About Nick

At the age of thirteen, Nic’s entrepreneurial spirit, combined with an interest in antiques, led him to open a stall in a local antique centre in his home town of Sydney, Australia selling a range of antiques and objets d’art. A good eye, and a knack for identifying undervalued objects, gave Nic the ability to resell items for a profit that he had purchased at garage sales, flea markets and other antique centres. This early introduction to the antique and art industry was an eye opening experience that really ignited his passion for antiques, fine art and objets d’art (and provided him with a significant addition to his pocket money).

After finishing school, Nic completed a BA (Art History and Criticism) degree following which he pursued a fine art related career path. During this time, Nic worked in various different positions in both the cultural and commercial sectors of the art world where he gained a wealth of knowledge and experience. Nic continued to deal in antiques and art in his spare time, all the while developing a greater understanding of what to buy and how to shop.

In 2007, at the age of 24, Nic started the now internationally renowned Art Market Blog (artmarketblog.com) in response to the misconceptions and lack of understanding of the art market that he experienced during his time as an art broker. The Art Market Blog is now one of the most widely read independent commentaries on the Art market and continues to increase in popularity.

An interest in art related fraud and the authentication of fine objects saw Nic complete graduate studies in the area of art authentication in 2008 through the University of Melbourne.

Having achieved success working as an art market analyst, art critic and art consultant, Nic made the decision in 2009 to return to his roots and focus on his passion for fine objects and interior styling. A desire to share his passion for fine objects led Nic to develop a business that used the knowledge, skills and contacts that he had developed to source fine objects and provide interior styling advice.

The extensive global network of contacts that he had developed, combined with his in-depth knowledge of the art and antique industry, has given Nic a rare knowledge and understanding of the marketplace for fine objects that he continues to expand and is excited to be able to put to good use.

Nic has been published in many publications including Verve Magazine, Contemporary Art Gallery Magazine various, Antiques and Collectables for Pleasure and Profit Magazine, Visual Art Beat Magazine, Art Etc. Magazine, and has appeared on several radio programs (national and international) as an art market expert. He has also received press from the New York Times, Times of London, Conde Nast Portfolio, the UK Telegraph, Santa Monica Sun, Nuwire investor, Seeking Alpha, the Argus Leader, and many other websites and publications.

Finally, Nic has been invited to be a guest lecturer at the Sotheby’s institute in Singapore for their MA Art Business program.

In between dealing with all the request that i get to give my thoughts and opinions on tv, radio, in magazines and newspapers and on websites, I have been working on a video which will give my views on the future of the art market and my predictions for 2008 which should be launched in the next couple of months. I have also been working on some exciting projects and reports which will change the way you view the art market and hopefully revolutionise the world of art investment so be sure to check back regularly so you don’t miss out. My addiction for art has seen my own art collection grow in size in recent months so you can expect to see some posts on my art collecting exploits in the very near future.

If you would like my views on art, art investment or the art market for tv, radio, magazines, newspapers, websites etc. or if you just want to ask a question or say hi then please feel free to contact me at artmarketblog@gmail.com

46 Responses

  1. Dear Nicholas,

    I would like to invite you to visit my artwork. There are two major collection available now at the gallery which are the collection 500 pieces edinburgh old town sketches and the collection 85 pieces the sacred garden collection. Do enjoy the visit.


  2. Hi Nicholas,

    I linked your site. Good work, and best wishes,


  3. I came across the most awe-inspiring modern works I have ever seen… in museums… at corporate headquarters… at any gallery. The thing that got me was that the artist wished to remain anonymous, however, compared to the galleries around town the artwork was extremely modest in price. The representative was asking $4500 for a 6′ x 8′ painting. There was another painting that was 12′ x 12′ for $6000. Are these reasonable prices considering the size and talent of the artist even though the artist wishes to remain anonymous?

  4. I enjoyed going through the artmarketblog.
    A lot of interesting topics.

  5. Nick,

    A fantastic and very interesting site, that has recently been listed as a resource for the Aboriginal Art Directory at: Art Market Blog.

    All the best,

    The Aboriginal Art Directory Team

  6. Hi Nick. I am starting a global review of art market at auction. One of my widgets made me come to your excellent site. Second time I come here, because when just starting two monthes ago I was so lucky to find your very useful list of The Top Ten Art Price Indexes and Databases. Now I mostly use the eleventh : the totally free http://www.artvalue.com. I linked your site.
    Best regards, Pierre. (Dec 2, 2007)

  7. Thanks for the comment pierre

  8. I keep thinking you will run out of interesting topics and great information, however, you just keep getting better and better. I love your site.

