Art Inspiration: Final Day of the Love Art Fair

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Today is the last day of Love Art!

In its second instalment, Love Art Fair hosts 50+ galleries showcasing affordable, contemporary art including original paintings, artist-made prints, sculptures and photographs…all under one roof!

Looking to buy your first piece of art? Here’s a little inspiration…

NKPR Hearts Love Art: A Look Inside the Fair

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NKPR hearts Love Art!

We’re having so much fun this weekend at the second instalment of Love Art Fair in Canada. Open all weekend, Love Art Fair hosts 50+ galleries showcasing affordable, contemporary art including original paintings, artist-made prints, sculptures and photographs…all under one roof!

As lovers of contemporary art ourselves (take one look at the office and you’ll see what we mean), we love celebrating the Toronto art scene and getting to know our local galleries. Take a look at some of the action so far…

 

Show us your Love Art favourites – Tweet us at @NatashaNKPR!

Full Art Mode Inside NKPR: VIP Invite & Highlights

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The countdown is officially on!

With Love Art Fair kicking off this weekend, and both Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival and Scotiabank Photography Award on the horizon, we’re in full art mode inside NKPR.

While we daydream about our favourite pieces, here are this week’s art highlights…

Love Art Fair

Calling all friends of NKPR: We invite you to join us at the advance private view of Love Art Fair. Be the first to view hundreds of original artworks, enjoy a drink by Gentleman Jack, and experience a live performance by Opera Atelier.

Date: Thursday, April 16
Time: 7:00PM – 10:00PM
Location: Heritage Court, Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place (entrance off Nunavut Road)
RSVP: denise@nkpr.net

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Scotiabank Photography Award

Angela Grauerholz is one of the three finalists competing for the 2015 Scotiabank Photography Award, alongside Rafael Goldchain and Isabelle Hayeur. This year’s SPA winner will be announced on May 6.

This photograph by Grauerholz is a gelatin silver print on RC paper. Grauerholz is known for her dense, dreamlike black and white photographs, her iconic images and more recently, her coloured images and alternate methods of photographic production.

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Le Bateau 1986 by Angela Grauerholz

 

Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

The New Gods is a collaboration between Montreal-based Josée Pedneault and Mexico City-based Alejandro Garcia Contreras. Through a series of striking large-scale photographs, their project examines fantastical rites of spring that have emerged spontaneously within an isolated village in the mountains of southern Mexico.

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The New Gods by Josée Pedneault and Alejandro Garcia Contreras; On display at Typology Projects from May 7 – June 14

What inspires you to buy art? Tweet us at @NatashaNKPR!

Inside NKPR: All About the Art!

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Springtime inside NKPR is all about the art!

Kicking off the art season next week, we wait (not so patiently) for the second instalment of the Love Art Fair; a simple yet inspiring environment for high-quality contemporary art.

Following the Fair, we’ll have the inside scoop on the upcoming announcement of the winner of the Scotiabank Photography Award, plus the highly anticipated CONTACT Photography Festival!

Whether you’re a first-time buyer or a seasoned vet, this year you’re sure to find inspiration for that piece you’ve been searching for!

Here are some highlights from the upcoming Love Art Fair, Scotiabank Photography Award and the CONTACT Photography Festival…

Love Art Fair

Unicorn by Marjorie Campbell
Alison Milne Gallery
On display at the Thompson Toronto Hotel, April 7-16
Available for purchase at Love Art Fair, April 17-19

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This life size sculpture is made of wool, wire, glass marbles, thread, found wood, and gold leaf, by Marjorie Campbell, a fibre artist who resides in Toronto. Inspired by forest and fauna, her work is both realistic and whimsical. She explores the possibilities of felt in a soft and gentle world where life is heightened and magic exists. As wool is pulled and forms are sculpted, alluring and complex worlds emerge, and the persona of the animal reveals itself.

 Scotiabank Photography Award

Self-Portrait as Edmund Precelman (Officer) b. Poland, 1890s d. Poland, early 1940s by Rafael Goldchain

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Rafael Goldchain is one of the three finalists competing for the 2015 Scotiabank Photography Award, alongside Angela Grauerholz and Isabelle Hayeur. This year’s SPA winner will be announced on May 6.

This photograph is a part of Goldchain’s “I Am My Family”, a collection of digitally altered self-portrait photographs where Goldchain re-enacts familial others through genetic resemblance. Through the conventions of the portrait photograph, these self-portraits suggest that we look at family photographs in order to know ourselves through the photographic trace left by our lost ancestors.

CONTACT Photography Festival

Water Pump With Hoses on Orange by Jimmy Limit
On display at Clint Roenish Gallery from April 30-May 30, and on billboards across Canada from May 1-31.

