1934 - 2020

Buying Fine Art
How do you determine what is fine art when selecting contemporary artists?
Don Cavin at 81, sketching Killarney in 2015
Buying Art that you love, is of course the prime motivator for collecting art. But, good art is, or can be, expensive. Accredited famous art is good art. There is however good art that is not expensive. Most Artists began selling their work at far less money. As their career progresses, so does their price.

Value follows success, that you can bank on.

Generally, a fine art painting career has a curve that illuminates the growth and quality of the artists work.
Pablo Picasso, top seller at Christies auction, New York
"Le Femmes d’Alger" sold for $179,000,000
The most expensive painting ever in 2015.
Picasso started painting as a realist painter! Today he is known world wide, for his Cubism and variations there of, along with works in other media that he chose to work in beyond paint.

Interested people today, wishing to collect good art need to work with a good or proven gallery. Successful art dealers have a developed instinct to select quality art, which is why they’re successful.

The collector then determines not what is fine art but, what fine art do they like from the professional dealer’s available choices. The collector then has to choose.
A Picasso painting shown at a private preview, prior to Heffel’s fall live auction, Toronto 2019.
This painting, probably a study, sold for $10,000,000 at last year's fall Heffel auction. Great artists like Picasso, tend to follow similar patterns of exploration and growth, leading to active spurts that reach peaks of that current working style...such as exploring different concepts, media, techniques, or reactivate their colour, as their variations continue to develop.

These expressive peaks by a driven artist can be short lived or last for years. The great ones typically move forward to a new inspiration within a current phase or style, or seek an entirely different media and subject as the years of dedicated painting roll on.

The creative mind explores...the practical mind embraces the status quo.

Canada’s famous Group of Seven (1920-1933) and their contemporaries, generally followed the above outline, each with their own unique interpretation.
Dedication to artistic expression is the platform that greatness is built upon, and still is to this day 100 years later. A major milestone for Canada’s most famous collaborative.
Don Cavin 1934-2020, dedicated most of his adult life to his wonderfully expressive style of landscape painting. Buckingham Fine Art first presented his work with a fall show in our Uxbridge Gallery in the fall of 1995.
Dons first one man show that fall, sold out by opening day.
We continued a one man Don Cavin Show each year since, and each year produced the same result.
Don Cavin died February 8th 2020.

On May 30th Buckingham Gallery prepared a blog officially announcing his passing, but we held back the announcement and decided on an online show; "The Final Chapter". This first Cavin Collection offering, contained 25 small field sketches and 25 paintings. These have sold very well.

Those wishing to add a Cavin painting to their Art Collection or to add to their current Cavin Collection, can peruse Part One and Part Two.

We are now realizing and facing the fact that The Cavin Collection 2020 is Don Cavin's Final Chapter.

Viewing  tips for the Collection 
This blog combined with its first offering, Cavin Collection part one, is combined, with over 100 images of his work from the last 25 years or so. 

Part one has some of his best work still available. Part two, is now available, as shown in this blog. Both parts one and part two gives you some of his finest work.
Tips for optimal viewing online:
We advise reviewing the thumbnail gallery first. This allows you to see the paintings or sketches as though hanging on a wall at a distance of say 10 or 12 feet. In affect, more like what you would see if hanging on your wall. The one problem of gauging a work solely from miniatures however, is all of the minis are square! most of these  paintings are rectangular. So your missing part of the sketch or painting. Once you’ve chosen a piece, tap the miniature to see a full view in a large format.
Don Cavin working up a painting from a pencil drawing selected  from one of his sketch Books. Once outlined on canvas, he will take the painting into colour from memory, then add shear exhilaration of creation.
The Artists Oeuvre 
The advantage of seeing large tracks of an artist's life’s work; gives you a certain insight to what an artist has accomplished in their life’s work. Were they in their early efforts, what their mid career produced or the results of what golden maturity delivered up in their Final Chapter.

We have determined to present this range of time in Part One and Part Two.  The differences of style in his paintings gives insight into his struggle to present a subject in a certain way. This combines variations in brush work, colour choices, as well as varying approaches in style.

Abstraction was always laying in wait, as he pursued chosen scenes to execute  from a batch of field studies or plein air sketches. His sketches are the seeds of his paintings. He would select a sketch then decide how to present it as a painting, be it a small work or large canvas.
Wayne Buckingham

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