  9. Thanks for the comment Caroline 😉

  10. Hi Nick. Congratulations on your site. The best I’ve seen on the subject. Linked your site. Saludos from Chile.

  11. Fantastic….We Co-oPepys Community arts project based in deptford – London would like to keep in contact.
    Dalva Oliveira James

  12. […] About the Author The Art Market Blog is owned by art market analyst, journalist, art consultant and all round art market guru Nicholas Forrest who is based in Sydney, Australia. The Art Market Blog has been created as a hub for information and advice on art investment for all levels of investors. Nicholas also writes the art column for the worlds best antiques and collectibles magazine ‘Antiques and Collectibles for Pleasure and Profit’ and contributes to many other publications. Nicholas is always keen to hear from anyone who has a project that relates to the art market that he may be interested in being involved with and is always open to offers. READ MORE […]

  13. Hi Nick,

    Great art content and info for the buyer and seller.

    Here’s my site which is a journal of my lifetime interest and acquisition of art.



    Mike Vines
    Fine Art at Home

  14. Dear Nick
    Sounds very exciting your concept. As a multi media artist studying at Sheffield Hallam University, UK on MA Contemporary Fine Art: Curating I feel that this type of networking on a global level is extremely impressive! I have worked for Liverpool Biennial before on numerous projects, as a secondary teacher for several years and as a professional artist for the last two, I will be entering your competition but in the mean time you and your fellow global artists might want to check the up and coming talent from the north in the UK. http://www.davidtcrawley.co.uk http://www.sheffieldhallamcuratorsforum.blogspot.com

  15. Bonjour de Tunisie.
    Very rich ! Très intéressant. J’ai placé un lien sur mon blog.
    A bientôt.

  16. Hey there. Just found the site and have bookmarked it straight away (do I need to reactivate my RSS reader? I guess I have to …).

    I’m just starting to collect contemporary art and am looking for useful resources. This looks like one. Thanks for putting all that effort in here. And thanks for letting us all make use of it.

    Will send you an invite for our platform in a minute. You’re very welcome!


  17. Hi.

    Thank you for inviting me.
    The paintings are on display downtown.
    May good fortune always be yours!


  18. مرحبا نيك اودالمشاركه في عرض اعمالي في معرض الفنون في سوق الفن بلوق وارجو التصال بي على الايميل اعلاه مع الشكر
    زهراء البغدادي

  19. Very astute.


  20. Nick,

    Great site, I am learning more and more. I would love to see more videos. Oct 27th video was very interesting and made me look at auctions in a new light.

  21. Nick, you are nothing but a 21st Century colonizer. Please keep your intellectual opinions about art made by “brown people” to yourself.


    The Brown Community

  22. Hi Nick!
    Just to say that I really appreciate what you do though I never get to follow everything. (e.g. I’m brown… 🙂 did we miss something?…
    I like your stlyle and your prose. Well founded, direct and simple!
    I’ll be back when you post something about your own collection!

    Bye now!



  23. P.S. – I thought I saw an article of you the other day featured at absolute arts… Take care! mjf

  24. Hi Nick,

    Just wanted to let you know how informative I have found your site. I am literally starting from the first page and working myself through every one of your informative blog posts.

    Thanks Again,


  25. Hi Nick,

    Came across your site while surfing tonight… awesome. Looking forward to working to creating some Australian cityscapes in the future!


  26. Red cheeky, art critic, art market analyst, art journalist, art guru, art everything, puh !

    How old are you lad?

    You look funny ! Do critic your self.. ! And wait for years to critic art .

  27. […] Art Market Blog, which is maintained by art critic, art market analyst, and  journalist Nicholas Forrest, provides an analysis of the art market and advice on art investment.The blog is a hub for […]

  28. Hey nick,
    I cant bleieve your my brother and look how famous and goodlooking you are. What can I say. Mum said you can come oer anytime. When you become rich and famouse shotty getting pics with you. Love ya xx

  29. Hi Nick,
    Interesting views on the auction house statistics!

    Although your focus seems to be on modern and contemporary art please feel free to contact me on any (auction) issues regarding Dutch and Flemish Old Masters. My company Bazuin & De Blécourt Fine Art Research will be happy to assist.
    Please visit our website on http://www.fineartresearch.nl.

    Will you be in Maastricht (Tefaf) next week ?

    Best regards from Amsterdam,


  30. Hi Nick,

    Thanks for your blog entries about the current art market that I found very informational.

    Would you mind checking out my artwork and commenting on it?


    Kind regards:


  31. Hi Friend, I like to share my thoughts and art work with you,may i have the oppertunity.

  32. Hi Nicholas,

    My name is Dan Loesch and I am writing from deviantART.com. I love your blog and feel that you’re filling a very important void. Kudos on your success.

    In case you haven’t heard of our art site, we are THE largest art community in the world and host over 80M artwork images and have a top 75 web traffic rank in Australia.

    If you’re readers are interested, please let them know that deviantART.com is soon to release a FREE online portfolio for all interested artists. We put months of development and research into it and hope that it becomes the new standard in the art world for sharing and reviewing work.

