Buy What You Love

I LOVE art but it’s really not in my budget. Furthermore, I have very little wall space so I tend to scratch my art itch with trips to local galleries. On one such recent visit to Toronto’s Goodfellas Gallery I spotted work by a young artist named Tyler Armstrong (below) that really hit me over the head.

I initially fell in love with a different painting, Saint George St., below, but it was larger and more expensive and I wasn’t sure if I could live with it long-term. Tyler let me have All the Queen’s Men for just $400 which I could manage and I’m really glad I took the plunge, I love the work!

Which brings me to the real point of this post, a little plug for Toronto’s ArtBomb, a daily art auction site whose tagline is “buy what you love.” Artbomb features one new work each weekday delivered to your electronic in-box. The work starts with a minimum bid in the morning and goes up during the course of the day (provided people are bidding), reaching a maximum price by 11 pm. ArtBomb selections typically start in the $400-$800 range; the works are curated by site founders Jim Shedden, Carrie Shibinsky and Andrea Carson Barker, three friends who share a passion for, and belief in emerging contemporary art.

I have yet to buy a piece through ArtBomb but there’s always tomorrow and I have to say I enjoy getting a little hit of visual art in my email each morning, it’s always an interesting surprise. Signing up costs nothing and ArtBomb is very clear that they do not share their subscription list. Give it a try.

As for my own purchase, I’m delighted with it and have been watching Tyler’s website with interest to see how his work develops. He has a bruising, punk aesthetic and his canvases positively vibrate with energy. His next show opens November 15 at Toronto’s Gallery C.C. (627 Queen Street West).

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012 by Chris
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9 Comments For This Post

  1. Michelle Says:

    Wow – I wouldn’t have thought that style of art was my thing, but I love the yellow in Saint George St.
    I’m off to check out ArtBomb – it sounds like quite an interesting concept.

  2. David Says:

    I like his work. I can see why you were drawn to the Saint George St piece, but the one you bought was probably the right call. I think it looks great in your place.

  3. ACB Says:

    Thanks for the fantastic shout out Chris, your painting really looks great in your space! Thanks for buying what you love!!

    Andrea Carson Barker
    Artbomb curator

  4. Linda W in Ontario Says:

    I just signed up to get their daily emails/auctions. Looks very intriguing! Thanks for telling us about it. :)

  5. Cindy Says:

    I signed up too. Thanks Chris!

  6. Cat Says:

    Good buy, you will never regret it. Interesting how that little snippet of fleshy-orange is accented by the wall colour — I find it interesting that we tend to gravitate to the colours we love sometimes unconsciously (though I suspect you were very aware of how this would work with your walls!). It rocks. Killer Queen.

  7. shadi Says:

    I have this thing for original art (paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography). I cannot help it when I see a piece that talks to me. If I cannot afford it then I feel sad for days to come :( Lucky me, I loved one of the Artbomb showcased paintings that I could afford and bought it last winter. I love it and love receiving their daily emails. I se my art purchase as investment for my kids, the way my parents saw their amazing art collection. BTW, I really like Tyler’s energetic paintings…love the yellow in the St. George painting.

  8. ACB Says:

    Thanks for that, Shadi, and congratulations! I love hearing about people who have bought art that they really love on Artbomb!

    Andrea Carson Barker
    Artbomb curator

  9. Tyler Says:

    Hello everyone!

    Thank you very much for the kind words, I understand that it is 2014 but I wanted to say thanks regardless. Not sure if you will be notified.

    Regardless, I ahve show right now up at Goodfellas Gallery in Parkdale, Toronto until July 27, 2014 !


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