Lara Tomaszewska, PhD, ISA


Openwork Art Advisory was founded by Dr. Lara Tomaszewska in 2012. Lara holds a PhD in art history from the University of British Columbia (2007) with specialization in 19th and 20th century art and culture in North America and Europe. Her main areas of expertise are Canadian art, European painting (including Impressionism and early abstraction), American modernism, pop art, and contemporary art and photography.

In addition to working in galleries and museums across Canada, including Guelph Civic Museum, Feheley Fine Arts in Toronto, North Vancouver Museum and Archives, and the Morris & Helen Belkin Gallery in Vancouver, Lara has presented her research throughout North America and the UK. She has been a guest lecturer at the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and was Lecturer in the Department of Gender Studies at the University of Victoria where she focused on historical and contemporary visual culture and representation.

Between 2015 and 2017, Lara resided in London, England where she led valuation projects for both private and public organizations in the UK and Europe. Lara has brokered private sales and led due diligence, provenance research, and transaction negotiation for sales of works by Henri Matisse, Jeff Koons, Edvard Munch, Pablo Picasso, Joan Mitchell, Josef Albers, Damien Hirst, Chris Ofili, and Antony Gormley. In addition to independent consulting, Lara has also worked collaboratively with the Henri Matisse Archives in Paris and the Barber Institute of Fine Arts at the University of Birmingham.

Lara was appointed to the Capital Regional District Arts Advisory Council in 2012 and again in 2017. She is a member of the Association of Art Historians, the Universities Art Association of Canada, and the International Society of Appraisers.

For more information, please view Lara's resumé.