a single print.


Our clients include 3Com, Abbey, AIG, BBC, Birchams, BMW, Farrer & Co, Glaxo SK, Nabarro, Northern Trust, Shell, Sinopec and The Sultan of Brunei.


The art consultancy was formed in 1984 by it's director Philip Herriott who was formerly Secretary General of The Federation of British Artists.  Projects have included creating a new contemporary art collection for Farrer & co, commissioning over 2,000 watercolours for Abbey, providing all the artwork for 26 campus sites for DEC and commissioning four major historical marine paintings for the Chairman of Shell. Please see Projects

"Providing all the artwork for several of the BMW buildings including our British Headquarters and our flagship showroom in Park Lane offered very different challenges which Art Search met brilliantly."

Ron Young

Head of Property


Our Art Consultancy Service

We are able to provide a complete art consultancy service specifically tailored to our client's needs including sourcing works of art, commissioning new work, curating a client's own art collection and arranging for the sale of client's own art. 

Please see Consultancy


We do not charge a fee for our consultancy service as we receive a commission from the artists.

"Art Search Limited were superb on all four of our projects, their depth of knowledge, research skills and attention to detail were essential in the successful commissioning of this very impressive series of marine paintings which I believe to be an important historical record created for posterity by Shell."

Sir Peter Holmes


The Range of Art

We work with both very well established artists and new up and coming young artists particularly recent graduates from art college. Please see Artists

We can provide any form of art including paintings, prints, hangings, sculpture and photography in both a contemporary or traditional style. Please see Range of Art


"Farrer & Co was refurbished in 2016 and our new contemporary art collection has

been carefully chosen with the advice of expert Philip Herriott, Director of Art Search Limited reflecting the culture and individualism of The Firm. It includes work by both established and emerging artists and the selection of a range of art mediums including drawings, paintings, textiles and photography all echo the ongoing creative ethos of Farrers."

Farrer & Co website

Selecting art for your office or home

Selecting work by Philip Mount at a designer's studio and subsequent installation of his work at Broadview reception in St James's

We aim to make the whole process of selecting art easy and enjoyable for our clients, work can be selected in situ at their home or office, or during a specially arranged visit to an artist's studio. To help our clients to make their choices we have developed our Art Search Art Review, showing a huge range of what is available in the art world today. 

For further details please see Selecting Art

"I was delighted with the help and advice Philip gave me about the art for my apartment. The whole selection process was enjoyable. It was particularly helpful that he could bring work to me so that we could view it in situ in the apartment to see if it was suitable and that he could work around my busy schedule.

I use the apartment frequently for entertaining and the quality of the artwork is regularly complimented. I would recommend Philip extremely highly."

Jonathan Moulds

Private client

Commissioning art 

As well as sourcing existing artwork for our clients, many of the works we have provided have been specially commissioned for their projects. These have ranged from large scale installations to single watercolours. 

Shown above are examples of installations of commissioned hangings and textile work.

Please see Commissions

"Commissioning this series of over 2,000 paintings of 'Watercolours of Britain'  for our network of local branches nationwide has created a magnificent and unique art

collection for Abbey. It was a huge undertaking which Philip Herriott and Art Search

Limited carried out with aplomb"

Lord Tugendhat


About us

The consultancy was founded by Philip Herriott who was formerly Secretary General of The Federation of British Artists, one of Europe's largest art organisations, where he worked with over two thousand artists. He was dirctor of the Alwin Gallery of Contemporary British Sculpture where he worked with the artists Elizabeth Frink and Lynn Chadwick and the estate of Henry Moore. 

Over the years Art Search has collaborated with major organisations such as The CBI and The RIBA to create 'The Art Initiative' showcasing the best of art available in Britain today.

Please see About us

"Art Search's director Philip Herriott ran the Federation of British Artists for several

years which means he knows everyone in the world of art. If you have a home or

office with empty walls, Herriott is the best person to help you find something to fill

them, no matter whether it's for a boardroom or a drawing room.


Friendly, approachable and unpretentious he will guide beginners through the

labyrinthine tunnels of the art trade while at the same time he can source precisely

what the cognoscenti such as the Sultan of Brunei and BMW want to acquire. He

has a particular gift for looking at a space and knowing exactly what will suit it best."

Helen Kirwan-Taylor

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