Edward J. Guarino
Becoming an art collector has been a slow but steady evolution that continues to this day. My collection was built on a high school teacher’s salary, and though I am now retired, I am still collecting. I started buying Inuit art around 1995 after seeing it in Vancouver. I was particularly attracted by the use of line and multiple perspectives in works on paper and quickly became obsessed with the work of Janet Kigusiuq. These days, I am drawn to edgier works by Napachie Pootoogook, Shuvinai Ashoona, Saimaiyu Akesuk, Cee Pootoogook and others who explore dark themes and subjects. I believe that in order to build a great collection the one thing needed is passion. I have three rules: buy from the heart, buy the best you can afford and utilize layaway plans.
02 Annie Pootoogook Couple Sleeping 2003–04 Coloured pencil, ink and graphite 33 × 53.3 cm