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This photograph is a part of Surplus, Jimmy Limit’s featured exhibition at CONTACT. For his compositions, Jimmy Limit selects objects based on their formal qualities, often avoiding items with clear functions. Inspired by industrial supply catalogues and store flyers, the St. Catharines, Ontario-based artist uses colourful hardware store goods and industrial or domestic wares. He lifts these common objects out of context, alters their appearance, and combines them in strange and compelling ways. His precariously-arranged scenes may only last for a moment, but his seductive images have the deceptive gloss of advertisements. Limit’s photographs conflate function, merchandising, and desire, drawing attention to the complex relationship between product and consumer.

What’s your favourite piece of art? Tweet us at @NatashaNKPR!

Love Art Fair Hits Toronto!

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We are so excited for the opening of Love Art Fair this week! Launching in Toronto on May 7-11 at the Direct Energy Centre, this is the first showcase of its kind in Canada offering a simple yet inspiring environment for high-quality contemporary art. Whether you’re a first-time buyer or a seasoned vet, you’re sure to find the piece you’ve been searching for…

Starting in London, England back in 1999, Love Art began as an opportunity to make art more accessible to the general public (not just for millionaires and art experts). With art from over 50 local, national, and international galleries, the four-day event offers a variety of original contemporary pieces including fascinating workshops, discussions and of course, cocktails and gourmet bites! Love Art Fair celebrates the idea that art is for everyone. All under one roof, visitors can view thousands of paintings, photographs, prints and sculptures with pricing ranging from $100-$10,000 (with over half of the prices under $5,000).

NKPR wants to share in the excitement by giving you exclusive access to the private viewing this Wednesday May 6th at 6:00p.m. How to get access: Tweet us at @natashankpr telling us your favourite artist using the hashtag #NKLoveArt.

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NKPR ♥ Love Art Fair: Spence Gallery

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NKPR hearts Love Art! We’re so excited for the launch of Love Art Fair in Canada. Coming to Toronto this May 8– 11, Love Art Fair will be hosting 50+ galleries showcasing affordable, contemporary art including original paintings, artist-made prints, sculptures and photographs…all under one roof! As lovers of contemporary art ourselves (take one look at the office and you’ll see what we mean), we’re thrilled to celebrate with the Toronto art scene and get to know our local galleries.

As the Love Art Fair approaches, Love Art has been featuring weekly blog posts showcasing the various galleries participating in the fair, giving us an inside look at what’s to come during this amazing 4 day event. We thought we’d share some of our favourite highlights, continuing with gallery director, Joan Spence from Spence Galleries here in Toronto!

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What is the most challenging aspect of having a gallery?
JS: Getting clients and making sales. Unfortunately I am not located in an art district, therefore I don’t have the advantage galleries have in such districts.

What is your favourite thing about your job?
JS: One thing is when I sell someone their first piece of art. Also, selling art to young people really makes me happy.

What advice would you give someone who wants to buy art for the first time?
JS: I would tell them to go to galleries a lot and look at a lot of art. The more you see art, the more you know what you really like. And also, it allows you to see the range of things.

Read the full interview with Joan Spence and purchase tickets for Love Art at www.loveartfair.com.

Tweet us at @natashankpr and @LoveArtTO to let us know if you’ll be attending Love Art Fair!

NKPR ♥ Love Art Fair: Alex D’Arcy

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NKPR hearts Love Art Fair! We’re so excited for the launch of Love Art Fair in Canada. Coming to Toronto this May 8– 11, Love Art Fair will be hosting 50+ galleries showcasing affordable, contemporary art including original paintings, artist-made prints, sculptures and photographs…all under one roof! As lovers of contemporary art ourselves (take one look at the office and you’ll see what we mean), we’re thrilled to celebrate with the Toronto art scene and get to know our local galleries.

As the Love Art Fair approaches, Love Art has been featuring weekly blog posts showcasing the various galleries participating in the fair, giving us an inside look at what’s to come during this amazing 4 day event. We thought we’d share some of our favourite highlights, continuing with Canadian artist Alex D’Arcy from Mayberry Fine Art at Walnut Studios here in Toronto!

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When did you consider yourself an artist?
AD: When people ask, I call myself a painter, rather than an artist. It took a long time. I realized one day that I have been painting everyday for some years, and that I was organizing all of my life around the work.

What is the best art advice you ever received? And from whom?
AD: It all depends on the time you receive the advice. The best words come at the right time.
Some of the best advice has come from colleagues. Keep working, keep sketchbooks, be brave, tolerate uncertainty…and keep a loose grip on the bat.

What’s your favourite work of art at the moment?
AD: My favourite piece is always the next piece.

Read the full interview with Alex D’Arcy and purchase tickets for Love Art at www.loveartfair.com.

Tweet us at @natashankpr and let us know if you’ll be attending Love Art Fair!