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Using Art to Refresh Your Space: 3 Simple Steps to Bring Joy Inside

No CommentsPosted May 29, 2020 by Emily McInnes

If you’re like me you’ve been spending a lot of time scrutinizing your home lately. My inner Marie Kondo is kicking stuff out the door and the energy in my space has blossomed like a shot of green unfurling itself towards Spring. 

Now is the perfect time to infuse joy into your home with art.

This is a before and after of the same room after furniture was moved around and artwork was installed. Painting by Emma Carney. Images courtesy of Emily McInnes & Tricon House.

When it comes to art we usually hear about it in the loftier context of art history, through a museum exhibition or because it broke a world record at Christie’s. But how is this meaningful to you, and how does this apply to your everyday life and the space you live in? 

One thing I know to be true: art is a language that very much represents who you are and the things you care about. It’s an expression of your values and your beliefs about the world. There are as many variances and nuances in this unwritten language as there are artists and artworks, and this is why having the piece that best represents you and your uniqueness is what gives colour, shape and context to your environment. 

Another thing I know to be true: we are all creative. Being stuck indoors with a bit (or a lot) of extra time is an opportunity to unleash this side of ourselves and to see our environment in a new light. Here are 3 simple steps to help start you on your journey: 

Find your Location:

1. Start with the room you’re spending the most time in; your living room, your kitchen, or perhaps a newly minted home office. Is there a part of this room that you’d like to change?


Explore new horizons:

2. Give some thought to what you most love to do. What brings you joy? Is it nature? Gardening? Sports? Architecture, music, travel or food? Where do you tend to spend your free time and what sites have you been on lately? Let your freak flag fly and write it all down.


Find your Passion

3. From here, you’ll develop a feeling for what you’re looking for. Great art is so accessible – a topic Rose and I will be discussing over the next few weeks – and one of the things that makes it great is by making it an expression of you. The art on your walls should feel meaningful, it should infuse your space with joy and bring the things you love to experience into your everyday.


You’ll be amazed at how art can transform your space – and your mood. Art is that powerful. 

Artwork by Whitney Lewis-Smith. Image courtesy Samuel Choisy.


Coming up next: stay tuned next Friday to discover more about your art collecting personality by taking our art style quiz!

Artwork by and image courtesy of Samuel Choisy.

Share your story with us!

Do you have a room in your house that you’ve been struggling with? What challenges you most when you’re re-thinking a space? I’d love you to share your thoughts with me so I can address your questions in our future posts. Please share your comments below!

 

Cheers,

Emily McInnes
Founder + CEO

 

P.S. Need some inspiration? Browse our collection at eyebuyart.com/eye and stay tuned for our gorgeous new website that will be launching soon!


P.S. Need some inspiration? Browse our collection at eyebuyart.com/eye and stay tuned for our gorgeous new website that will be launching soon!

The Art of Drag and Tickets to the AAF

No CommentsPosted March 19, 2018 by Emily McInnes


Daniel Neuhaus “GTO Judge”, 2014
from the series Things That Make the Heart Beat Faster
20×20″ | ed. 15 | $750 | Framed | BUY
30×30″ | ed. 10 | $1950 Framed | BUY
40×40″ | ed. 5 |  $2950 | Framed | BUY


Daniel Neuhaus “Chevy Chevelle”, 2014
from the series Things That Make the Heart Beat Faster
20×20″ | ed. 15 | $750 Framed | BUY
30×30″ | ed. 10 | $1950 Framed | BUY
40×40″ | ed. 5 | $2950 Framed | BUY


Daniel Neuhaus “Top Fuel”, 2014
from the series Things That Make the Heart Beat Faster
20×20″ | ed. 15 | $750 Framed | BUY
30×30″ | ed. 10 | $1950 Framed | BUY
40×40″ | ed. 5 | $2950 Framed | BUY


Daniel Neuhaus “Top Fuel Driver”, 2014
from the series Things That Make the Heart Beat Faster
20×20″ | ed. 15 | $750 Framed | BUY
30×30″ | ed. 10 | $1950 Framed | BUY
40×40″ | ed. 5 | $2950 Framed | BUY

You’ve gotta love art that feels like the spirit of Steve McQueen is alive and hanging on your walls. Or maybe it’s Boss Hogg meets Reservoir Dogs. Whatever – it’s BADASS.

Drag racing is an interesting sport, and for Toronto-based documentary photographer Daniel Neuhaus, the elements of endurance, sport and human achievement have become an obsession. Similar to his series based on elite dancers from the National Ballet, Daniel gained behind-the-scenes access into the rarefied world of drag racing. Shot on location using vintage film cameras, Daniel’s images become a window into the adrenaline-fueled sub-culture of this high octane sport, and the nostalgia of the 70s street machine aesthetic.

In Daniel Neuhaus’s words, “These competitions are like a time capsule. Cars aren’t made like this anymore. They’re solid. Brightly coloured, and loud. There’s a lack of pretence about them; they are iconic and have a reference point that transcends age and class. This is a personal project for me, that suits my documentary style. These pictures are un-staged and exist in reality. This isn’t just about the sport of going fast, these cars have a specific aesthetic. They are like art pieces.”

