At first glance, you might overlook this unexpected hideout as nothing more than a regular locksmith store at Golden Mile Tower. But what lies within is a collective store named Shrub – a haven for indie art prints, merchandise, and collectibles. Retaining much of the interior from its previous occupants, all kinds of creativity occupy the space, living up to its "Do-It-Yourself" approach that mirrors the spirit of its art zines and other merchandise. Doing away with retail conventions, Shrub invites people to freely explore, learn, and fully immerse themselves in the freedom of making and consuming art.
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.