1. How did you get your start?
It was 1984. I was buying some prints to hang in my flat and thought that they were rather badly presented. I found someone to mount them, not going over the top, took them to New York and sold them all.
I became obsessed with the beauty of the antiquarian print, the amazing images and skill of the engraving produced ages before photography. It was a wonderful time as this section of the fine art market was very affordable. Today, the top end of the print market is extremely expensive.
2. How did you choose which artists to represent?
The artists mainly come to me. If I like their work (and them), I represent them.
They must have drawing skills. After that, if an artist’s work moves me, whether by amusement or reflection or with poignancy, it’s something I will choose.
3. Fairs vs shops?
Both, if possible. Fairs give dealers a chance to show to a diversity of potential clients while a shop shows more works than can be exhibited on a single stand at a fair. Sadly, with the high costs of fair stands and high shop rents and business rates, it is often difficult to do both.
4. Biggest threat to the market?
The economy, stupid! Political unrest is also a definite factor. Being unsure of the future is always a negative factor.
5. Real ale or espresso martini?
Espresso martini. I don’t know what that is but I know I love espresso.
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