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).