Photography By CHICHI UBIÑA

The Collective and Fairfield County LOOK present the curators at The Collective.  The Collective is a group of exceptional dealers of both vintage and antique finds.  Visit their 13,000 sq.ft space located at 50 John Street in the antiques district of Stamford, CT.  Just south of I-95.


Name:  Adam Tamsky

Company Name:  Adam Tamsky Fine Art

Where are you from?  Where did you grow up?  I spent my childhood in West Hartford, CT.  After moving to the Boston area after college, I have lived in Southeastern CT for the past 30 years.

Describe your personal style:  My personal style is casual to a fault.  

When did you start collecting?  My wife and I started collecting 19th C American art in the 1980’s, and it was only a matter of time before I became an art dealer.

What might we find at your booth in The Collective?  The walls of my booth at the Collective are hung with Post- War abstract paintings and works on Paper.  I like to display period gold frames for re-framing artwork and for mirrors.  There is always an abundance of ceramic table lamps, iconic chairs, and side tables from the 1950’s and 60’s.  All of my inventory is selected for purity of design, quality of manufacture and, of course, condition.  I have always “curated” my own surroundings so it is no surprise that I delight in helping others find the things they love.

If you won the lottery, how would you go about enhancing your collection?  If I won the lottery I would buy one great painting…probably a Marsden Hartley or a watercolor by John Marin.

What are the pros and cons in your business that people don’t realize?  I think most people don’t realize how much effort goes into sourcing furniture and art, and making sure that every aspect is ready for the marketplace.  And of course, how many paintings and pieces of furniture are rejected in the hunt.  The items that I offer for sale are all things that I would want to live with myself, not just things that will earn a profit.