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Dr Fred Scott
Fred has been involved with art from an early age and started building his own art collection while being a student. He received a PhD from Stellenbosch University, graduating in the chemical sciences. Following a career in academia, the chemical industry and technology transfer, he moved into the fine art business. Fred’s interest in the history of art movements reinforced the development of a connoisseur’s eye and his ability to recognize important modern and contemporary artworks. Besides curating several art exhibitions and being the former managing director of the auction house Stephan Welz & Co, he also held the chairmanship of the Friends of the Johannesburg Art Gallery. Fred is the founding partner of Walker Scott Art Advisory.
Kayleen has always been passionate about the arts and began her career as a ballet dancer. Following an injury, she pursued a degree with majors in art history and economics at the University of Cape Town. In addition, she completed graduate studies at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, with a focus on art as an alternative asset. She then went on to manage art galleries on Luxury Cruise Liners and curated art engagement programmes onboard. Back in South Africa, Kayleen managed a Cape Town based art gallery before joining Stephan Welz & Co as a fine art specialist. Her focussed exposure on various art markets has equipped Kayleen with the skills necessary for art advisory. Kayleen joined Walker Scott in May 2019.
Walker Scott Art Advisory offers corporate and private art collectors a comprehensive range of art related services with a special focus on modern and contemporary African art.
With the steady rise in art values, the expectations of art collectors have increased significantly, which has inspired us to develop a range of services to address all of our clients’ art needs. We provide guidance and unbiased advice to assist our clients with selecting quality works by talented artists and building worthwhile art collections. We help our clients navigate the complex acquisition process, and we manage art collections as part of an investment portfolio to enhance and preserve the value of artworks.
The art market is generally opaque; we are however deeply committed to ethical business practice. We operate completely independently and only represent our clients, to whom we provide neutral advice. We work with both new and established collectors and we are passionate about encouraging a culture of art collecting as we believe that societies are remembered by their art.
We develop individual collection strategies based on the collector’s objectives and personal tastes. While a randomly purchased art collection can have value, a focused one may be more prestigious and valuable, and can convey something about the collector.
RESEARCH & ANALYSIS
In recommending the highest quality works, we consider provenance, authenticity, condition, rarity, as well as aesthetic and historical importance.
Art values are determined by a complex combination of factors. We review global auction records and conduct experiential analyses based on the intrinsic values of a work in order to give a thoughtful assessment.
ACQUISITION & DISPOSAL
We facilitate the acquisition and disposal of art, taking care of all the details, advising on the right timing and the best channels, and best utilising our access to the art world.
We assist with and facilitate a full range of art management services including documentation, framing, packing & shipping, delivery & installation, conservation, storage, insurance, as well as curation i.e. how the art is displayed.
SHARING THE COLLECTION
We help collectors create a legacy and possibly increase the value of their collections through loan programmes to museums and important exhibitions. We also manage the complex process of setting up a private museum.
We regularly publish a column in the Business Day and participate in various discussions and interviews to provide art market information and general guidance in matters pertaining to art collecting.
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