Founder of Gibbs Fine Art and
Gibbs Appraisals Ltd.
EXPERIENCE THAT COUNTS
Andrew Gibbs has been advising clients on the appraisal, purchase, sale and donation of fine art and historical artefacts in the U.K. and Canada for over 25 years. After obtaining a Fine Arts degree from London University in 1985, he trained in the valuations department of a UK auction house before moving to Canada in 1996 and establishing Gibbs Appraisals, an independent fine arts appraisal company. Since moving to Ottawa in 2002, the company has expanded and developed into a fine art consulting and valuation firm with a reputation for handling the very best Canadian and international artworks and historical artefacts and for advising museums, galleries and the insurance industry.
Trusted by the country's top public galleries and museums for his expertise, Andrew Gibbs has undertaken appraisals at the National Gallery of Canada and for the Art Gallery of Ontario, Vancouver Art Gallery, Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kamloops Art Gallery, Canada Council Art Bank, Museum of Civilization, Rideau Hall Collection, City of Ottawa Archives and Redpath Museum, Montreal.
Research has always played an important part in our ethos and with our own researcher based in London, UK we are able to make full use of the huge resources of the London art market and the academic facilities available in the UK. We are also able to call on the assistance of expert curators, specialists, art historians and conservators in cases that require outside help.
Independent valuations still form the core of our company's focus but, with the evolution of the art market, advising clients on how to make the right decisions when buying, selling or donating fine art has developed into a natural extension of our business. With top contacts in the museum, gallery, auction and art conservation world, we are ideally placed to help you to build a great collection or to maximise your return if you want to sell or donate.
Andrew Gibbs started in the fine art auction business in 1987 and has always kept in touch with the market through his association with auction companies. As well as being an independent appraiser he has been a consultant appraiser for Heffel Fine Art Auction House since 2000 and is currently Heffel’s Representative in Ottawa.