James G. Finlay, ISA AM



James G. Finlay
ISA member since Aug 12, 2004

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Professional Profile



 James (Jim) Finlay holds degrees in Art and Art History, Fine Art (studio) and Art Education, a graduate diploma in Art History and an MA in Comparative Media Arts. He is an accredited member of the International Society of Appraisers, Fine Art Specialist (www.isa-appraisers.org). He has many years experience in the business of fine art appraisal and fine art wealth management and has performed IRS (Internal Revenue Service) Estate appraisals for the United States government as well as CCPERB (Canadian Cultural Export Property Review Board) appraisals for the Canadian government. His area of expertise includes antique and contemporary Canadian, American and International art works including oil and acrylic paintings, lithographs, etchings, drypoints, serigraphs, watercolours, drawings, photographs and sculpture. He is an author and educator and regularly contributes articles to various journals on such diverse topics as art authentication, art appraisal and fine art wealth management strategies.

Academic Background.

Master of Arts. (Comp. Media Arts) Simon Fraser University.

Graduate Diploma in Art History. University of British Columbia.

Bachelor of Education. (Art Education) University of British Columbia.

Honours Bachelor of Arts. (Fine Art Studio) McMaster University

Bachelor of Arts. (Art and Art History) McMaster University.

 Professional Background.

Principle. Finlay Fine Art Appraisals, Vancouver, B.C. 

 Professional Development.

International Society of Appraisers. 15Hr. Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice. 2020.

International Society of Appraisers. Requalification Course. 2017

Appraisers Association of America. 15 Hr. Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice. 2016.

International Society of Appraisers. 15 Hr. Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice. 2013.

International Society of Appraisers. Requalification Course. 2012

International Society of Appraisers. 7 Hr. Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice. 2012.

Appraisers Association of America. 15 Hr. Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice. 2008

International Society of Appraisers. Core Course in Appraisal Studies. 2005

Self-Employment and Entrepreneur Development Society. (SEEDS) HRDC 2005


International Society of Appraisers. Accredited Member. Fine Art Specialist.

Teacher Regulation Branch B.C. Ministry of Education.

Selected Corporate Clients.

Thw Windsor Community Museum.

The Audain Art Museum.

ALPAC Forest Products.

Grosvenor Canada.

GWL Realty Advisors.

Mitsubishi Canada.

Brookfield Asset Management.

Port Metro Vancouver.

Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery.

VGH and UBC Hospital Foundation.

The Anglican Church in Canada.

Coast Underwriters.

Vancouver Art Gallery.

Other Affiliations.

ISA. Toronto Chapter. Member.

Published Articles. Preview. The Gallery Guide.

The Case of the Olympic Posters. Nov/Dec/Jan 2016/2017

The Case of the Solitary Surrealist. Sept/Oct 2016.

The Case of the Recalcitrant Rembrandt. June/July/August 2106.

The Case of the Ambuigity of Authenticity. April/May 2016.

The Case of Margaret Keane's Big Eyed Boys. Feb/Mar 2016.

The Case of Clarence's Chateau Gaillard. Nov/Dec/Jan 2015/2016

The Case of Mary Most Holy Mother of Light. Nov/Dec/Jan 2014/2015

The Case of Leni and the Nuba. Sept/Oct 2014

The Case of The Seductive Souvenir, or Cruise Ship Art. June/July/August 2014.

The Case of The Irish Surrealist. April/May 2014.

The Case of The Developing Dali. Feb/Mar 2014.

The Case of Nano-D Technology. Nov/Dec/Jan 2013-14

The Case of Resale Royalties (Part 2). Sept/Oct 2013.

The Case of Resale Royalties (Part 1). Jun/Jul/Aug 2013.

The Case of Fritz Stehwien. Apr/May 2013.

The Case of Jasper Johns' Figure One. Feb/Mar 2013

Modest Museums and Grandiose Galleries. Nov/Dec/Jan 2012/2013

Who's Afraid of Canadian Landscape Art?  Sept/Oct 2012

The Wisham Fisherman. Jun/Jul/Aug 2012

The Idiosyncratic Signature and the Indecipherable Monogram. Apr/May 2012.

Debatable Donations. Feb/Mar 2012

The Long Tailed Monkey. Sept/Oct 2011.

