If your goal is to become a knowledgeable and confident collector, you’ll have to master a few skills and understand your options.
A seasoned collector, contemporary gallerist and art advisor and curator discuss how to create a meaningful collection, based on your personal needs, interests and resources.
Stephen Smart worked for 30 years as a family and aboriginal affairs lawyer at Osler Hoskin & Harcourt law firm in Toronto. During that time he took on the responsibility of overseeing his firm’s art collection, which is now one of the most revered corporate collections of contemporary Canadian art in the country.
He retired from law eight years ago and since then has started a second career as an art consultant, curator and, perhaps most notably, enthusiast.
Devan Patel is a Canadian contemporary art dealer and consultant. He is the Director, and an owner of Project Gallery and Studios, which has two locations in the east end of Toronto and focuses on local emerging talent. Patel has also worked for established art galleries like Division Gallery and Arsenal Contemporary, as well as Struck Contemporary. He is on the advisory committee for East End Arts, is the Coordinator of /Edition art book and editions fair, as well as a private art consultant through his business Art Works Consulting. Currently, Patel is also a juror for the upcoming Arts Gems Auction at Berkley Church, Timeraiser event at the Power Plant Gallery, and Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward Photography Prize.
David Angelo has been collecting for over 30 years and has no desire to stop. He collects everything from photographs to paintings to mixed media, baseballs, oddities and sculptures. He only collects what his eyes and soul enjoy and help him express both life’s beauty and dark humour. Art has given David a vehicle to express what he doesn’t have the vocabulary for. Art collecting has allowed him to be a storyteller, a custodian of truths and an assistant of artists. He thinks art should be enjoyed by all and not defined with academic distance and price tags. Even though David has sat on numerous Art Boards including the Museum Trustee Associations, he has made numerous mistakes in collecting and is grateful for every one of them!