Born: 1970, New Brunswick
Studied: University of the Fraser Valley 1988-1990,Colorado State University (Artist in residence) 2002
Lives/Works: Chilliwack, BC
Price Range: $12,000 - $28,000
Asked about trends in collecting, David Chaperon, a partner (with Mark Reddekopp and Shane O’Brien) at Gallery Jones in Vancouver observes, “Today’s collectors are becoming increasingly savvy, finding art more accessible and less mysterious. The internet is an important cultural portal, providing information about artists and the art world. And Canadians are becoming less regionalized and more worldly in their collecting, and definitely more eclectic.”
Picking a specific artist to recommend, Chaperon suggests Chris Woods with the comment that he “is an uncompromising and unique talent.” And further that his work succeeds “because of a visual fluency that relates to people on an everyday basis. Chris is a master at satirical explorations of our consumer culture.” In 2000, Woods was featured in Maclean’s magazine Faces of the Future: 100 Canadians to Watch. His paintings have appeared in Adbusters, Geist and Harper’s magazines. Woods was recently chosen for the Fraser Valley Biennale at Abbotsford’s Reach Gallery and will have a solo show there in 2013. His work is in public collections in Kamloops, Surrey and Nanaimo as well as corporate collections including Microsoft and Michael Audain’s Polygon Group.
For the beginning collector, Chaperon advises, “to be patient and take your time. It may well take awhile to sort through the visual cacophony to understand your own taste and the direction your collection will take.”