News & Blog

  • FIRST ARTS SETS TEN AUCTION SALES RECORDS IN THE MIDDLE OF A PANDEMIC

    We at First Arts have worked tirelessly to raise the level of professionalism in the resale of Canadian Indigenous art, treating the art and artists with the respect they so richly deserve. Proof that our approach has been appreciated by discerning collectors was realized with the tremendous success of our inaugural live auction in May 2019. We gathered together a second spectacular collection and forged ahead with the confidence that the support of our first sale had inspired, despite some rather daunting challenges.

  • Global News Interview and Virtual Tour

    Global News Weekend host Mike Arsenault interviews art auction curator Ingo Hessel about the virtual Inuit and First Nations art auction taking place this weekend.

  • The Discerning Eye

    First Arts is proud present an outstanding group of Inuit sculptures from a prestigious Montreal collection. Part of an important and wide-ranging collection of art from around the globe, they prove that Inuit art has a place amongst the great art traditions of the world. The selection of works includes some of the finest known examples of sculptures by Barnabus Arnasungaaq, Karoo Ashevak, Nick Sikkuark, Tuna Iquliq, and Elizabeth Nutaraaluk

  • Preview Appointments and Live Bidding

    And the COVID-19 Restrictions
    by Nadine Di Monte
    Preview Appointments and Live Bidding

    In an effort to support the Government of Ontario’s continuing effort to contain the spread of COVID-19 and to ensure a safe and orderly preview experience, we at First Arts are now accepting appointments to preview our July 12, 2020 offering of Inuit and First Nations Art. Preview times will be booked at 30-40 minute intervals unless otherwise requested.

  • Rare Sealskin Matrixes To be Offered by First Arts on July 12, 2020

    With less than two weeks until our Sunday, July 12, 2020 sale of Inuit and First Nations Art, we reflect on the unique honour bestowed on us to offer to collectors three sealskin stencil matrixes from the earliest days of printmaking in Kinngait. To our knowledge these are the only ones of their kind in private hands, making this the first and perhaps only opportunity for the public to view them and to give collectors a chance to make their acquisition.

  • As we approach our upcoming sale of Inuit and First Nations Art, to be held in association with A.H. Wilkens Auctions & Appraisals at their premises at One William Morgan Drive in Toronto on Sunday 12 July 2020, Ingo Hessel reflects on the legacy of Jessie Oonark and her versatility as an artist. We are delighted to share with our audience our research and appreciations of five fine examples of Oonark's works that will be on offer at this sale.

  • First Arts Announces New Association with A.H. WILKENS AUCTIONS & APPRAISALS.

    We at FIRST ARTS are excited to announce our new association with A.H. WILKENS AUCTIONS & APPRAISALS. 

  • Bidding Resumes for Our Online Auction on Tuesday, April 14th at 9:00 AM ET

    During this difficult period, we wish to continue to connect and serve our community.  With this in mind, we are pleased to announce the re-opening of our online auction.  The health and safety of our community as well as our fiduciary responsibility to our consignors remain our top priorities. To effectively serve our collectors in this exceptional time, we have reviewed and adapted our approach in the following ways

  • A Message to our Community

    First Arts discusses ways in which we can contribute in a thoughtful way in order to assist in getting our community through this exceptional time. 

  • An Update on our March Online Auction

    To support the Government of Ontario’s effort to contain the spread of COVID-19, and as a matter of care for our team, our guests, and our community, previews are no longer available for this sale.  As such, First Arts has made the difficult decision to temporarily halt bidding for our March Online Auction.

  • Bidding Now Available for our March Online Auction

    Tuesday, March 17 - Tuesday, March 31
    Bidding Now Available for our March Online Auction

    First Arts is proud to present our March Online Auction, which is open today for bidding. You will find in this offering a diverse range of graphic and sculptural works from the classic and modern periods. This sale presents unique finds that will appeal to both emerging and experienced collectors.

  • An Update on our March Online Auction Regarding COVID-19

    In light of the realities that we are facing due to the COVID-19 situation, we will be amending arrangements for our March Online Auction in the effort to protect our clients, community, and team. 

  • How do you Follow a Record-Breaking First Auction?

    A broadening of our mandate. Indigenous art is worldwide and, while we will continue our focus on Canadian First Nations, Inuit, and Métis artists, we welcome consignments of Indigenous art from around the world. 

  • Success Begets Success

    What happens when you bring leading experts on Inuit and First Nations art together with a mission to reinvigorate the resale market? The answer: A debut sale that smashes world records, and sells an astonishing 95% of lots offered.

  • Little Worlds

    The Norman Hallendy Collection of Ivory Miniatures
    Little Worlds

    It is with great pleasure that Galerie Elca London (1444 Sherbrooke Street West, #100, Montreal), in collaboration with First Arts, presents the Hallendy Collection of miniature ivories. 

  • New Company Smashes World Record Auction Price for a Work of Inuit Art

    TORONTO, May 30, 2019 - On May 28th, First Arts held its inaugural live sale of Inuit and First Nations Art. Offering a select group of 75 works from important Canadian and American collections, the auction realized a total of over $1.2 million, and sold an astonishing 95% of lots offered.