|Av Isaacs about the time he opened the Isaacs Gallery in 1970.|
Reflecting its owner's taste, the stable of artists at the Isaacs Gallery was very wide. One minute I would be looking at a historical painting and the next it would be a fresh canvas or sculpture from Michael Snow or Gordon Rayner. In between, it might be a mask from New Guinea. When Av learned that I had a keen interest in Inuit art, he gave me a special treat. He took me to what was in essence his personal warehouse. More diplomatic individuals called it his loft storehouse. Here was the treasure trove–shelves upon shelves of art! I got to handle the work of Karoo Ashevak and Jessie Oonark.
|Av retired in 2001; he died in 2016 aged 89.|
I wonder if the term "stable" will be replaced with portfolio in reference to the collection of artists that a gallery represents. Artist John Greer teased Av once about the term "stable" asking if it suggested livestock or stability. After an initial frown, Greer says that Av blossomed into a smile. I will miss those blossoming smiles.