How to become an art collector thanks to this contemporary art fair

Explore Canadian art at Artist Project, the place to define and refine your vision of art

The art world can be daunting to navigate. And in Toronto’s fractured economy where young people are already struggling enough to save for their future, investing in art can seem somewhat out of reach and inaccessible in more ways than one. But the reality is that there is a way for almost everyone to buy and enjoy art in a way that suits them.

Participate in a juried art fair showcasing various styles and awards from over 200 contemporary artists across Canada. Artist Project organizes a personal experience with art for the culturally curious as well as for curators, designers and artists, encouraging us to reflect on our human experience through art. The salon prides itself on being a space that connects art lovers with art makers; interested individuals can purchase artwork directly from artists and support the next generation of Canadian culture. After all, it’s not just about 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 house. And with Artist Project, everyone from seasoned collectors to the art curious can buy and own art in a way that suits them.

To make it easier for you, we’ve put together a list of five artists that you need to discover at this year’s artist project from April 21-24 at the Queen Elizabeth Building at Exhibition Place.

Danielle Cole, Romanticism of the Past, $850 (left); Danielle Cole, Domestic Goddess, $950 (right).
Danielle Cole

Playful and thought-provoking, Danielle Cole’s collages feature original vintage graphics. As she puts it, they explore the absurdity of domestic roles and the need for material possessions, as seen in Household Goddess, Romanticism of the Past, and Shotgun Wedding. These are for the collector who wants something playful in their space, without compromising on message or beauty.

Hannah Fayad, Shard of Steel, $900
Hannan Fayad

With a deep understanding of glass as a medium, Hannan Fayad works this difficult material in delicately balanced geometry, organic shapes and colors. She plays with perception, crossing between the erosion of a surface and the symmetry of form to reveal intricate structures making her work – like the Jade Fragment, Rose Fragment and Steel Fragment – perfect for collectors deeply interested in the perfectly imperfect.

Katherine Curci, Contour, $500 (left); Katherine Curci, Mitchell Lake at Dusk, $950 (right).
Catherine Curci

Katherine Curci’s landscapes allow viewers to indulge in stillness. At first glance, these extraordinary drawings could be confused with black and white photographs, rich in detail and full of wonder. His works, Contour, Mitchell Lake at Dusk and Waning Gibbous, are aimed at collectors with minimalist homes and maximalist minds.

Miles Ingrassia, slow burn, $1,000 (left); Miles Ingrassia, Top Down, $1,000 (right).
Miles Ingrassie

Miles Ingrassia depicts youthful abandonment with a skill and style of painting reminiscent of the Renaissance. His work seeks to reveal a more nuanced view of masculinity, one that breaks free from 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 who can appreciate the beauty of masking and unmasking emotions.

Terran McNeely, Bloom, $600 (left); Terran McNeely, tulip, $500 (right).
Terran McNeely

Bold and graphic compositions of figures and still lifes characterize the work of Terran McNeely. His process begins with a word or phrase that inspires the composition and presents a symbolic subject presented with carefully considered color palettes. His works, such as Bloom, Pressure and Tulip, appeal to the collector who is as interested in the conceptual underpinnings of a piece as in its visual appeal.

Whatever you do, trust your instincts and look beyond art collecting structures to explore and purchase art that you truly love, art that reflects your home and yourself. To learn more about Artist Project and buy tickets for the show, click here.

Norma D. Ross