    If you would like more information, here is a ‘coming soon’ article that highlights our process for creating the tool.

    Feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns that you may have.

    Regards and happy writing!


  33. Hi Nick,
    First I wanted to congratulate you on such a great blog!!
    I just had a tech suggestion…I can’t seem to print the main article without having both side bars print as well. Maybe there should be a “print this page” option that excludes the side bars. If there is one, I can’t find it. Also, there doesn’t seem to be a click button to easily share this on FB for example. Although I have the “share this” button on my add-ons, this might be something to consider, that way your blog can easily travel places 🙂 Cheers, and continue the great work!!!

  34. Dear Nick,
    for your interesting writings written in a youthful style. The difficulty for most artists , whether newly graduated, or aging ( with years of experience behind them ). Is exposure, ( of a constructive kind ), marketing, ( if their creations are indeed marketable )… and lastly, recognition and respect, which usually follows on from the first two if the artist is fortunate enough to garner this happening.
    Aside from all that is cultivating a work/life balance that allows wholeness in a personal sense as well as having the means and time at ones disposal to actually produce the work without being overly concerned about living expenses, overheads and the day to day realities of being a paying living human adult in the western world of the 21st century.
    Yes, we hear the perennial trotting out of the high end, big name heavies in the industry,dealing in vastly inflated markets, all underpinned by extensive support systems & media wizards, (of which, Saatchi is an expert and prime example )… it is debateable whether the incredible gulf between the majority of strivers and aspirants in the field…can ever quite attain to this exclusivity of focus given the nature of the preclusion.
    It is also debateable whether or not it ultimately has much to do with art in the final analysis , considering that retrospectively , most of what is considered pertinent in the moment and in the whitehot spotlight of media hype and frenzied accolade in its time , is subsequently more often than not, downgraded, ignored, forgotten. Such are the fickle vagaries of Art criticism , promotion , pertinence and worth vis a vis social constructs and value systems in any age.
    thanks for writing, I will follow as best I can,
    Sincerely Fraser

  35. […] We like this young Australian style and ideas, so we felt the need to introduce him to you. Nicholas Forrest is an art market analyst, art critic and journalist based in Sydney, Australia. He is the founder of http://www.artmarketblog.com and writes on art and the art market for several different publications such as Antiques and Collectibles for Pleasure and Profit and the Saatchi Gallery magazine as well as for various different websites.  Since completing a BA (Art History and Criticism) degree in 2003, Nicholas has pursued a career in the art world with a specific focus on the art market and has previously worked as an art broker, gallery curator, exhibition assistant and copyright consultant. ________________READ ON. […]

  36. I have found all this most interesting and would like to introduce you all to my pictures.

    My ‘Painting With Light’ pictures make quite a statement!

    After many one-man exhibitions and much recognition my award winning pictures are only just available to purchase.

    For a lot more information please check out ‘Painting With Light’ at: –

    An invitation to join my Facebook fan page at: –

    With kindest regards

  37. my name is also nicholas forrest, congratulations

  38. Hi Nick,

    Your blog is so interesting and it ceeps in touch with art market.

    Would you mind checking out my website?


    Thank you.

  39. Nick,

    Please take a couple of minutes to check out this blog:

    “Urban Art” (http://justinsurbanart.wordpress.com/) is a blog that presents the work of 23 year old artist, Justin, from one of the roughest areas of West Baltimore.

    After overcoming the use of drugs and alcohol throughout his teenage years and a childhood surrounded by violence, Justin has taken control of his life as a young adult and assumed responsibility for creating a better future for himself and his family. Through his art, he expresses his own experiences and perspective of the neglected urban environment that he is all too familiar with.

    Read his inspiring story and view samples of Justin’s work at “Urban Art”. Thank You.


  40. Hi Nick,

    Thanks for inviting me to read your blog. I think is one of the best art blogs I’ve read in a long time! Congratulations!

  41. Hi Nick you really have a great site here. I am working on a piece of art that will sell for $1000.000 and advertising for buyers or investors is good news. And I am ready to place links on my web sites, I have lots to say the least.. thanks Mike

  42. Hi Nick!
    yhanks for sharing ll this information!! very interesting and good work!!

  43. Hi there Nick,

    I always love what you have to say about art young man. Your blog is always interesting. Keep up the good work.



  44. […] list of social networking sites for collectors, how could I not share?  Expertly rounded-up by Nicholas Forrest, an art market analyst, art critic, journalist and founder of Art Market Blog, I hope you choose […]

  45. Hello Nicholas, I’m new to your blog you’re a great writer with great info. I’m new to this art scene and if you ever have time please take a look at my work and tell me what you think? Keep up the good work. Have a Holiday Thanks. Rondle

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