Ten artists first-time buyers should invest in now
For this edition of Design Scout, we toured the recent 2010 Art Toronto fair with Anya Shor and Manny Neubaucher, otherwise known as the Art Stylists, an art-consulting duo who work with private clients and such Toronto hot spots as Böhmer and Brassaii to place art into the perfect setting. Shor and Neubacher are always on the hunt for up-and-coming talent, so we asked them to show us 10 Canadian artists for new collectors to invest in now. The following slide show includes pieces that would complement many design schemes, all priced at $9,000 or less.
Leong blends iconographic imagery from Canadian art with Chinese painting techniques to reinvent what the Group of Seven and Emily Carr made famous. Even though his prices are already higher, his works will certainly increase in value over time.<strong> </strong>His perspective is unique, and his work has a lyrical beauty with deep roots.
<strong>10. Rick Leong, <em>Parisian Laundry</em></strong>
The winner of the prestigious $25,000 RBC Canadian Painting Competition, Lavoie beat out more than 600 artists from across the country for the big prize. He’s very much in the public eye at the moment, and his star is on the rise.
Smaller than postcards, these little hyper-realistic marvels are oil paintings depicting banal suburban strip malls, houses and decrepit motels. Bayne is a recipient of the Canada Arts Council emerging-artist grant, and his work is in high demand (the AGO recently acquired a piece). This one is priced at $6,000.
<strong>8. Mike Bayne, <em>Painting Mimico</em>, Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Gallery, Toronto</strong>
Another celebrated OCAD graduate (class of 2003), Knight uses traditional painting techniques to portray innocently androgynous figures, often as attractive as they are disturbing. He has received multiple emerging-artist grants and is collected in galleries across Canada and the U.S. His masterful technique and captivating modern subject matter make him one to watch.
These savage porcelain sculptures depict heavy tools smashing into vases, urns and teacups, satisfying the need to rebel against Grandma’s china. With a Dali-like feel, Craste’s striking work will be collected by lovers of non-traditional sculpture with an ironic twist. This piece is priced at $6,500.
<strong>6. Laurent Craste, <em>Ornement et Crimes 1,</em> Galerie SAS, Montreal</strong>
Phillips is a Toronto native now based in Vancouver; his suburban watercolours start at $2,500. Loved for his delicate eye and tender technique, Phillips exhibits in galleries from New York to Zurich, and his work is much coveted here in Toronto.
<strong>5. Brad Phillips, Clark and Faria Gallery, Toronto</strong>
Moran—known for her interesting use of paint and large, sensuous brush strokes—is a graduate of OCAD and received the Governor General’s Academic Medal for outstanding achievement. Prices for her work have doubled in a few short years, and Shor and Neubacher believe that it’s just the beginning.
<strong>4. Kristine Moran, Clark and Faria Gallery, Toronto</strong>
Urban is widely known as the leading Canadian painter of his generation. Born in 1966 in Toronto, he studied poetry and painting at York University. His canvases can be found at the National Gallery and in countless collections from Soho to Shanghai. While his larger pieces can sell for much more, Urban created these smaller works on paper for $2,600 each—any one of them would add heft to a collection.
<strong>3. David Urban, Corkin Gallery, Toronto</strong>
This young abstract expressionist has won a slew of prestigious awards, including honourable mention in the RBC painting competition. She’s now collected by such major corporate buyers as BMO Financial Group, Royal Bank, TD and the Department of Foreign Affairs. Her pieces—reminiscent of the work of Canadian abstract expressionists of the ’60s and ’70s—are still priced under $5,000, for now.
<strong>2. Melanie Authier, <em>Catapult on Standby, </em>2010, Michael Gibson Gallery, London, ON</strong>
McLeod is usually represented by Angell Gallery; these otherworldly digital landscapes were created as a fundraising effort for Toronto’s Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art. His last show sold out in record time, and this piece is exceptionally affordable at $850. What appears to be a photograph of a real miniature is actually a digital creation. Often priced much higher, McLeod’s works are to be collected now, before his career heads skyward.
<strong>1. Alex McLeod, <em>Enchanted Return, </em>2010, MOCCA, Toronto</strong>