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Free General Admission: Affordable Art Fair, New York

No CommentsPosted September 13, 2017 by Emily McInnes

EYE BUY ART

AFFORDABLE ART FAIR NEW YORK

September 13 – 17, 2017

Booth 2.6

Metropolitan Pavillion
125 West 18th Street
(between 6th and 7th Avenues)
Chelsea, New York

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Our bags are unpacked, and the work is hung and ready for the autumn edition of the Affordable Art Fair! I have a spectacular booth this year, with new work  by Kristin Sjaarda (see above), Becky Comber and newcomer Heidi Conrod – a painter from Canada who I am thrilled to be working with for the first time. Keep your eye on my Instagram account for stories and a look at what’s going on!

FREE ADMISSION

I have a limited number of free general admission tickets to give away. Please reply to this message, or send an email to emily@eyebuyart.com, to claim a pair. The fair runs from September 13th – 17th at the Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W. 18th Street in Chelsea. Look for us on the second floor, booth 2.6.

TOP 3 HIGHLIGHTS TO LOOK FORWARD TO AT THIS YEAR’S FAIR


1. Absolutely stunning new work by Becky Comber. She has created a small selection of one-of-a-kind, hand-cut photographs as part of a current series called Her Space. The pre-cut image is a composite of 7-8 photographs that have been stitched together; a document of the various flora and fauna Becky collects during her daily walk through the forest on her land in Southern Ontario. The piece I have in New York was actually photographed in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut. I thought it looked almost tropical, but they’re actually small plants collected from the arctic tundra. The shadow play on this work is incredible.

2. Kristin Sjaarda’s work was the buzz of the booth last year (and the year before that). This year will be a show stopper, with 3 large-scale new photos taking up an entire 12′ wall. Her work is luscious, grounded and handsome in a wonderfully, powerful, feminine way. Very excited about this. More images available upon request.

3. Paintings! I’m showing the work of Canadian painter Heidi Conrod for the first time. I love Heidi’s work, and apparently, I’m not the only one (her work is on a wait list of clients from across North America). I’m honoured to be working with this artist. There’s something special about this work; honest, gestural, with just the right dose of everything. I’ll be showing one large 48×60″ painting, alongside a series of seriously beautiful, floating layered plexiglass shadowboxes. Each one-of-a-kind box, contains 5 layers of painted plexiglass and measures 16.5×20.5″ each. Plans are underway to make these on a much larger scale. Come see them in person at the fair, or send me a message if you details and jpgs!

PLEASE NOTE: most of these works I dedicate to the art fairs will not be released online in wider editions. Are you from out of town or can’t make it to the fair? Not to worry. Send me a note if you would like jpgs and more detail about the work. I can even create a mock up of artwork on your wall if you send me a snapshot of your space.

See you in New York, and thank you for being here!

Emily McInnes
Founder,
EYE BUY ART

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The Life Force That Is Ellen Jantzen

No CommentsPosted June 2, 2017 by Emily McInnes


Ellen Jantzen “Cornucopia”, 2015
from the series Unity of Time and Place
14×11″ | $250 | Framed
20×16″ | $550 | Framed
32×24″ | $1750 | Framed
40×30″ | $3150 | Framed
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Ellen Jantzen “To Time and Life”, 2015
from the series Unity of Time and Place
14×11″ | $250 | Framed
20×16″ | $550 | Framed
32×24″ | $1750 | Framed
40×30″ | $3150 | Framed
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I feel particularly connected to these meditative and life-affirming photographs by the wonderful being that is Ellen Jantzen. Yesterday was my birthday, where I always have the pleasure of being greeted by heady blossoms and the abundance of new life. I also spent the afternoon celebrating the life of my friend Simon Ibell, a man who was born with a rare disease, and who fought the odds to survive almost a full four decades longer than anyone said he would.

These images are a reminder that something bigger is at play in our lives. They hover on the portal between body and spirit, with a calm knowingness. Santa Fe-based artist, Ellen Jantzen describes this work in her own words:

This series is a continuation of a body of work I was doing when my father suddenly died. I feel that my life has fundamentally changed, but sometimes seems the same. Where did my father go? What does a life mean after it leaves the body? Does the life-force rise and connect the terrestrial with the celestial, or does it evaporate into thin air? These are questions I contemplate as I create my work. Some say, all time exists at once; the indefinite, continued progress of existence and events in the past, present, and future are regarded as a whole. I am vastly interested in these states of reality. This cohesion is mesmerizing to me, and after spending the last several years immersed in the past, I am embracing the future. As I set out, the past is with me, transformed. All the losses are still there but there is a brightness forming that allows me to see the entirety, the unity of time and place.