Edgar Heap of Birds. June/July/August 2011

The Silent Song. Feb/March 2011

The Artist and the Art Aficionado.Feb/Mar 2011

The Privacy of the Publicity Photograph.Nov/Dec/Jan 2010/2011

The Prolific Painter and the Prodigious Potter. Portraits by Raymond McIntyre. Sept/Oct 2010

The Coy Cornelis Krieghoff. June/July/Aug 2010.

 The Political Portraitist. Alexander Roslin's Lady with the Veil. Feb/March 2010

The Reconsidered Revolution, Chagall's La Revolution. Nov/Dec/Jan 2009/10

The Anabiotic Abbey. Bolton Abbey by Archibald Wall. June/July/August 2009.

The Phoney Picasso. April/May 2009.

Setsuko Piroche. Feb/March 2009.

Forest Edge and Shoreline by Vern Simpson. Nov/Dec/Jan 2008/09.

The End of the Storm by Loren D. Adams. Sept/Oct 2008.

Under the Table by Thomas Anfield. April/May 2008.

Wylands Whales on Walls. Feb/March 2008.

Smart River by A. Y. Jackson. Nov/Dec/Jan 2007/08.

Red Fish with Blue Breasts by Leon Bellefleur. Sept/Oct 2007.

Shepherd in Skin Vest by C. de Visscher. June/July/August 2007.

Looe Pool by S. J. Lamorna Birch. April/May 2007.

Cammoldi. Jan/Feb/March. 2007.

The Monogram of Maurice Spira. Nov/Dec 2006.

Emily Carr watercolours. Sept/Oct 2006.

Christ on the Cross by Albrecht Durer. June/July/August 2006.

Centaure, faune et bacchante by Pablo Picasso. April/May 2006.

The Duchess of Devonshire after Thomas Gainsborough. Nov/Dec/Jan 2005/06.

A Portrait of Bertha Langerhorst attributed to Jan Sluijters. Sept/Oct 2005.

The Dodford Priory. June/July/August 2005.

A Portrait of Sir John Martin Harvey. April/May 2005.

The Spotlight. Magazine of the Arts Council of Surrey  2008.

Surrey, B.C. home of descendents of illustrious British Landscape Painter.

Professional Appraisers Information Exchange. ISA March 2006.

The Purloined Picasso.

Leave a Legacy. Van Net Newspapers. CAGP. Oct 2006.

A Legacy of Fine Art.

Unpublished Papers and Articles.

The Heffel Art Auction. Entrepreneuralism, National Identity and The Group of Seven. 2014

Peter Greenaway's The Draughtsman’s Contract: An Intermedial Analysis. 2014

The Topography of the Spiritual: The Space of Landscape as embodied in Gerhard Richter's Landscape near Hubbelrath. 2014

Ding Ho/Group of 7, I like Canada and Canada likes me: Nationhood, Identity and Nationalism. 2013

Theorizing The Appraisal of Fine Art: An auto-ethnographic approach. 2013

Re-claiming tradition: Smoke from Marianne Nicolson's fire. 2012

The Revival of Antiquity-Rethinking the Neo-Classical in Architecture. Why the 'Etruscan' in Robert Adam's Etruscan Room at Osterley Park in the mid 18th century? 2011.

The Landscape Envisioned: Discursive Text and Image.  2011

Modernity and the Topology of Recursivity in Millais' Christ in the House of His Parents.  2011.

Service d'ordinaire ; Luanne Martineau’s Lubber.From the Collection Unreal. Vancouver Art Gallery January 22 to September 5, 2011.

The Consequences of Hybridity. Man Ray, African Art and the Modernist Lens. 2010.

The Family Photo Album and the Archaeology of Traumatic Memory. 2010.

The argument and implications of Lacan's Mirror Theory and how some of those issues played a role in Early Modern Colonialism. 2009.

Parallel Itineraries and the Politics of Accommodation. Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun. To Live and Die on Your Colonialist Reservations. Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery.1995  2009.

Exhibition Reviews.

Our man in Havana. Recent work by Richard Wlordarczak. Havana Gallery, Vancouver. 2009.

Inheritance/Remnants. Recent paintings by Barry Cogswell, Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver, B.C. April 18 to May 7. 2007.

An Analysis of Trends in Prices Realized of Canadian Art sold on the Secondary market. 2002 to 2006. Dec 2006.

Referenced in Publications.

Artists in Canada. A Union List of Artist Files. National Gallery of Canada. 1999.

Performs Appraisals Of

  • Art - 19th Century
  • Art - 20th Century
  • Art - British
  • Art - Canadian
  • Art - European


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