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Flipping Houses…oh no wait…Flipping Art as a New Financial Sport

So I am a bit behind on the take these days due to the hectic life that comes with 3 small children. My last blog was about how the art market doesn’t seem to be performing as well as last year, yet apparently some works of art by untested, novice artists are selling for huge price tags. Not only that, but prices are increasing at great percentages . A Lund painting recently sold for 1500% gain. Try doing that flipping a house!

     Israel Lund's "Untitled" 2013 painting (Source: Christie’s via Bloomberg).

 

Flipping art has apparently become quiet the thing these days, as art collectors venture and seem to win. However, as some warn this is a sign of a financial bubble…so buyer beware.

In any case, take a look at this article…interesting read. And if you dare, perhaps try your hand at flipping art. Seems to do better than investments and it’s a lot more fun…

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-05-23/lund-painting-sold-for-1-500-gain-as-art-flippers-return.html

 

Regular Contest in "Tonight Newspaper"...

Each month Artzila will be running a contest in Tonight Newspaper. Each time the contest will feature one of our very talented artists and their work with a brief write up about them. Enter the contest to win an 8x10 of any of the prints on Artzila. You can read Tonight and enter the contest every month and try your luck at winning one of our fantastic prints.

Check out our feature here: http://www.tonightnewspaper.com/forget-the-notion-of-the-starving-artist-artzila-com-puts-money-in-artists-pockets/

Check out the first contest here: http://www.tonightnewspaper.com/contests/

 

What’s Up with the Art Market this year…

Apparently art sales have been lacking this year so far.  Makes me wonder what influences people to buy or not to buy art any given time.  Art is a luxury item to be sure, so when times are tough I get it but so far 2014 hasn’t been so bad…no worse than 2013 which apparently was an absolutely amazing year for art purchases. It could be price but with the recent sale of works at record breaking prices, that isn’t completely it either…

Stumps me….

Check out this brief video about this very topic.

http://www.bloomberg.com/video/why-the-slow-start-for-art-in-2014-iiqrDdOlQBiLTTewCdyWVA.html

 

Introducing Eryk Harvie

Eryk Harvie has just joined Artzila as our newest young artist.  Eryk is an Oakville based up and coming artist.  He has completed the Visual and Creative Arts program at Sheridan College.  Eryk describes himself as an “artist and spiritualist” who is fortunate to have “experiences and natural perceptions”. He can feel, sense, and hear ‘Energy’ around him and wants to share his experiences with his viewers. Read More...

 

Love Art a.k.a the Toronto Art Fair

Toronto joins cities such as New York , Rome, and London as the newest offshoot of the Affordable Art Fair franchise but with a new name, Love Art. Because the name “Affordable Art Fair” belongs to the Toronto Art Expo the organizers had to circumvent this legal fact.  So albeit under a different name, Torontonians can expect the identical edition of this art show to the dozens or so fairs in other cities. Each exhibitor must show at least three artists. No work is to exceed $10,000 and half of all the works must be under $5,000.

So far the Toronto fair ha 40 galleries signed up, of which 16 are from Toronto. The event, therefore, promises to be intimate and enjoyable rather than a huge overwhelming show.

Love Art opens with a private preview on May 7, 2014 at the Direct Energy Center and runs for the following 4 days. We, at Artzila, will be in attendance…

 

Introducing Joseph Bangsund

Artzila is very happy to welcome Joseph Bangsund as one of our featured artists. Joseph hails from rural Saskatchewan  but is now  a Montreal based contemporary artist. Joseph showed talent at an early age which he pursued at the University of Regina and then at the Fine Arts program of Concordia University.

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Introducing Blake Horsley

Artzila is excited to introduce our newest artist, Blake Horsley. Blake is a fantastic up and coming artist based in Brampton, Canada.  Blake says “his inspiration comes from a vulnerable place” but to me Blake’s words and art are an inspiration. Read More...

 

Introducing Jacqueline Pytyck

Jacqueline is Artzila’s newest member and we are very happy to have her join our ranks! Jacqueline is a Toronto based illustrator and was educated at the Ontario College  of Arts and Design.  Her work, according to her, focuses mainly on “human nature and social relationships”. Read More..

 

Prints Defined

The word print can refer to such a wide range of products that it can sometimes be overwhelming and confusing when trying to purchase some to decorate your home.  Prints can refer to hand-made printing processes to simple art posters. Read More...