Catherine Asquith Art Advisory
Collecting works on paper - limited edition prints, etchings, lithographs, monoprints, giclee prints, drawings, watercolours, collage – has often been viewed as a smart entry into collecting fine art, especially so, in the past decade. One of the most attractive aspects of collecting works on paper, is of course, the low price points, which is not to suggest however, such artworks have any less ‘value’ than paintings, sculpture or photography. Indeed, the ‘value’ of works on paper and its place in the Australian art market, is significant; with a plethora of well-regarded works on paper art prizes, public collections and biennales.
The Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery’s National Works on Paper (Victoria) is one of Australia’s most prestigious awards and acquisitive exhibitions. A biennial exhibition, its role is to support and promote contemporary Australian artists working on or with paper.
The Hutchins Art Prize (Tasmania) is a nationally recognised biennial award for works on paper. The award is open to artists working in Australasia and the Pacific Rim and offers a first prize of $20,000.
The 2015 Banyule Award Works on Paper has its roots in its Collection: The Banyule Art Collection is a contemporary collection of art works by leading and emerging Australian artists. While it includes a range of media it is distinguished by its collection of works on paper, The Banyule Award for Works on Paper capitalises upon this strength by developing this aspect of the collection further.
The art market for works on paper has now broadened and indeed, in a recent development, the international art fair, Sydney Contemporary, has included a new exhibition sector, for its second edition, this forthcoming September.
Presented in association with The Print Council of Australia Inc, Paper Contemporary will showcase a curated selection of limited edition prints, presented by 16 ‘print’ galleries. Works by such artists as Emily Floyd, eX de Medici, Chris O’Doherty a.k.a. Reg Mombassa, John Olsen and Mike Parr will be on display.
As Sydney Contemporary’s ‘by-line’ notes: “Paper Contemporary is the perfect way to start or significantly add to your collection!”
For advice on starting your art collection, please contact Catherine Asquith Art Advisory.