Feheley Fine Arts is synonymous with excellence in the field of Inuit art. With over 60 years of experience, the gallery is now situated in the historic St. Lawrence Market area of downtown Toronto. It is one of the last remaining commercial galleries in the world devoted exclusively to traditional and contemporary art from the Canadian Arctic. Its collections range from exquisite small sculptures dating from the mid-twentieth century to paintings and drawings by today’s sought after contemporary artists.
Spanning two generations, Feheley Fine Arts has been instrumental in the development of numerous private, public and corporate collections. Each year, through group and solo exhibitions, Feheley Fine Arts showcases the enormous talent of Inuit artists. The gallery also offers a range of consultation and curatorial services, including art appraisal, collection management, research, and display and exhibition advice. Feheley Fine Arts is a member of the Art Dealers Association of Canada (ADAC).
Budd frequently travelled to the Arctic to experience the Canadian North and, more importantly, to meet the artists. In the early 1960s, he oversaw the formation of the Inuit Art Collection of the Toronto Dominion Bank, now the finest corporate collection of Inuit Art. He also served on the inaugural “Eskimo Arts Council”, an early governmental advisory board for Inuit Art. Throughout this period, Budd was unfailing in his recognition of the superb quality and vitality of Inuit art and took a crucial role in its development.
With the goal of educating the public and continuing to advance Inuit Art, Pat has given many talks at institutions such as the Art Gallery of Ontario, the University of Toronto, the International Society of Appraisers and others. She has published numerous articles on Inuit art in books and magazines. She has acted as an Inuit art consultant to numerous corporate art collections, Canadian institutions and international museums such as the Denver Art Museum, the Smithsonian Institute in Washington and Millesgarden Museum in Stockholm.
Pat served on the Eskimo Arts Council in its final years, twenty five years after her father. She is past President of the Art Dealers Association of Canada, a current board member of the Inuit Art Foundation and the Canadian Cultural Properties Export Review Board, a federal government tribunal. Pat holds a Bachelor’s degree in Art History from Queen’s University and a Master’s degree in Museology and Art History from the University of Toronto. In 2021, Pat was appointed as Member of the Order of Canada for her long-standing contributions to the Canadian art scene and her promotion of Inuit art and culture.
The Gallery Today
Today, Feheley Fine Arts showcases the finest in modern and historic Inuit art. In its new space, the gallery can now accommodate a variety of works such as video, performance, installation, and more. In this space, Pat and her staff present a revolving series of group and solo exhibitions, most often accompanied by a catalogue. With ambitions to champion new artists and explore new art forms, the story of Feheley Fine Arts continues.