417 Home: When did you get interested in collecting art?
Angela Vincent: I grew up friends with a lot of artists. My mom had art group, and we went to the [Springfield] Art Museum regularly.
417: What was your first piece in your art collection?
A.V.: The first was The Moon, an oil painting by my childhood friend Brad Noble, and it just kind of blew up from there. I was in San Francisco with my husband and saw an Odd Nerdrum piece as we were walking by a gallery. I’m like, “Is that an Odd Nerdrum? I’ve never seen one in real life.” And it was, but it turned out they had a painting by his protégé, Lila Carlson. So the next best thing to having one of his was buying one of hers.
417: With your sales background, you’ve also represented artists like Noble and photographer Tom Stone. Do you have any favorite memories?
A.V.: Through my travels in San Francisco, I had fallen in love with these famous twins, Vivian and Marian Brown. They were these 80-, 90-year-old women who dressed to the nines—fur coats, cowboy hats—and they would always eat at Scala on Saturday night. And I tracked down Tom Stone and said, “Can you please get a picture of them for me?” So on my wall is my first photograph I ever bought, and from that I started repping him.
417: What kind of art do you prefer?
A.V.: I have a lot of photography, but I am most intrigued by figures. There are very few people, I believe, that do figures well. I think Brad [Noble] is one of the best out there.