Art and photography lovers, we've shared our fave galleries, stores and online sources for picking up great, affordable pieces in Singapore.
Great art does not have to come at a hefty price. We’ve been shopping around Singapore and have let you in on the best spots to score affordable artworks from cool prints to photography and original pieces that will still make a statement (and act as a conversation starter) in your home…
From vintage shots for Vogue to cool city scenes, quirky compositions and mesmerising landscapes, we’ve fallen in love with so many pieces of photographic art here. LUMAS (pictured top) has been around for over 21 years and has 40 galleries worldwide showcasing more than 3,000 works. Some 250 artists are represented – established and up-and-coming – with signed pieces available for collectors and new works for those with a good eye for future collectibles. A 1964 George Cukor shot of Audrey Hepburn as Eliza Doolittle, for example, is $194. Check out some of our fave pieces from LUMAS, and heads up: there’s a Christmas sale on right now with up to 50% off selected pieces.
LUMAS Gallery, Paragon Orchard, #04-47, 290 Orchard Road, 238859, p. 6834 9535. Open Mon–Sun, 10.30AM-8.30PM
With the widest and largest range of premium art paintings and prints in Singapore, you’ll be hard pressed to leave the gallery empty-handed. Browse through works by over 20 experienced local and foreign artists, and admire the intricate pieces specialising in compositions of nature, modern, minimalist, landscape and feng shui art expressions. There’s plenty of room for customisation, so head to their online store and check in with their friendly art consultants. We were told that they can even superimpose the paintings onto your wall if you need a preview before making your purchase!
LivingwithArt Singapore, Flagship Gallery: #02-05 315 Outram Road, Singapore 169074. Open 11am to 7pm. Showroom: #03-20/21, 998 Toa Payoh North, Singapore 318993, p. 6917 6503. Open 10am to 7pm.
Grab a cuppa while admiring the quirky art in this gallery-slash-café situated in the Kampong Glam district. Local and international artists display their works in the cosy, no-frills space, and did we mention this spot is great for brunch too?
Artistry, 17 Jalan Pinang, Singapore 199149, p. 6298 2420. Open Tue-Sat 10am-11.30pm; Sun 10am-7pm. Closed on Mon.
Gallery & Co.
This painfully hip retail-art-F&B space is the brilliant work of & Co., consisting of local industry heavweights Loh Lik Peng of Unlisted Collection, Yah-Leng Yu and Arthur Chin of Foreign Policy Design, and Alwyn Chong of Luxasia. Spanning the entire frontage of the City Hall Wing on the ground floor of National Gallery, it offers some drool-worthy, well-designed products: amongst the books, design collectibles, and artisanal crafts, there are some damn good prints to bring home.
Gallery & Co., #01-05 National Gallery Singapore, Singapore 178957.
We love the laid-back, cool-cat vibe at Kult Gallery. Established in 2009, this urban street art gallery displays an eclectic range of art around Asia. You can pick up signed editions, original works, and other unconventional pieces (mostly priced below $1,000) which aim to tease, titillate, and make you do a double-take. In case you’re wondering, yes, this is where you’ll also find the hip nightlife spot, Kult Kafe.
Kult Gallery, Blk C2-5 Emily Hill, 11 Upper Wilkie Road, Singapore 228120, p. 63381066. Open Mon-Fri 12pm-7pm; Sat 2pm-7pm. Closed on Sun.
Vinci Arts Pte Ltd
Founded in 2009, Vinci Gallery aims to provide art collectors high-quality art in a more accessible manner and at a more affordable cost. With its extensive collection of diverse artworks from Southeast Asian and European artists, you’ll surely find an artwork that meets your taste, budget, as well as space (to store it). Not sure what’s good for you? Vinci Gallery also offers art consultancy to aid you in your decision-making process.
Vinci Arts Pte Ltd, #03-29 One Commonwealth, 1 Commonwealth Lane, Singapore 149544, p. 6100 1117. By appointment only.
Aside from providing delectable brunch menu that consists of offerings like the yoghurt berries trifle and eggs Florentine, SPRMRKT (yes, as its name implies) allows you to do your grocery shopping here too, and you can even get inspired with pop-up artist exhibitions that feature a curated selection of local and international artwork.
