Courtesy Agnes Bugera Gallery
"Pacific # 58"
Scott Pattinson, "Pacific # 58", acrylic on canvas, 12" x 12"
Born: Toronto, 1974
Studied: University of Toronto, 2003
Lives/Works: Guelph, ON
Price Range: $500+
Asked how art collecting has evolved during her time as a gallery owner in Edmonton, Agnes Bugera was quick to note: “There is a new generation of art buyers who are more adventurous. They are not afraid of collecting something different in texture and content. Ten or 15 years ago, people looked for representational art depicting canola fields or landscapes — things they could relate too. Before that it was old grain elevators and barns which were falling apart. I think people bought more sentimentally. Today it seems collectors are looking for edgier, more innovative art.”
An artist she would recommend for someone starting a collection is Scott Pattinson. He is a young but established artist based in Guelph, Ontario, who first studied architecture, but is now a full-time artist and has received significant media and collector attention. His colourful abstracts combine architectural elements with various motifs and symbols. Bugera noted he’s represented in several galleries which is important for collecting as it means several gallery owners recognize his talent.
Bugera recommends that first-time collectors look around the galleries, develop your own taste and listen to the dealers talk about the artists. But in the end buy what you love rather than what someone may say is an investment, because art as an investment is always a gamble.