Major art fairs aside, there are some great art galleries scattered around Singapore, featuring everything from highly coveted work by established painters, to exciting contemporary pieces by budding artists from Singapore as well as overseas. It’s all about knowing where to look, which takes a fair bit of research. Fortunately, though, we’ve done the research for you, creating this one-stop guide on where to buy art in Singapore.
Whether you’re an art aficionado searching for a new addition to your art collection, a moderate art lover looking to add some character to your living room, or a simple homemaker looking to fill the empty walls at home, we’ve got just the thing for you.
Art for the workplace
As one of the biggest providers of office art in Australia, it’s little wonder that Art Equity would have a presence in other countries as well, including London, Hong Kong and Singapore. Yet they remain true to their roots, continuing to represent some of Australia’s most exciting emerging and mid-career contemporary artists – on top of acclaimed international artists. That means those of us here in Singapore who really appreciate art by Australian artists now have easy access to their artwork. Art Equity is particularly useful to those who are serious in art investments. In addition, art gallery customises art portfolios for clients and for rental to the corporate sector, which helps clients generate income from their art in addition to the potential capital appreciation of the work over time.
One of the largest local art galleries in singapore
Seeing that we support local designers and retailers fervently, is it any wonder that we support local artists too? Arguably one of the biggest art galleries dedicated to local art, Chan Hampe Galleries promotes contemporary artists from Singapore through exhibitions and various art programmes for emerging and established artists. Some of their resident artists include Belinda Fox, Chankerk, Gian Wei, Jahan Loh, Mohammed Zulkarnean Othman (ZERO) and Vincent Leow. Their latest exhibition, New Energetic: Inverting the Process, features one of Singapore’s most promising contemporary artists, Ruben Pang curated by Loredana Pazzini-Paracciani.
Exclusive selection of artwork from british artists
Starting out as a sporting memorabilia shop, Icon Gallery eventually developed into a full-fledged art gallery, presenting music, sport and icon inspired art, along with autographed film and music tour posters, as well as books and other memorabilia. They work exclusively with a handful of British artists, including Tim Wakefield who captures unique soundwaves of iconic songs (some of which have been autographed by the original artists such as Abba, The Killers, Slash and Coldplay); pop artist Horace Panter; oil painter Paul Oz; and British artist Colin Brown.
Asian-inspired art prints
Specialised in high-end packaging design for over 15 years working for clients such as Crabtree & Evelyn, Fortnum & Mason’s and Marks & Spencer, designer Louise Hill shifted her focus towards the sights around Asia. Using a mixture of her own photography, illustration and patterns, vintage imagery, and photos of textiles she has collected through her travels around Asia, Louise Hill offers vibrant art prints to beautify your living spaces. The result is a delightful mix of detailed multi-layered digital printed artwork heavily focused o traditional Asian elements.
Dynamic and thought-provoking artwork
If you love dynamic, thought-provoking artworks in explosions of colour and emotion, Ode to Art is definitely one gallery not to be missed. One of the most prominent contemporary art galleries in Singapore, Ode to Art features both established and emerging names in the contemporary art scene. It’s here that you’ll find world-renowned artists such as Fernando Botero, Mauro Perucchetti, Qin Feng, Chen Wenling, Lee Jung Woong and Lim TzePeng. Ode to Art carries a wide variety of art mediums, including paintings sculptures, photography and installation pieces.
Works from art masters
A known name throughout the world, Opera Gallery has an outfit right smack in the middle of Orchard Road on the third floor of Ion Orchard. Known for their wide portfolio of works from Salvador Dali to Claude Monet, Opera Gallery’s local space certainly doesn’t disappoint. Their most recent exhibition, Dried Tear by Lita Cabellut is a powerful collection of paintings that address the connection between Eastern and Western cultures in evocative portraits of women against a dark and desolate, speckled backdrop. If you’re looking for an art master by the likes of Roy Lichtenstein or Pablo Picasso, your best bet is Opera Gallery.
Singapore’s heritage through textile art
203D Lavender Street Singapore 338763 | By Appointment only.
We’d all love a piece of Singapore rich heritage in our living space and Talking Textiles gives us just that. This interior design company tells Singapore’s stories through their textiles and artwork. Using silk-screen printing technique, you can ensure that each piece is unique and exclusive. Founder and designer Deborah McKellar’s textile artworks are characterised by their bold colours, layers of stitch, remnants of fabric, silk-screened images and printed patterns. Choose your preferred artwork or get a cushion cover or two to beautify the living room.
For those still unsure of which art gallery to head towards, you may want to check out some of Singapore’s art enclaves:
Galleries in colonial buildings
9 Lock Road, Singapore 108937. See individual galleries for opening hours.
Arguably one of Singapore’s most exciting art clusters, Gillman Barracks is situated at the former military camp named after a renowned British General during Singapore’s British colonial period. Now, the gorgeous colonial buildings play host to a myriad of art galleries featuring international artists, as well as a few great cafes and restaurants for you to stop by between checking out the different galleries.
Home to a selection of art galleries
140 Hill Street, Singapore 179369. See individual galleries for opening hours.
Not exactly an art enclave per se, the MICA building’s colourful window shutters and distinct colonial architecture is one of the most recognisable buildings in Singapore, and was once Singapore’s largest government building in the 1930s. Then, it served as a police station and barracks, but it is now home to Singapore’s Ministry of Communications and Information. On the first floor of the building, however, you’ll find a fine selection of art galleries such as Art-2 Gallery, Element Art Space, Y2ARTS Gallery and Tembusu Art Gallery, each of which are highly established in their own rights and actively participate in the various art fairs held in Singapore throughout the year.
Art housing project
Another art housing project by the National Arts Council, Telok Kurau Studios works as a home and studio for around 30 artists, where live and create art together in their designated spaces. They also have a small art gallery on the first floor of the old school building that is open to visitors.
Get up close and personal with local-based artists at Wessex Estate on Portsdown Road, a quiet little enclave of artists who have made the old colonial estate their home. Once a year, the artists collectively hold an art walk, inviting art lovers to take a stroll through the estate and visit the homes and studios of these artists, some of whom have been painting in Singapore for over 20 years.