Home' Scoop Homes and Art : Scoop Homes and Art 37 Contents Who or what inspired you to collect?
To n y Rose Toussaint was probably the greatest collector
in Perth. She was just smitten by art, and incredibly
supportive of younger artists; she bought some of my first
sculptures. We bought a lot of work directly from her because
she always wanted more money to buy more art! One was an
early Guy Grey Smith, and it’s as much about her memory as
it is a beautiful painting of a horse and rider.
Pam Rose f uelled my passion for antique jewellery.
I was able to buy a ring at auction that she used to wear,
and now I wear it just about every day, and think of her.
Why do you collect?
To n y You’re almost collecting memories when you collect
work, because it fixes the artists and the associations you
had at the time. It’s also about knowing that art by these
people has a value far exceeding the cost of the work – major
collectors and institutions often overlook their contribution
to Western Australian culture. If there’s a strategy, it’s about
keeping watch to rescue the orphans of Western Australian art!
Western Australian art is not expensive and it looks so stunning.
With so many art galleries closing down in recent years,
is the art scene dying in Perth?
To n y Running a commercial gallery is a hard game, and I think
perhaps some of the galleries that closed simply ran out of puff.
But there are already some new players, and my feeling is that
there will be regeneration. But more enthusiastic collectors are
needed. Those of us who do collect art have filled our walls.
An antique ring previously owned
by collector Rose Toussaint
Kangaroo, by Ivor Hunt, is the first
piece Tony and Pam bought together.
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