I've been mulling over a post investigating the art collection habits of the in-house toddler for a few months now, but just haven't quite got round to it.
The aim was to counter the endless mass-media articles about 3-year-olds painting expressionist works (ah, but can they do realism?) that invariably get taken to art dealers who are nervous to dispel the work in case the media are trickign them into dissing a long-lost Monet.
Surely we need to look into where the next generation are vesting their interest from a collector and not just artist perspective if we're to keep the art industry afloat.
Observations based on the domestic subject over the last few weeks since we shifted house would indicate that current hot buttons are:
Anything with an animal in it, unless it's a fish. Current favourite is Matt Couper's Healthy Specimen, but that might be prompted by its location near the dining table.
Small bright abstracts. Showing his Taranaki roots it's not uncommon to find him standing under Peter Peryer's Mandala, pointing and chanting "uuh, uuh, uuh." I know exactly how he feels.
Eyes. Peter Stitchbury for the win, though how could you not fall deeply into those big eyes, with their infinite stories. On that, I was browsing through Vimeo co-founder and general cool-guy Zach Klein's Flickr channel, as you do, and came across this compelling tale of stardom, portraiture, small town connections and big-town art fairs.