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Knuckles & Notch
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The best places to buy art in Singapore

Now that we're all spending more time at home, infuse more character into your space with new pieces of art

By Dewi Nurjuwita
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Whether you're making your first foray into the world of art appreciation or a connoisseur scouting for unique yet affordable pieces, buying art can be an intimidating process. The first step would be to figure out your taste and budget. Then, you'll have to source for pieces that complement your interiors. And with galleries going online now, it's easier than ever to take your time and browse for artwork online. Now that we're spending more time at home, why not infuse more character into your space with new pieces of art? 

We get it, those new to art collecting probably wouldn't want to splurge on their first few pieces. If you want to transcend from your IKEA rut but can't afford an original Monet or Basquiat, we've got you sorted. We've rounded up the best studios and galleries that house bold works and aesthetically pleasing pieces all year round – and they don't cost you a whole month's pay. Here's where you can buy art – both online and offline – in the city. 

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Utterly Art Exhibition Space
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Utterly Art Exhibition Space

Art Chinatown

Utterly Art focuses on Singaporean and Southeast Asian artists. It is one of Singapore's most active art spaces, changing its exhibitions to highlight a wide spectrum of artists, sculptors, ceramists and photographers from Southeast Asia and beyond. Previous exhibitors include established artists such as Loh Jahan, Robert Freeman, Chng Seok Tin, and Ansel Adams. 

LivingwithArt
LivingwithArt

LivingwithArt

Art Galleries Tiong Bahru

Tucked in Tan Boon Liat Building, LivingwithArt has a wide range of premium art paintings and prints. You can find artworks of every style here, from vibrant paintings to black and white prints, if you prefer a monochromatic colour palette. Prices start from $144 for prints, and $800 for abstract art. The studio also has works from established Singaporean artists such as Amanda Lim, Andy Yong, and Pua Ann Chi. While its physical store is closed right now, you can still browse through artworks online

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Knuckles & Notch
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Knuckles & Notch

Art Galleries Rochor

If you love art with more striking colours and pop-culture references, the collection at Knuckles & Notch is something you would want to check out. The risograph publishing and print studio is known for its prints that utilise fluorescent colours and are affordable – especially when you're thinking of starting a collection. Shop prints and posters that pay homage to the movies of Wong Kar Wai, 80s Indonesian horror films, and fantastical and sultry scenarios involving Disney princesses. 

ArtWallSt
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ArtWallSt

Who says art can only be found in galleries or museums? ArtWallSt turns everyday spaces – such as shopping malls, coworking offices and even food halls – into exhibition spaces. You'll find works by local artists like The Next Famous Artist and Zul Othman (aka ZERO) peppering the walls of Funan and Shenton Food Hall. If you love an artwork and want to bring it home with you, simply scan the QR code to purchase it online. 

 

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Carré d'artistes
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Carre d'artistes Gallery

Art Galleries Orchard

A new art gallery has opened in the city – and it's located in the heart of Orchard. Carré d'artistes art gallery at Paragon Shopping Mall is the group's first outpost in Southeast Asia. The new gallery offers over 600 unique and original artworks in varied styles, mediums and sizes from a selection of 18 international and carefully curated artists.

The artworks are all placed in open display racks, similar to vinyl records in the record store – and customers can hold up and scrutinise the artwork closely. 

New art buyers who are not sure how art is priced can rejoice, as the unique and original art pieces available here are going at fixed prices, determined based on the size of works. The smallest pieces (13cmx13cm) start from $190. You are also free to browse the open display racks, handle and scrutinise artworks from up close, or even try it in different frames to help visualise how it will look in your home – an experience that is hard to come by in orthodox galleries. 

Arto Gallery

Art Galleries Tanjong Pagar

Collectors who know what they are looking for can turn to Arto Gallery and its intuitive app. Using an algorithm that creates a personalised list for users, it recommends pieces from its database of over 20,000 artworks and 65,000 artists based on tastes and preferences. Swipe left on images to pass or right to indicate if you’re digging a piece – sort of like Tinder but for the art world.

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The Artling
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The Artling

Art Galleries Tanjong Pagar

Originally a platform for former architect Talenia Phua-Gajardo to showcase the work of Singaporean photographers, The Artling has turned into a thriving online art gallery that houses everything from limited edition prints to mixed media works. Its highly-curated collections include a range of styles: figurative, abstract, surrealist and minimalist works Particularly captivating are the gallery’s new media offerings - like Shanghai-based collective Liu Dao’s teakwood frames that intricately combine LED displays with paper collages and Chinese papercut. There's also Firat Engin's psychedelic neon pieces.

Taksu
Photograph: Taksu Gallery Singapore

Taksu Gallery Singapore

Art Bukit Timah

Having been around for almost 20 years, Taksu Gallery is the go-to for discerning collectors. Featuring fine art with a distinctly urban edge from both fresh and renowned names, the gallery has amassed an impressive clientele, including top architectural firms, design agencies and museums. So you know you’re in good hands if you’re looking to spruce up your abode. Interior design and consultancy services are available as well. 

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Art Loft

Art Galleries Rochor

Set up in 2013, the Art Loft houses contemporary artworks from emerging regional artists. Here, you find the works of local artists such as Joanne Pang, gold and bronze medalist at the 2012 Singapore Design Awards and Dawn Ang, whose spellbinding illustrative works draw from themes of growth, space and memory. Visit the studio for a close-up look or buy online, where you can filter your search according to price range, theme, and region of origin.

Etsy
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Etsy

One of our favourite places to get art online is global online marketplace Etsy, which is basically a haven for independent art collectors. The artworks are shipped directly from the creator's home or studio, so you know you're not getting mass-produced pieces here. It's basically a Carousell for art. 

 

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Society6
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Society6

Source for chic artworks from independent artists from all over the world on this online marketplace. You can find everything from affordable art prints by fledging artists to stunning wood wall art for your feature wall. Recently, they've made it easier to buy prints by reducing international shipping rates. Shipping for a small art print to Singapore, for example, costs just $7 and takes about 8 to 16 business days to arrive. 

 

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