And that's another milestone achieved for @anthonywuart! I finally surpassed 4000 followers on Instagram with 4001 and counting! A big thank you to everyone supporting me over the years and following my international Asian art adventures.
I started my Instagram account shortly after I left my position as an Asian art specialist at a regional auction house in Toronto during the summer of 2015.
Since the humble beginnings of having '0' followers and weekly posts that average only 10-15 'likes', my Instagram account has grown to become one of the more popular Asian art feeds, and is followed by friends/colleagues in the art world, art appraisers, museum curators and general fans of Asian art.
Rather than posting Asian art objects that I liked, my feed developed into a chronological insight of my world within Asian art. These snapshots includes my work trips to various international cities around the world, Asian art objects that I happen to be examining, and visits to museums, galleries and major auction houses. There's still the obligatory 'fancy meal' post too!
For those who don't know much about me, I have been working in the art field for just over 18 years now. For the past 8 years, I have been an independent Asian art specialist, appraiser and consultant. Some of my qualifications (at the time of writing this blog) include being:
a certified appraiser in Chinese Fine Art with the Appraisers Association of America (AAA) based out of New York City. With the AAA, I am also an accredited appraiser in Japanese Fine Art, and Indian, Himalayan, and Southeast Asian Pre-Modern Art.
a board member with The Canadian Association of Personal Property Appraisers
a board member with The Canadian Society of Decorative Arts
So what are my plans for the next few months? I'm currently finishing up an article on The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden for the spring/summer 2023 issue of Ornamentum, Canada's only magazine dedicated to design and the decorative arts. This article will introduces the Suzhou-style Chinese garden that is situated in Vancouver's Chinatown, and how it promotes Chinese/Canadian relationships, and blends tradition and the modern age.
(A view of The Cloud and Colourful Pavilion at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden in Vancouver's Chinatown)
I also have a couple of trips planned for the next few months including visits to Vancouver, New York, Chicago, London and Paris. Most of these trips will be work-related from attending auction previews, consulting auction houses, and sourcing objects for my April online Asian art auction at Heffel.
I do intend on going to East Asia for a couple of weeks in early March (Hong Kong, Taipei and Tokyo), which will mark my first time to that area of the world since the pandemic started!
That's it for now and feel free to send me a message if you need any of your Asian art objects appraised or valued. In addition to my regular workload, I still manage various appraisal projects throughout the year, whether it is for estate-planning, museum donation, or insurance.
And even though I mostly focus on Chinese art objects, I do have a wealth of knowledge with artwork from the rest of the Asian regions including Japan, Korea, the Himalayas (Nepal and Tibet), India and Southeast Asia (Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, etc).
Here's hoping I reach 5000 Instagram followers in 2024!