I will be showing 5 of Daniel’s photographs at the Spring edition of the Affordable Art Fair, New York this week, and this year, I’ve made the process of coming to see them even easier.

AFFORDABLE ART FAIR NEW YORK
SPECIAL PRICING GENERAL ADMISSION

The fair is taking place this week, from March 21st–25th, and the opening is this Wednesday from 6–9pm.

See below for details and I hope you can join me!
Booth 1.36 (first floor)
Metropolitan Pavillion
125 West 18th Street
(between 6th and 7th Avenues)

TICKETING

As an exhibitor, I’m able to extend a special general admission price of $10 to the fair (usually $18). Simply click the image above and a promo code will be pre-programmed into the ticketing system for you. (If you’re bringing a guest, you’ll need to go through the process twice.)

With my gratitude for being an EYE BUY ART supporter,

Emily McInnes
Founder,
EYE BUY ART

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Kristin Sjaarda – New Work

No CommentsPosted December 14, 2017 by Emily McInnes


Kristin Sjaarda “September Harvest”, 2017
from the series The Kitchen Window (de keuken finster)
50×40″ | ed. 10 | $3250 | Framed| BUY
60×40″ | ed. 5 |  $4250 | Framed | BUY


Kristin Sjaarda “Moths and Dahlia”, 2017
from the series The Kitchen Window (de keuken finster)
50×40″ | ed. 10 | $3250 | Framed | BUY
60×40″ | ed. 5 |  $4250 | Framed | BUY

These new photographs bring this year of bountiful abundance to a celebratory close, and are a perfect way to say “happy birthday EYE BUY ART” as my business turns 8 this month! Eight years of bringing art to your inbox, to art fairs and pop-ups across North America, and in packages to your doorstep. I’ve now shipped to over 30 countries across the globe, and have experienced a tremendous evolution in what I do.

These photographs by artist Kristin Sjaarda are shot entirely with the natural light coming in her kitchen window, and incorporate objects that have been passed down to her from generations of Dutch women in her family. Kristin is a rising star in the world of contemporary, fine art photography. Her photographs are rich with narrative, transcending time with their distinct references to the Dutch Masters of the 17th Century, yet deeply rooted in contemporary life. They oscillate between the historical world of painting, and the contemporary story of the modern working woman; the transient nature of our place here on earth and their permanence in fine art form.

NOTE: Additional photographs from this series are available by special request. Please contact me for details.

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Thank you to my friends far and wide, old and new, for being a part of this epic journey with me. I have exciting plans for 2018, see you there!

Emily McInnes
Founder,
EYE BUY ART

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Artist Talk (Tomorrow) and a Dancing Landscape for the Digital Age

No CommentsPosted November 14, 2017 by Emily McInnes

ARTIST TALK TOMORROW: In Conversation with Kristin Sjaarda and the ROM

Kristin Sjaarda

Thursday, November 16, 2017
12:15pm to 1:00pm

EYE BUY ART POP UP
FCP Gallery
100 King Street West / Bank of Montreal Tower
Toronto, ON (east corridor: past Starbucks, next to the Toronto Board of Trade).

FREE! But, please register for the event.

Please join Toronto artist Kristin Sjaarda in conversation with Mark Peck, the Orinthologist from the Natural History Department at the Royal Ontario Museum. Kristin is a rising star in the world of contemporary, fine art photography in Canada. Her botanical photographs are stunning – with distinct references to the Dutch Masters of the 17th Century – yet the work is deeply rooted in contemporary life. Kristin will discuss the critical role of nature, in the context of her work; the flowers she grows in her backyard garden here in Toronto, and the birds which she borrows from a rescue and research program at the ROM, in partnership with FLAP.

EYE BUY ART POP-UP – FINAL DAYS

There are only 10 days left to see my pop-up at the BMO Tower!

The show has been a massive success and I’d love for you to see it. It will be open every day (including this weekend) until closing on November 24th.

WEEKDAY HOURS: Monday to Friday, 11am – 3pm (and by special appointment)
WEEKEND HOURS: Saturday, 10am – 7pm and Sunday, 10am – 4pm

NEW PHOTOGRAPHS BY LORI HEPNER

Lori Hepner “Paddle #0079, Yukon River, Canada”, 2017
from the series Excursionary Auras, in Situ
16×20″ | $850 | Framed
20×24″ | $1475 | Framed
30×40″ | $3250 | Framed

Lori Hepner “Walk #6671, Kemijärvi, Finland”, 2017
from the series Excursionary Auras, in Situ
16×20″ | $850 | Framed
20×24″ | $1475 | Framed
30×40″ | $3250 | Framed

What is it exactly, that is so beguiling about these photographs. They are waves, almost fleshy in their curvature and dance-like in structure, but what are they? The answer is multi-faceted, and a journey into the intersection of dance, photography, technology and art. A space that Pittsburgh artist Lori Hepner has occupied throughout her practice.

