In conversation with
Lloyd Harris & David Collins

Tell us a little about yourself and the art you are interested in
My husband, David, and I are a retired nurse and lawyer, respectively. We are now in the process of moving full time from Sydney’s inner west to the Blue Mountains. Moving our Sydney collection to our home in Katoomba has been one of the early challenges in retirement, particularly in the middle of a pandemic!

Having been collecting for some 40 years, unsurprisingly, the collection is varied but more recently I have focused on artists with a strong message addressing the important issues of this century as well as the work/artists with a connection to the Blue Mountains. David (the dog lover in the relationship) also collects work with canine subjects.


Lloyd & David's Sydney inner west home

Tell us about how you discover new art and how you came to discover them
Gallery hopping on a Saturday was a regular feature of our lives for many years but with work demands and because we came to spend most weekends in Katoomba, that became more difficult in recent years and so the internet has been a godsend.  

We source work from the many emails we receive from galleries, as well as from Art Money. If a work is of particular interest, we then usually visit the gallery. We have been regular attendees at the Melbourne Art Fair and Sydney Contemporary and have also purchased work at most National Art School graduate/post graduate shows.
Robert Malherbe 'Street Landscape 5'
Why did you choose to buy with Art Money? How has Art Money influenced your art buying?
David and I have used Art Money for at least a dozen purchases – we were early adopters. I have one on the go now! A Robert Malherbe from Michael Reid Sydney. The availability of Art Money allows us to take the work home immediately and so meets the need for immediate gratification (and what collector does not suffer from that vice) and better manage our finances so that purchases are paid for out of our income. In particular, it has facilitated purchases of more significant works by in demand artists, such as at the art fairs, when decisions must be made quickly if the work is to be secured.

Image courtesy Lloyd Harris & David Collins including works by Maree Azzopardi, Somchai Charoen, Penelope Long and Alex Seton.
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