SPRMRKT, 2 locations at Callum Street & Robertson Quay.
Here at OnePiece Painting, you can browse through an in-store collection of more than 200 paintings across traditional, contemporary and pop genres. The surreal art pieces are particularly intriguing and those craving a floral touch for your living room can consider selecting from some colourful bouquets from the nature collection.
OnePiece Painting, 38 Ang Mo Kio Industrial Park 2 #03-77, Singapore 569511. p.9179 9318. By appointment only.
Chan + Hori Contemporary
Once known as Chan Hampe Galleries, they have since rebranded themselves and aim to promote Singapore and South East Asian art. You can explore exhibitions at the gallery or purchase art pieces from their online store. Artwork ranges from contemporary Chinese art to photography and even abstract sculpture.
Chan + Hori Contemporary, 6 Lock Road Gillman Barracks, #02-09, Singapore 108934. Open 11am to 7pm (Tues to Sun). Closed on Mon and Public Holidays.
Affordable Art Fair
Singapore’s biggest affordable art exhibition makes regular guest appearances throughout the year and it’s one of our fave events. Check out what we loved about the most recent edition, where we were treated to quality artworks from local, regional and international talents. Dates for 2018 are not yet released but watch this space…
Affordable Art Fair, F1 Pit Building, 1 Republic Boulevard, Singapore 038975, p. 6220 5682.
This specially curated collection of artworks – including wall prints, photo prints, and posters – celebrates all things local in a fun, colourful manner. From infographics describing different types of mooncakes and kueh, to images of quintessential Singapore estates by artist Lee Xin Li, we’re pretty certain you’ll cart out something faster than you can say “I’ll take this!”.
Naiise, 6 stores including The Cathay and Orchard Gateway.
Whether you’re looking for timeless functional furnishings or affordable decorative buys (including artworks!) for your home decor makeover, IKEA’s got them all. Spruce up your listless abode with a few affordable artsy collections from this Swedish furniture behemoth.
IKEA, 2 locations at Alexandra Road and Tampines North.
As a Swiss-owned design studio that is based in Singapore with a specialisation in Singapore-themed posters and prints, eck&art’s works often incorporate design trends such as unique typography and vintage travel themes. Check out the vintage travel posters, which feature iconic Singapore locations in vibrant colours, but if you’re more of a minimalist, the black-and-white SG architectural style prints will make a good addition to your living room.
eck&art designs, shop online.
From vintage prints to gorgeous cityscapes and whimsical decorative art, this massive online art resource has got it all. The website also stocks reproductions of famous painters like Picasso and Monet – at a fraction of the cost!
Art.com, shop online.
Offering a curated selection of Art from Asia’s best galleries and artists, this online art platform is where you can sate your thirst for Art from the comfort of your home. From photography and illustration to sculpture and mixed media, artworks on The Artling fall within the price range of a few hundreds to the thousands.
The Artling, shop online.
Art Loft Asia
Art Loft curates pieces by emerging artists in the Asian contemporary art scene. Shopping for art here is easy-peasy: just tick the box for “under $500” artworks and you can browse their affordable collection with ease. The store also has a section containing artwork sold for charity to help discover and mentor budding artists.
Art Loft Asia, shop online.
C+S Art Prints
Get your favourite quotes or a list of all your favourite travel destinations printed on canvas with a wooden frame – we’re sure it’ll be a great talking point during your dinner parties. Prices start from $270 onwards, and these customisable pieces will take two to three weeks to complete.
C+S Art Prints, shop online.
We can’t stop raving about this site – and for good reason. From wall art to iPhone cases, and even throw pillows, Society6 is an undisputed haven for quirky, offbeat products at prices that don’t break the bank. We’ve got our eye on the ultra adorable art prints from Nicole Moore and dreamy landscapes on canvas by Olivia Joy St.Claire.
Society6, shop online.
Founded by a bunch of art-loving fellas from Singapore, the site brings together a collection of art from various Asian artists in the form of art prints. From pop art-inspired works to 3D designs, these artworks will definitely make an eye-catching addition to your living room wall. Everything here is sold exclusively, so you know you won’t find them anywhere else.
The Bowerbirds, shop online.
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