Thank you Ellen, and thank you, Simon, for your unique gifts that make this world shine so bright. If you feel inclined, here is a link to iBellieve, the foundation that Simon founded, where you can make a donation.

POP TIL YOU DROP: THIS WEEKEND AT MY NEW SPACE

Stumble: a pop-up featuring a collective of local designers, creators, and curated goods.
June 3 – 4th, 2017
9am to 6pm
250 Emerson Ave. (near Dupont and Lansdowne)
Toronto, ON

Are you itching for more of Le Pop? Last weekend was a huge success and I’m riding the wave into my new digs! Stumble is a collective pop-up featuring carefully sourced antiques, vintage Moroccan rugs, handcrafted Canadian furniture and ceramics, contemporary lighting and of course, fine art.

Stumble will feature special pieces from:

EYE BUY ART
Atelier Nomade
Coolican and Company
Shelter Bay
TAS
Treehouse Soaps
Charlene McConnell
+ more

I hope you can join us!

Also, mark your calendar for the Affordable Art Fair New York, September 13 – 17th, 2017! I just got my official acceptance letter this afternoon. More to come.

Thank you for being here,

Emily McInnes
Founder,
EYE BUY ART

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Le Pop… and a Move!

No CommentsPosted May 21, 2017 by Emily McInnes

Le Pop!
May 27 & 28, 2017
9am – 4pm
100 Niagara Street, Toronto
(in the former Diaz Contemporary space at Niagara / Bathurst)

Join me next weekend, here in Toronto, for a very special event that is the brainchild of my good friend Charlie Scott, one of the three founders of Trufflepig Travel… and one of the finest purveyors of chic I have ever met. (If you know Charlie, you know what I mean). We are teaming up to bring you Le Pop, a two-day sale featuring spectacular treasures that have been hand selected from around the globe.

LE POP WILL FEATURE…

  • Contemporary, and industrial, hand-made custom lighting from Maude Rondeau of LUMINAIRE AUTHENTIK of Montréal. This will be LUMINAIRE AUTHENTIK’s first show in Toronto.
  • A sneak preview from EMA+P (Emily McInnes Art + Projects), an off-shoot of  EYE BUY ART – and new gallery I’m about to launch! – where I will be representing fine art photographs, singular edition photo-based media and paintings. You’ll have a chance to see work by artists that have been selected just for this show!
  • Antiques, furniture and fine collectibles from DITOUI (a.k.a. Charlie Scott). His collection of curiosities, artifacts and antiques are the real deal, collected over many years of scouring brocantes, flea markets, souks and antique shops from around the world. This carefully curated assortment of oddities is available for the first time at Le Pop.
  • Socially conscious, earth-friendly rugs and textiles from Ali Yaphe of Y&CO, featuring flatweaves from Madeline Weinrib and Oliver Yaphe, wool area rugs and all kinds of fabrics, cushions and wallpaper – a rare opportunity to buy at 50-70% off!

Please join us, next weekend, for this one-time event to collect rare and very special pieces from an incredible gathering of minds in art, design and lighting. It’s next weekend, friends… so, please, put this in your calendars, share the event far and wide and come give me a squeeze!

COMING UP NEXT

My favourite saying is, “tragedy is opportunity in disguise”. While our industrial-era brick building in downtown Toronto has been slated for re-development, it’s allowing me to move on to a new, jewel box sized, street-level space at Dupont and Lansdowne in the city’s reigning gallery district. I’ll have details soon. In the meantime, stay tuned to your inbox next week for a new pair of photographs from EYE BUY ART and details on our fall schedule of shows in New York.

Thanks for being here!

 

Emily McInnes
Founder,
EYE BUY ART

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Celebrating Beauty and the Dutch Masters

No CommentsPosted February 28, 2017 by Emily McInnes


Kristin Sjaarda “Oranges and Roses”
from the series The Kitchen Window (de keuken finster)
34×24″ | $1350 | FRAMED
44×31.5″ | $2150 | FRAMED
52×37″ | $2850 | FRAMED 
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Kristin Sjaarda “Red Roses and Pomegranates 2″
from the series The Kitchen Window (de keuken finster)
34×24″ | $1350 | FRAMED
44×31.5″ | $2150 | FRAMED
52×37″ | $2850 | FRAMED
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Please note: each of these sizes is in an edition of only 10 each.

I’m floating these tremendous photographs into your inbox as an antidote to the metaphoric cloud cover of recent times. These photographs by Canadian artist Kristin Sjaarda are celebrations of beauty in their most pure, raw, luscious and powerful form. Like light-filled medicine that will restore our celestial bodies back to their rightful place.

