Buying Affordable Art Online No.8 –

lucida Buying Affordable Art Online No.8   artmarketblog.comHow would you like to purchase an instant contemporary photograph collection with excellent investment potential while helping a fantastic art organisation to continue to support emerging artists. If this sounds something that would interest you (and it definitely should) then read on. Photolucida (, if you don’t already know, is a week long festival of photography held every other spring during which an international group of photographers get together in Portland, Oregon to celebrate photography.

One of the events that takes place during the celebration is a portfolio review that basically involves a bunch of artists being reviewed by art world professionals with a view to the participants making contacts that will lead to opportunities to exhibit their work, sell their work or get featured in magazines etc. Another event that Photolucida holds is the Critical Mass annual juried art competition which involves artists submitting their work online to be judged by a massive panel of 200 reviewers.

This portfolio review and Critical Mass competition puts Photolucida in the prime position to discover new talent and to nurture that talent through their various programs and networks.

In order to continue their great work, Photolucida have put together a very special portfolio of photographs by fifteen of the Northwest USA’s best photographers who generously donated their works to the portfolio. According to their website “The edition is limited to fifteen portfolios. Each portfolio contains one print of each of these fifteen images. The price of the portfolio is $5000. That’s a considerable savings over the total price of these photographs purchased individually, yet enough to significantly help Photolucida continue and expand our programming”

This portfolio contains work by some absolutely fantastic artists such as Christopher Rauschenberg, Patrick Stearns (particularly good photographer), Phil Borges and Christopher Burkett all of whom have excellent potential and many of whom have very impressive cv’s. As a small edition of 15 and a price per work of $333, this portfolio is an absolute bargain that only needs one of the fifteen artists involved to take off, the odds of which seem pretty good.

You can see the works in the portfolio and purchase the portfolio here:

image: Patrick Stearns – Westside Light Rail series, November 17, 1995.

 Buying Affordable Art Online No.8**Nicholas Forrest is an art market analyst, art critic and journalist based in Sydney, Australia. He is the founder of, writes the art column for the magazine Antiques and Collectibles for Pleasure and Profit and contributes to many other publications.

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