Vincent Price’s admiration for W.J. Hopkinson

By Mark Skeffington One notable admirer of Canadian artist William John Hopkinson’s paintings was the American actor Vincent Price, best known for starring in dozens of gothic horror movies. Vincent Price (1911-1993) penned a letter to W.J. Hopkinson on the occasion of the Newmarket, Ontario artist’s 80th birthday in 1967. The letter reads: “Dear William Hopkinson. As a long time admirer of your beautiful paintings, may I join the throng in wishing you a very Happy Birthday! … [Read more...]

2017 David Blackwood Guide

By Mark Skeffington Some 2 ½ years ago, FineArtCollector published a story called A Guide to David Blackwood’s Best Prints. Since then, several thousand people have read the blog post. Now is a good time to update this guide. Our first guide shone the spotlight on six David Blackwood prints, selected from more than 150 etchings based on factors such as beauty, majesty, desirability, scarcity and reputation. That list looked like this: Fire Down on the Labrador(1980, etching … [Read more...]

Collecting David Blackwoood

By Mark Skeffington David Blackwood is perhaps Canada’s best known visual storyteller, with an unique and unmistakable body of artwork that spans 50 years. The Newfoundland-born master printmaker’s art hangs in hundreds of homes from coast to coast, as well as in galleries big and small, from the Bonavista North Museum & Gallery in his birth town of Wesleyville to the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa. The Port Hope, Ontario-based artist is best known for his limited edition … [Read more...]

A Guide to Buying Canadian Art Online

By Mark Skeffington Each month in Canada, more than a thousand artworks are sold online. Dozens of online art auctions are held from coast to coast, while Canadian art is also listed for sale on various websites, including FineArtCollector.ca. Still, some people are uncomfortable, even skittish, buying a painting, print or Inuit carving they haven’t seen with their own eyes or held in their hands. That feeling is understandable. After all, a buyer wants to assure himself/herself … [Read more...]

Museum celebrates art collecting

Tucked away in historic Queenston, Ontario is a small public art museum that celebrates art collecting and collectors. RiverBrink Art Museum houses the eclectic collection of Samuel E. Weir, an Ontario lawyer who had a passion for collecting paintings, sculpture, books, stamps, clocks and decorative arts – a collection of about 1,400 pieces. The love of collecting is stamped all over this little gem of a museum, which backs onto the picturesque Niagara River and is surrounded by beautiful … [Read more...]

Becoming an art collector

Few people set out to deliberately become art collectors. It just happens, slowly, gradually, over time, one step, one piece at a time. My journey probably began when my wife and I visited the annual First Nations Art exhibit at Brantford's Woodland Cultural Centre about 10 years ago. The centre has held an annual exhibit of First Nations art for 37 years, in that time showcasing works by artists who went on to fame, although not always good luck or fortune: Norval Morrisseau, Daphne … [Read more...]

Welcome to FineArtCollector.ca

Welcome to our new online art gallery. We are tremendously excited to launch FineArtCollector.ca. We've spent months getting FineArtCollector.ca ready: carefully choosing an exciting lineup of beautiful Canadian art that we've priced aggressively. We're particularly proud to be able to open our online art gallery with art for sale from 7 Royal Canadian Academy of Arts (RCA) artists: David Blackwood, J.W. Beatty, Stanley Cosgrove, William Ronald, Adrian Dingle, Otto Jacobi and Tom … [Read more...]