Canadian Artists To Invest In
In general the Canadian Art market has always been at a far lower price than then that of it’s European or American counter parts. It’s kind of like we are their Red Headed Step Cousins, partly it’s because we are a young nation and partly it is because many of our national treasures have gone untapped by the international market. AS Canadian art is starting to take the worlds spot light through the recognition of some of our more renowned artists such as Marcel Dzama, Attila Richard Lukacs , Philip Beesley and Rebecca Belmore that light also shines on Canada’s Emerging artists as well as those who forged our way. I thought for this series of articles I might help direct those looking to invest in a growing market. Some of these artist’s will be recognized Canadian figures whose work is still relatively cheap compared to their international counter parts, others will be artists that unless you are familiar with the Canadian Art scene could easily slip past.
Ms. Grossmann’s contemporaries consist of Attila Richard Lukcas, Generation X author Douglas Coupland (who is also a sculptuor) and Graham Gilmore who were recognized in the Canadian Art movement known as the Young Romantics. When your name is held in the same presence as these esteemed creators one might think this works value would be astronomical. Surprisingly one can invest in one of Ms. Grossmann’s finely crafted ethereal creations a for between about 8000$ -12000$. These DAZZLING creations are created out of mixed media collage and paint, often on found canvass. Her ghostly figures speak to us intrinsically of what it is to take the journey of being human. She is CLASSICALLY TRAINED and continues to give back to the Canadian arts not only with her creations but also through helping form young minds at one of Canada’s leading Art institution. Her work is a steal and available at Galerie deste, Edward Day Gallery, Winsor Gallery, and occasionally Melissa Morgan Fine Arts
Brendan Satish Tang
A picture is worth a thousand words and to see this work live is worth even more. Mr. Satish Tang was one of the runner ups for the prestigious Sobey Art Foundation Awards. These finely crafted ornate vessels are breathtakingly organic yet structured. The dichotomy of this work speaks to us of the new world we are headed into and the old one we once inhabited. As the mechanics of the modern age mend with our primal values. The asking price says it all when a young artists work is going for between 5000ish to a whopping 20000ish$ that is a statement. I use the word whopping not because I think the work is expensive, for something that will last a life time it practically peanuts, I use it because for an “emerging artist” that’s a pretty rare accomplishment. For people to value a persons work that much to invest in his vision so greatly that is an accomplishment. AS he is a young man an in a way just begining his career, these works are SURE to INCREASE in Value. His works are represented by Gallery Jones
Photo: Jérôme Bourque
For any one who has followed my writings in the past little bit, you know I am a fond admire of Paul’s work. His painting are current, stunning compelling and at times even amusing. These works colors vibrate off the walls. When hung in the same space they radiate. The vibrancy of the these works lighten the subject matter allowing us to nervously chuckle at the seriousness of the questions his work make us ponder . Not for the faint of heart but for right around the thousand dollar mark you could easily fill your home with his unique vision. His works are represented by Laroche/Joncas
Norval Morrisseau left an artistic legacy unparalleled to most, both in quantity and quality. His work tell the history of his people,the Ojibawa tribe. These works where so spiritually charged he was pronounced Grand Shaman by the people, even though he had gone against the wishes of his ancestral elders by creating these works. These images tell us of his people`s history through the story of their myths.The Grand Shaman passed from this earthly plain in December of 2007. Since then just as within his life controversy has surrounded his work. A large body of his work has been discredited due to papers he signed as an elder man with Parkinson’s Disease(he was still creating work though) Therefor the market value of these masterpieces has dropped greatly. You can find original Morrisseau’s for as little as 2000$(even less in some cases) and up to 80000$ nothing for a recognized master whose work Picasso and Chagall admired. As for where to find them you will have to let your SPIRIT GUIDE YOU as I am not taking sides so no one can say I am bias. There is LOADS of information out there though. This issue should be cleared at some point as I have heard rumors that the Norval Morrisseau Heritage Society is in the process of setting up an authentication board consisting of experts from all areas on the issue. Now Would be the time to invest though as once this board is set up values are sure to sky rocket.