Natalie Brady is an entrepreneur, art dealer and designer. She started her luxury art haus "Phoenix James Art Haus" when she was in her early 20s and has since then got to deal blue chip artwork to the world's biggest art collectors, galleries and museums. She has been selected to work with the boards of the museums in San Francisco advising them about acquiring artwork. She is the founder of the "Meet Your Maker" dinner series, which is a collaboration of artistry, gastronomy, beauty and philanthropy, combining all of your senses into an unforgettable dining experience. And then she has her own cruelty-free fashion company on top of it all.
Q: What's your background, and what are you working on?
My background started in street art, I worked closely with an artist in the arts district downtown LA after knowing very little about the art world. Coming from a fashion background I had the opportunity to be in the arts community socially which quickly turned from passion to company very quickly.
After working with primary market artists for some time I put on my first art show ‘Canto XIV’ in 2018 where I merged contemporary art with street art. The turn out being very unexpected launched me into a full time art dealer. Putting fashion on the back burner to really focus and grow in this industry.
For the last few years I have been working on expanding my reach, working with more dealers world wide along with galleries and growing my client base. I focused on networking as much as I could during a pandemic to insure coming out the other end a stronger more connected art dealer. My business strategy has fully changed into investment art coming out of the pandemic. With the dinner series and my other ventures I will only continue to grow a strong community.
Q: What motivated you to get started with "Phoenix James Art Haus"?
My main motivation behind starting Phoenix James Art Haus was to teach investors how to break into the art market and help diversify their assets, allocating funds into long term investment holds.
Working with emerging artists was always and will always be a passion of mine, growing up in a very artistic home I was always drawn to the art world, however once I grew in the industry I realized being an entrepreneur is so much more than artist relationships and so much more than selling art, its about growing a community. Shortly after starting Phoenix James Art Haus I started studying for my series 65 to become a registered investment advisor to then team up with hedge funds and higher net worth individuals to grow their portfolios.
Phoenix James Art Haus not only offers investment advice to collectors, we also have a dinner series called MYM. I started this series in 2019 after wanting to build a stronger community and teach more individuals about art and the importance of investment. MYM dinners are curated very specifically to give the guests a full sensory experience. The 5 course menu is paired with the art for sale during the evening, and of course paired with a wonderful wine or spirit. The chef, artist and spirit maker discuss the process while the courses are served, so you are Meeting Your Makers of the evening.
Q: What are your goals for the future?
Without giving too much away as it is currently in process, I will be launching a new company that will work side by side with Phoenix James Art Haus by the end of 2021 that will focus on streamlining the art world and how blue chip art is dealt.
Q: What are the biggest challenges you've faced so far?
Being a female in a male dominated industry has been my biggest challenge.
Q: What's your advice for female founders who are just starting out?
What if it turns out better than you expected?