Courtesy Ruberto Ostberg Gallery
Peter Ivens, "Saturate", acrylic on canvas, 29" x 40"
Born: Calgary, 1955
Studied: BFA University of Alberta, 1987
Price Range: $600 - $7,000
Anna Ostberg at Ruberto Ostberg Gallery in Calgary loves working with both new and experienced collectors. For some of her clients, it’s almost an addiction. “I love telling people who buy a work of art that they are now collectors. They’re shocked to hear this. They think of collectors as larger than life, important, rich people who purchase millions in artwork. Not them!” she says.
Ostberg hesitantly says “It’s tough to pick one artist to recommend to collectors. It really depends on their tastes. Peter Ivens is someone who would be good to look at.” He’s collected nationally and internationally (Disney, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Esso, Suncor and Marriot Hotels) and yet is affordable. “I love the way he paints with a sense of freedom and expressiveness taking traditional landscapes and transforming them into something fresh and unexpected. He’s a master of material, medium, colour and light. People often marvel at his execution and combination of colours” Ostberg says.
The biggest hurdle for many first time collectors is getting past the price of art. But remember it’s one of the few purchases you’ll make that will hold or increase in value over time. Amortize the cost over 20 or 25 years, and factor in the dividends of pleasure it will pay you every time you look at it, and buying art is a bargain.