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Kult Gallery
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The best places to buy art in Singapore

Scout the next big local artist or shop for affordable prints to adorn your home at these art shops and galleries – both online and offline

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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. 

We get it, those new to art collecting probably wouldn't want to splurge on their first few pieces. If you want to transcend out of 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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Kult Kafe
Kult Kafe

Kult Studio & Gallery

Art Galleries Rochor

Be prepared to forget everything you thought you knew about art. Perched atop Emily Hill, Kult Studio & Gallery is a refreshing studio space for “rebel creatives from all over the world”. Their originals by local artists are going for $200-$500. Need ideas? We love Capitalism and Artists by Hideyuki Katsumata, an artwork made of acrylic on skate deck and Mindscapes by Deepika Das ($300), an artwork on vinyl record inspired by 80s music (specifically Pink Floyd).

Project Postcard
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Project Postcard

Want to do good while buying art? Post it forward with Project Postcard, a collective endeavour by 15 former students from the School of the Arts (SOTA) to provide financial and emotional support to the migrant worker community. The initiative is held in partnership with the Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics (HOME), and all proceeds raised will go directly to supporting the various important projects undertaken by HOME. 

The artworks, each dreamt up by a different artist, showcase many aspects of life in Singapore and the migrant community in general. The price starts from $7 for three postcards. And if you can afford it, consider getting the full set for $27, which includes all 13 postcards. All funds go to immediate relief efforts such as providing daily essentials and necessities and emergency medical aid. 

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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 their 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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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.

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.

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Taksu
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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. 

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.

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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 y 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. 

 

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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