Art Attack

One of the best parts of my job here at H&H is editing the Artist File pages. My inbox is always full of beautiful exhibition catalogues and images from amazing artists. So, for my second to last Renovator’s Notebook post, I felt it was only right to talk about the artwork I hope to buy for our newly renovated home, and, all of the works that I have had stored away for almost a year.

Photo Blog August 4 Art Painting Boy

I was a bit gutted back in the winter when I found out this piece by Stephen Appleby-Barr was sold. It might not be everyone’s choice, but I think it would have been perfect in our new dining area.

Photo Blog August 4 Art Painting Wall Display

Some of the most incredible homes have truly unique, and sometimes downright odd, works of art. I am so inspired by Butch Anthony’s personality-infused home.

After we’ve spent so much money on this renovation, I’ll be cruising the student art sales at colleges and universities — always a great source for affordable works. And for those of you like me who love printmaking, proof sales such as the one at Toronto’s Open Studio each year can also net you some great pieces that will transform any space. At holiday time, many organizations and galleries also hold fundraisers that auction off original works for good prices.

Photo Blog August 4 Art Painting Grey

I am thinking of supporting a good cause and buying this abstract piece from New Brunswick’s Matt LeBlanc, who is painting 200 pieces in six months to raise money for cancer. Beautiful!

I’ve also found some stellar limited-edition works and fun posters that I can’t wait to have framed from websites like and And, I’ll need to find some shelf space for some quirky multiples from For small hits of colour, I may hit up a painting-a-day website like

Photo Blog August 4 Art Painting Apartment Photograph

This photograph by Joakim Borén, another online score from, is high on my wish list.

I am lucky enough to have a lot of talented friends, and have collected some of their works over the years. Time to dust them off and hang them! In two weeks, I’ll share with you more photos of the completed house, artwork and all.

For more tips on where to find affordable art, and how to display and hang it, see our Art Advice Guide.

Photo credits:
1. Neon Rider, Stephen Appleby-Barr, Narwhal Art Projects
2. The New York Times, photography by Robert Rausch
3. Painting 56 of 200, Matt LeBlanc
4. Untitled #6 from Monoliths series, Joakim Borén,