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Aboriginal Art as an Investment

We often get asked which of the artists we stock are going to represent a a good investment in the future. The cliché that if you buy art you like, someone else will probably like it too is true to a point but there are lots of artists who paint beautiful works that are unlikely to appreciate in value. In fact, many paintings actually decrease in value. Accordingly, it is very important to be extremely selective when building an art collection for investment. As a side note, obviously quality, provenance and composition are going to be critical. A low quality work by a highly renowned artist is going to be limited in how much it will appreciate. So, once you have an [...]

Kudditji

In 2014 when we were getting our business off the ground, Kudditji Kngwarreye was one of the first artists we targeted.  Seeing Kudditji paint is a special thing.  He is so still and composed and almost meditative. Kudditji works polarise the critics and we see this reflected in our customers.  Some people love the originality and abstract nature of his works while others pour scorn on the simple strokes that they could “easily do themselves.”   We fall into the Kudditji admirer camp as there is something special about his paintings.  One things we have noticed is that people might look at a photo and not be too excited but when they see a Kudditji work in the flesh, it [...]

A Town Called Alice

Alice Springs is the heartland for our industry and we regularly travel there on buying trips. I read a wonderful poem on Facebook recently by “Desert Dates” which resonated with me as it so well described it. Here is an excerpt; soft greenie hard redneck red dirt sky blue black white but mostly alice is grey That encapsulates it perfectly for me.  Alice is a mad, loud and in-your-face town, full of contradictions.  People often ask me about the ethics and how much the artists get paid and this is such a complex, multi-layered issue that I will never do it justice in this forum.  The Aboriginal art scene is a colourful, political and proud microcosm of Alice and it’s a wonderfully interesting business to be [...]