How you can become an art collector with the help of this contemporary art fair
Explore Canadian art at Artist Project, the place to define and refine how you see art
The art world can be an intimidating one to navigate. And in Toronto’s fractured economy where young people have a hard enough time saving for their futures, investing in art can feel somewhat out of reach and inaccessible in more ways than one. But the reality is there is a way for almost everyone to buy and enjoy art in a way that works for them.
Enter a juried art fair showcasing diverse styles and various price points from more than 200 contemporary artists across Canada. Artist Project curates a personal experience with art for the culturally curious as well as curators, designers and artists alike, encouraging us to reflect upon our human experience through art. The show prides itself on being a space that connects art lovers with art makers; those interested can buy artworks directly from the artists and support the next generation of Canadian culture. After all, it isn’t about just owning an object—art is experiential—from understanding an artist’s vision and story to your interpretation of their work and how it will live in your home. And with Artist Project, everyone from seasoned collectors to those curious about art can buy and own art in a way that works for them.
To make getting started a little bit easier, we put together a list of five artists you need to check out at this year’s Artist Project on April 21-24 at the Queen Elizabeth Building in Exhibition Place.
Playful and thought-provoking, Danielle Cole’s collages are comprised of original vintage graphics. As she puts it, they explore the absurdity of domestic roles and the need for material goods, as seen in Domestic goddess, Romanticizing the past, and Shotgun wedding. These are for the collector who wants something playful in their space, without compromising on message or beauty.
With a deep understanding of glass as a medium, Hannan Fayad works this challenging material into delicately balance geometry, organic shapes and colour. She plays with perception, crossing between the erosion of a surface and symmetry of form to reveal intricate structures making her work—like Jade fragment, Rose fragment and Steel fragment—perfect for collectors deeply interested in the perfectly imperfect.
Katherine Curci’s landscapes allow viewers to indulge in stillness. At first glance, these extraordinary drawings could be mistaken for black and white photographs, rich in detail and and full of wonder. Her works, Contour, Mitchell Lake at Dusk, and Waning Gibbous, are for collectors with minimalist homes and maximalist minds.
Miles Ingrassia portrays youthful abandon with a painting skill and style reminiscent of the Renaissance. His work seeks to reveal a more nuanced view of masculinity, one that breaks free of traditional ideals and is open to fragility, instability and a host of other interpretations. Like Lobo Livin’, Slow Burn, and Top Down, his works are for the collector that can appreciate the beauty in the masking and unmasking of emotions.
Bold, graphic compositions of figures and still lifes are hallmarks of Terran McNeely’s work. His process begins with a word or sentence inspiring the composition and features symbolic subject matter presented with carefully considered colour palettes. His works, like Bloom, Pressure and Tulip, are for the collector that is just as interested in a piece’s conceptual foundations as they are in its visual appeal.
Whatever you do, trust your instincts and look past the structures of collecting art to explore and purchase art that you truly love, works that are a reflection of your home, and you. To explore more of Artist Project and buy tickets to the show, click here.