Lori created “Paddle #0079, Yukon River” during a 21-day canoe trip into remote Northern Canada as part of a residency she participated in, in July of 2016, with 11 other artists. The series that resulted, is one-part performance art, and one-part traditional landscape – transformed for the digital age: The original photograph was taken inside the ruin of a log cabin in the gold rush region of Yukon Territory. The image is dark, because the only light coming in was through a hole in the roof that had caved in. To create this work, Lori places a digital negative of the image onto an SD card, which she transfers into a 6-foot-tall LED light stick. She opens her camera shutter, hits play, and begins her dance. As she moves, her camera captures the scrolling arc of light emanating from the LEDs, and records both movement and light into the still photograph we see above. Probably the best way to understand this process, is by watching her video.

p.s. we hung the photo horizontally above, but you can hang them any way you wish! See below.

INSTALLATION VIEWS

IN THE NEWS

A special thank you to Toronto Life Magazine, and to Tim Shore at Blog TO for their coverage “Photography Now”, an EYE BUY ART Pop-Up at First Canadian Place!

 

Thank you for being here, and being part of the journey!

Emily McInnes
Founder,
EYE BUY ART

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EYE BUY ART that Pops

No CommentsPosted October 16, 2017 by Emily McInnes

Grand Format Art Walls, First Canadian Place, Toronto. Courtesy 3M.

I just launched the biggest and most exciting pop-up in EYE BUY ART history, in the heart of Toronto’s Financial District, and I’d love you to join me!

PHOTOGRAPHY NOW
A 6-week Pop-Up by EYE BUY ART
October 16 – November 24, 2017

Opening Thursday, October 19th from 5:00 – 7:00pm
Please RSVP to fcpevents@brookfield.com

FCP Gallery
100 King Street West / Bank of Montreal Tower
Financial District
Toronto, ON
WEEKDAY Hours: 11:00am – 3:00pm, Monday to Friday and by appointment
WEEKEND HoursSaturday November 18th and Sunday November 19th (ONLY) from 10am – 4pm

Note: it’s a good idea to call ahead during the week to make sure the gallery is open, as it is sometimes closed for private events. Please text or call 416-200-8774 to confirm.

 

This exhibition is unlike anything I’ve presented before, and will comprise over 1500 square feet of new work, including one-of-a-kind paper cut-outs by Ontario artist Becky Comber, floated paint shadowboxes by newcomer (to me) Heidi Conrod, and limited edition, large-scale photographs by LA artist Ryan Schude and Toronto artist Kristin Sjaarda (see preview below – pricing and details available upon request).

I am also launching a very special partnership with 3M, who have generously provided support to exhibit grand
format, limited edition murals in the lobby of First Canadian Place (in the BMO Tower, where my pop-up is), where over 80,000 people a day will be passing through. This new program will launch the release of a new kind of art form; mural-sized, limited edition photographs that can be custom fit to your wall.

ARTIST TALK: In Conversation with Kristin Sjaarda and the ROM

Thursday, November 16, 2017
12:15pm to 1:00pm
FCP Gallery

Join us for a chance to win $250 in art!

Please join Toronto artist Kristin Sjaarda in conversation with Mark Peck, the Ornithologist from the Natural History Department at the ROM. Kristin is a rising star in the world of contemporary, fine art photography in Canada. Her botanical photographs are stunning – with distinct references to the Dutch Masters of the 17th Century – yet the work is deeply rooted in contemporary life. Kristin will discuss the critical role of nature, in the context of her work; the flowers she grows in her backyard garden here in Toronto, and the birds which she borrows from a rescue and research program at the ROM, in partnership with FLAP.

This is a story about the interconnectedness of the natural world; a world that is beyond human perception, and yet which we rely upon for our survival. This will be a deeply fascinating conversation that will reveal layers of meaning within Kristin’s work, and which will speak to the importance of narrative in art.

The event will conclude with a draw to win a $250 gift certificate from EYE BUY ART!

 

EYE BUY ART in the NEWS

A big thank you to Chatelaine Magazine for including EYE BUY ART in the September issue, featuring the article “The 3 Best Places to Buy Art (And How To Do It Well)”. It’s an honour to be recognized in this way. Chatelaine is Canada’s most widely circulated magazine, and is known as the preeminent leader in Canadian coverage of women’s issues, including the rise of feminism as a social phenomenon. What a badge of honour.

POP UP PREVIEW


Kristin Sjaarda, Dahlia and Pink Oyster Mushroom, 2017

Transparent Sky Over a Mountain in My Homeland, 2014, from the series Home

Becky Comber, Forest Floor No. 3 (Rankin Inlet), 2017, from the series Her Space

THANK YOU NEW YORK

A special thank you to everyone who visited me at The Affordable Art Fair in New York. This was my 5th time participating, and it was my most successful fair to date. I’ll be back for the Spring edition in March of 2018, and I look forward to seeing you again then!

I am sincerely grateful to have been on this journey with you so far. Thank you for being a supporter!I hope you can join me in celebrating this exciting new adventure in the story of EYE BUY ART.

Emily McInnes
Founder,
EYE BUY ART

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