Four companies embracing fine art and artists.
The buying customers at Eye Buy Art – the consumers purchasing its artists’ works – are “seeking a reliable source for emerging art, that want guidance on how to build a collection,” says McInnes, so the company is picky about the artists they choose – they have to be invited just to send in an application. “We look at photographers who have won the annual juried Flash Forward Competition, or who have been recommended to us by a team of insider curatorial advisors,” says McInnes. “This is an important aspect of what we do. We offer fine art that is affordable and that has a high degree of integrity and potential to increase in value. We do this by working with a jury of professionals in the field of art and photography who are at the leading edge of what they do – they are on the ground and in the know.”
Eye Buy Art does none of its own printing, instead choosing to serve as the liaison between artist and print provider. About two years ago, the company made a print-provider switch to Toronto Image Works (www.torontoimageworks.com), founded by photographer Edward Burtynsky. “I’m thrilled with my new printers – they are a great team of people who live and breathe the world of printing, who are very passionate about their work,” says McInnes. “I moved my business to Toronto Image Works because I needed to be 100-percent confident about the quality of work I was sending to our collectors worldwide. The printers at Toronto Images Works are masters, they are meticulous about their work, and I know I can rely on them to consistently deliver museum-quality prints.”
Eye Buy Art’s resultant prints are archival, chromogenic prints (C-prints), with a semi-matte finish, using Kodak Endura Premier Paper, and are processed through Toronto Image Works’ ZBE Chromira 5 x 50 processor. The artists are able to see an 11 x 14-inch proof of the reproduction before final output.