We call the techniques and themes that unite our collection ‘IBEX Realism’.
The world has not seen this level of skill and this magnitude of works since the Renaissance. We even dare assert that our collection in fact bests the best of masters and works from that period, as is simply natural in a world where specialists—be they athletes, scientists, or artists—stand on the shoulders of the giants before them, jumping higher, digging deeper, and traveling further with each generation.
Founding collector and artist-at-heart Albrecht von Stetten, fellow collector and cross-cultural connector Kiki Kim, and collector and business consultant David Willson organically grew into the current team of equal owners and builders of the collection over time, with Kiki occasionally consulting, then formally joining Albrecht’s undertaking, and David offering his advice to them, and then being invited to join as a partner as well.
More than headhunters of important artists, they consider themselves farmers of artists, creating the sustaining conditions that enable these masters to bloom and bear fruit to their fullest potential.
The IBEX Collection is the largest active private collection of contemporary, figurative, super-realist paintings in the world.
Owned by three individuals with a passion for art and artists, the collection is composed of paintings by carefully selected master painters versed in the intricate art of capturing human micro-expressions and creating authentic and moving works of art that speak of human nature, the human condition, and human connection.
After reviewing thousands of artists and meeting with more than 400 of them all over the world, in March 2014 the IBEX Collectors offered the best 24 entry into the IBEX Masters Project.
We believe our art patronage model is unique in its depth, width, and length, as we offer our selected artists our deepest trust, wide artistic freedom, and long-lasting financial support, so they can truly devote themselves, for years if needed, to creating their grand personal masterpiece.
No deadlines or milestones. No monetary tit-for-tat. No artistic constraints with regard to subject matter. Once we have chosen our artists, and they have chosen us, we give them free rein.
For the first six months of the project we didn’t even ask, let alone see, what they were painting or otherwise doing to prepare for their painting. Now we do. We invite them to step out of their comfort zone, be it physically or conceptually, for instance by traveling with them to exhibitions and cultural experiences on the other side of the globe to be exposed to refreshing stimuli that may show on their canvas.
Never patronizing patrons, we’d like to call ourselves “matrons of the arts” to convey the level of care and support to bring out the best in the masters we’ve found and to which we have committed our resources, from funding to networks, to on-going concern.