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Gallery 260 has been formed to recognize Canadian Fine Art and Classic Cars of North America. What on earth do these two have in common? Well, to our mind, both are forms of art that we feel have not been properly recognized in the North American art world. Canadians, by their nature, are not ones to promote their own kind, particularly their most celebrated artists. And the collector car market in North America has been the exclusive domain of the car hobbiest, having been almost completely ignored by the serious art collector. We think both of these phenomena could benefit from some new thinking!!.


At Gallery 260, we are going to do our best to develop a market for these masters of Canadian art. We believe that Canada has a number of artists that deserve world wide recognition. And the world needs to be informed about these great Canadian Art Legends. But even more importantly, we have many, many Contemporary Canadian Artists who continue to live and paint the world around them. Take a look for a moment at Bruno Cote, Armand Tatossian, John Joy etc. etc. The colour and texture in their work is truly Canadian.


The most expensive Canadian painting sold to date is the 1924 work, Pine Tree and Red House, Winter, City Painting II by Lawren Harris, the founding member of the Group of Seven. Prior to this, in typical Canadian fashion, it was a tie between Paul Kane's Portrait of Maungwudas and Lawren Harris' Baffin Island at $2.2 million. This compares to United States artist Jackson Pollock whose Number 5, 1948 is rumoured to have recently sold for $140 million. Take a look at the work of Canadian artist Jean Paul Riopelle and ask yourself why the most expensive Riopelle is worth only $1.2 million? Why the Group of Seven have not exceeded the $2.8 million mark? Why Emily Carr and David Milne just recently broke a million? And Norval Morrisseau is still only in the six digits.


As I look around our gallery, I have discovered there is something truly unique about Canadian Art. Our use of colour is what sets us apart and makes us different. Perhaps it is our ever changing seasons, the shorter days and longer nights, the diversity of our people, the land mass of our nation. What ever the reason, Canadian artists are colourists in the supreme. And it is this use of colour, that our Gallery 260 will celebrate. It will do so in two ways. It will cater to the serious and informed collector looking for investment grade art. But it will also cater to those new to the art scene, who are looking to invest in more affordable contemporary art, where there is good potential for an increase in value.