"The Sun, The Moon and The Star"
Michael Tickner, "The Sun, The Moon and The Star," available in limited edition prints.
Born: 1947, London (UK)
Lives/Works: Lions Bay
Price Range: $995 - $29,000
The owner of Lions Bay Art Gallery near Vancouver, Alice Tickner, notes a person makes two important investments when collecting art: one is obviously financial; the other is emotional. She feels it’s imperative to live with art that is uplifting to the soul. It’s like choosing positive friends. And if your artist’s work becomes more valuable, it’s a bonus.
Unfortunately, she sees many people today hiring an interior designer to choose art to match their décor. She prefers the emotional link that comes with decorating ‘around your art’.
The gallery represents several fine artists but Alice is quick to recommend Michael Tickner’s paintings to collectors today while his smaller works are still relatively affordable. “His painting is high energy with its vivid colours and he has created a unique style, adding depth and perspective to primitive art.” His work appears in many private and corporate collections and in 2003 two of his images were part of the final, winning Vancouver olympic Bid committee presentation package. In 2008 he created a 30-foot-long mural, Safe Haven located outside the emergency entrance to Richmond Hospital, and more recently he was signature artist for West Vancouver’s “2010 Harmony Arts Festival”.
Michael’s work is also available in limited edition prints but Alice generally recommends people buy an original piece of art if they can, because if an artist succeeds at a high level, the prints do not increase in value proportionately to the original.