“…I always use the same window light in my kitchen, so necessarily, domestic life is mixed up in my artistic endeavors. I used the items from generations of Dutch women in my family in the arrangements, as they may have, and I use the produce and flowers that I grew in my backyard garden. In this way, my art and life are seamless and integrated. Vermeer was an innkeeper and the father of 10 children and painted his masterpieces in one room within his own house. Just as the Dutch masters worked with the domestic view that was all around them, I have taken as my subject the life that is right in front of me.”

Great art tells a good story. It cracks the surface and speaks to the wonderfully unique ability of photography to be so many things at once.  These photographs are a contemporary tale about the practicalities of women who have careers, they are about power and beauty, masculine and feminine, allegory and authenticity. They are reverent towards Flemish still life painting from the 17th century, and are deeply personal meditations that make me think of Alice Monro’s books in a visual form.

This is the kind of beauty I want to live with.


Installation view

BUY THIS WORK FRAMED DIRECTLY FROM YOUR SHOPPING CART


Both of these photographs are available specially framed, and ready to deliver at the click of a button. I’ve worked with my master framer to float these gorgeous prints in an archival, high quality sturdy white wood frame. Delivery charges are the same as if you were buying just the print. Special note to my Canadian collectors – please reach out to me at emily@eyebuyart.com for free shipping. I know the US dollar is high so let me make it easier.

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SNAP! 2017

I’m proud to be contributing to the SNAP! 2017 auction along with artist Julia Callon. SNAP! is a fundraising initiative for the AIDS Committee of Toronto, a leading HIV service organization, supporting more than 20,000 people living with HIV in Toronto. The annual gala is taking place on March 30th and tickets to the event can be found here. It’s a great way to give to an important cause, and build your art collection at the same time – the work they auction off is always unbelievable.

AGO MASSIVE

It’s party time! I’m on the Art Gallery of Ontario’s MASSIVE committee and the time has come to get your tickets to the gallery’s annual event of the season. It’s a great party and this year’s theme is Machine Age Massive – expect blinky robots and Blade Runner dancin’ shoes – what’s not to love? Use my promo code: emcInnes227 for a discounted ticket of $135. I look forward to seeing you there!

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Sending beauty to your soul,

 

Emily McInnes
Founder,
EYE BUY ART

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EYE BUY ART with the Nutcracker Ballet

No CommentsPosted December 4, 2016 by Emily McInnes


Daniel Neuhaus “Nutcracker Snowflakes” from the series Ballet
11×14″ | $275 | FRAMED
16×20″ | $450 | FRAMED
20×24″ | $800 | FRAMED 
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Daniel Neuhaus “Corps Swans” from the series Ballet
11×14″ | $275 | FRAMED
16×20″ | $450 | FRAMED
20×24″ | $800 | FRAMED
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I have a holiday sparkle in my eye, and the scent of fancy perfume wafting through my memory bank. These photographs remind me of when me of when I was a kid, when my sister and I would zip into our velvet dresses and go to the Nutcracker Ballet with my nana and my mom – the anticipation at this time of year, and the joy of these moments are encapsulated so gracefully for me here.

Over the course of 4 years, Toronto-based photographer Daniel Neuhaus gained rare access to The National Ballet of Canada’s dancers as they rehearsed backstage. The resulting photographs are an intimate, and unique window into the company; the images are raw, up close and unpolished. Daniel’s ability to develop a relationship of mutual trust around a traditionally very guarded industry, allow these photographs to have a sincere informality that we don’t often see in official ballet portraits.

The photograph “Nutcracker Snowflakes” was taken during the dress rehearsal for the 2015 production. Daniel focused on the chaos backstage by cramming as many dancers into the frame as possible, and tried to get as close as possible without disrupting the dancers and the performance.  His relationship with the ballet was instrumental in the creation of this image because they wouldn’t usually allow a photographer to squeeze in between the corps like this during a live performance when they were about to dash onstage.

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Both of these images are available framed and ready to add to your shopping cart. Delivery charges will be the same as if you were buying it unframed, so take advantage as I continue to launch the new system. Just click on the image above to get started!

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Don’t forget to mark your calendar for Thursday, December 15th when I will be hosting our 
first open house at my studio space here in Toronto!

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Thursday, December 15th
(the kick off party!)
6:00 – 8:00pm

Friday, December 16th
11:00am – 4:00pm

Saturday, December 17th
11:00am – 4:00pm

58 Stewart Street
Suite 401
Toronto, ON M5V 1H6
(across from the Thompson Hotel).

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Sending holiday magic your way!

 

Emily McInnes
Founder and Director
EYE BUY ART

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p.s. I’m carrying on the holiday tradition. My mom and I are taking my son to see the Nutcracker for his first time this year. I’ll post a pic on instagram to mark the occasion :)