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Whether you’re an art newbie looking to make your first foray into the world of art appreciation, or a connoisseur hunting down your next favourite masterpiece, there’s plenty of galleries, fairs and stores in Singapore you can hit up to get your artistic fix – you just need to know where to look. We suss out seven of the best galleries and fairs in Singapore where you can buy art.
For a curated selection of art by Asian contemporary artists, take your pick from the collection of artworks at The Artling. The Artling’s office and gallery at Amoy Street has an in-house selection of art you can browse through, but head to their online gallery for the full bevvy of masterpieces.
If you’re looking to get your hands on more than just paintings, The Artling’s online gallery also carries sculptures and mixed media works – your statement home décor centrepiece is just a few clicks away. Not sure what to get to beautify your space? The Artling will get you sorted with their interior design expertise and art consultancy services.
#04-00, 115 Amoy Street, Singapore 069935
A fan of Andy Warhol’s ‘Marilyn’ or ‘Campbell’s Soup Cans’? The gurus of all things modern art, Collectors Contemporary, might have just what you need.
The folks at Collectors Contemporary place a focus on the exhibition and sale of contemporary art pieces. Think big names such as Japanese artist Takashi Murakami, London-based duo STATIC and yes, the pioneer of pop art himself, Andy Warhol. In fact, Collectors Contemporary holds one of the largest collections of Warhol art in the region.
#01-21 Park House, 21 Orchard Boulevard, Singapore 248645
Posters inspired by cult classic films, illustration zines and statement t-shirts – these are just some of the urban art pieces you’ll find at Kult Gallery. The trendy gallery houses works by young street artists and illustrators from Singapore and the world over, and is one of the newest additions to the local art scene.
Shop here and bedeck your home with works that are synonymous with the unconventional, unpredictable and cutting-edge, most of which cost under SGD 1000.
11 Upper Wilkie Road, Block C2-5, Emily Hill, Singapore 228120
For art with an indie angle, head to Artistry. This intimate gallery-slash-café is tucked away in an old shophouse in the Kampong Glam district. There, culture vultures can find a range of photography, design and paintings by local artists – the perfect opportunity to #supportlocal.
Artistry aims to give up-and-coming artists a platform to showcase their works, often playing host to debut exhibitions as well as informational talks and events.
17 Jalan Pinang, Singapore 199149
Affordable Art Fair
If galleries aren’t quite your scene, head to Singapore’s biggest affordable art show. Held annually, the Affordable Art Fair is a good starting point for budding art enthusiasts, as it houses a wide range of art from over 86 galleries. The price range for artwork here starts from SGD 100 and goes up to a maximum of SGD 15,000, with most art pieces priced under SGD 7,500. Shoppers with a budget can check out the Under $1,000 Wall for artworks that won’t break the bank.
Affordable Art Fair takes place at the F1 Pit Building, 1 Republic Boulevard, Singapore 038975
For accessible art with Lion City flair, head to Naiise. Known for putting vintage Singaporean icons and uniquely local designs on art prints, canvas tote bags and even cutlery, Naiise has become a popular art and design retail option for the everyday Singaporean. Decorate your space with quirky art prints of kueh (bite-sized desserts), mooncakes and other quintessentially Singaporean illustrations, or wear your artistic tastes on your sleeve when you sport slogan t-shirts emblazoned with local inside jokes in a classically Naiise fashion.
Find Naiise at #02-02/24 Orchard Gateway, 277 Orchard Road, Singapore 238858 and #02-23 Central, 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, Singapore 059817
Gallery & Co.
After you’ve marvelled at the variety of collections in the National Gallery Singapore, exit through the gift shop in style at Gallery & Co. There, you’ll find art that you can actually take home. Gallery & Co. fuses art and design into a curated retail experience – among their products (all designed in-house) are pieces in theme with the National Gallery’s current exhibits.
Gallery & Co. also has a bookstore stocked with some great artsy reads. Delve into one of their books and sip on a cuppa while you lounge in their café space.
1 St. Andrew’s Road #01–05, Singapore 178957