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The Four Species of Art Collector | Which Are You?

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What drives an art collector? Is it the thrill of the hunt, the desire to influence culture, cultivate knowledge or perhaps, something less tangible? Well, of course - it varies. Collectors, like personality types, are driven by their own set of concerns, each with their own strengths, vulnerabilities and ideas to spread. From lovers of the bold to the beautiful, here is our taxonomy of the four species of art collector.  Charles Blackman 'Orpheus - Metamorphosis' The Trailblazer The Trailblazer isn’t here to follow the crowd. Not a fan of traditional museums nor acquiring for the thrill, this group is drawn to the...

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Auguste Blackman's 'Birdsong'

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‘Birdsong’ is Auguste Blackman’s first series since the passing of his father. Proud yet gentle, these works echo Charles, as well as fellow artist and family friend Mirka Mora, who also passed recently. Sometimes blissful sometimes sad, these winged creatures carry more than the wind, soaring across the canvas to reveal truths about the human experience.   Auguste Blackman - 'Gogo Bird' When asked what they mean for him, Auguste muses that “the first bird call of the day sets the mood” - it declares the end of the night, where we fly on the “wings of our dreams”. He...

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From London, With Love | Charles Blackman in London, 1965

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The ‘From London With Love’ collection derives from Charles Blackman’s 1965 Rowney sketchbook. From his time in London, it exemplifies Charles’s ‘Golden Era’ of drawing, where life was navigated pen-nib first. Caught between England and Australia, fatherhood and fame, this collection is not only artistically fascinating, it sheds light on the man who made it.   . Charles BLACKMAN - 'Interior' . . Having won the Helena Rubinstein Travelling Scholarship, Charles and his family arrived in London in 1960. The year before, he had made history alongside a group of artists called the Antipodeans. Their staunch dismissal of abstractionism in...

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The Business of Art | The Value of Art in Your Business and How to Buy It

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Apparently, art can decrease stress levels. Our brains are hardwired for it - we process art, excite our minds and then move on, refreshed and invigorated. These benefits are no sweeter, than in the workplace. Art can boost morale, distinguish businesses and impress clients. Plus, it looks great. Now with art tax deductible, the time may be ripe to invest in art for your business. Philippe LE MIERE - 'classic wizard of oz dorothy meets scarecrow' How to Claim a Tax Deduction for Art Up until June 30th 2020, buying art for your business may be claimed as a complete write-off of...

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Ocker-stocracy | The Art of Reg Mombassa

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When deciding on his pseudonym, Chris O’Doherty wanted to strike the perfect balance. Passing through Dorky Bladder and Brett Orlando, the then teenager landed on Reg Mombassa - half truck-driver, half exotic stranger. This merging of the humdrum and fantastical epitomises Mombassa, who’s quirky vision of life has lodged in our heart Down Under. Reg Mombassa 'Nocturne with Carbone and Truckskull'   Mombassa is an Antipodean Renaissance man. The frontman of bands Mental as Anything and Dog Trumpet, a designer for Mambo, the creative director of Sydney's 2013 New Years Eve, contributor to the 2000 Sydney Olympics and above all,...

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