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National Bank Private Banking 1859

National Bank Private Banking 1859

National Bank Private Banking 1859 is a proud presenter for a ninth year of Papier 2020 – Contemporary Art Fair.

Message from the presenting partner and honorary chair of the 2020 Papier Art Fair

“It is a great pleasure for me to once again serve as honorary chair of the Papier Art Fair. Though the event has been transformed into a digital fair this year, it continues to be an open window to contemporary art and to offer an outstanding cultural experience.

Papier reminds us that culture plays an essential role in times of crisis and can be a great comfort during these moments of uncertainty. The event is also an excellent opportunity to support local artists and the cultural sector. As a partner of the event for a ninth year, we are proud to support the advancement of contemporary art, particularly in this challenging economic environment.

National Bank has been celebrating local artists for many years. The National Bank Collection is one of the largest corporate collections in Canada. With over 7,500 original works of art, it reflects the history of Canadian art from 1895 to today. By acquiring artwork, the Bank directly supports artists and creators across Canada and fosters a feeling of pride in our collective heritage.

Like you, I am thrilled to immerse myself in a world of brilliant artistic creations during the 2020 edition of the Papier Art Fair, and experience the event differently!”

Éric Bujold, President
National Bank Private Banking 1859

Art: An exciting investment

The current situation surrounding COVID-19 has a major impact on the visual arts field in general and on galleries and the fairs they attend in particular. As a result, the community has had to adjust, and online fairs have become common practice in the context of the pandemic.

In this new reality, according to Jo-Ann Kane, Chief Curator of the National Bank’s art collection, here are the Best Practices she sets forth when buying art online or remotely.

Do Your Homework

  • Do extensive research on artists that interest you: read bios, look at their work on gallery or artists’ websites to ensure that the pieces that interest you are consistent with their specialty or genre.
  • Browse through their curriculum vitae, see what exhibitions the artist has participated in. Exhibitions in recognized venues such as artist-run centers, university galleries, or museums are a very good indication of the support the artist receives from his or her community.
  • Investigate whether an artist has received awards for their work. These are very good benchmarks of the success with which the artist’s career will progress or even how it is being valued.
  • Make sure that the artist is part of important collections such as a museum or a corporate collection.

The Acquisition

  • Make sure to check the art object size. An online image can be confusing.
  • Ask all your questions to the gallery owners, they will bring additional information that will be very useful for your decision making and above all, discuss the conditions of acquisition with the gallery.

Here is a very enlightening article that explores the value of investing in art, how to make the right choices, getting to know the art world, as well as the long-term vision and pay-off. Enjoy!

Art: An exciting investment 

Acquisitions at the 2020 Papier Art Fair

David Elliott

Considered one of the leading Canadian painters to have participated in the return of figuration in the late 1970s and early 1980s, David Elliott is perhaps best known for his large-scale oil paintings on canvas that are part of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal and the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec collections.

David Elliott is represented by Galerie Nicolas Robert.

Portrait de Mariage
Oil on canvas
153 x 183 cm

Oil on canvas
153 x 183 cm

The Papier Contemporary Art Fair is now over. Thank you for taking part in the success of this virtual edition.
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