Wanting something you’ll love to put on your walls? The journey to finding your perfect piece should be an enjoyable and rewarding experience. We spoke to both seasoned and first-time art buyers on how they found art in Singapore that was just what they were looking for.
Mohamed Rizk, American
“Our artworks are traditional Javanese architectural carvings from old kudus houses in Central Java. These areas were the centre for the spread of Islam in Java in the 15th and 16th centuries, with the teachings portrayed in the intricate designs and carvings.
We wanted to purchase artwork that represented the region, and some friends recommended Gallery 278 as a great place to find this. We worked with Felicia to identify a few pieces that work well with our blend of Western and Asian flair in our home.
There were three pieces that we absolutely love and which represent exactly that. This is our second art purchase in Singapore, and the pieces now sit proudly in our master bedroom and hallway. We have a long relationship with Felicia and Gallery 278. Felicia is very knowledgeable in art and interior design, and takes a lot of pride in her craft. She’s also very knowledgeable in Western and Asian decorating styles. We took advantage of her knowledge and experience to create a nice blend of furnishing, decorating and art within our home. We had a wonderful experience and continually rely on Felicia to add to and modify our home and art collection.”
Rebecca Bisset, British
“I love that there’s so much variety in colour and subject matter with P Gnana’s work that there’s something that will go with most home décor themes and personal tastes. However, there’s also a style that links or connects all his work that is very recognisable.
It’s difficult to recommend specific artists and artwork, because it’s all personal; but after all these years of having his art at home and in the office, it still makes me happy.
In all of Gnana’s work, there are two main themes: nature and love. I see his ‘cow’ series as being about the solid bond between humans and nature. And, with the ‘couples’ theme (shown here), each couple is so entwined it shows how close we should be when in love.”
Nadia Lilith, Australian
“We bought an original watercolour piece entitled Persevere by Singaporean artist Aaron Gan. It’s a 170x130cm abstract study of a lotus pond – a theme symbolising struggle and beauty rising from the marshes. We were introduced to Aaron’s work through Living with Art’s ‘Gallery 1819’ wing, which focuses on emerging Asian artists. His work jumped out at us for his modern take on traditional techniques and the profound artistic sensibility of each piece.
We’d been looking for a statement piece for our dining room for some time; through Living with Art, we were able to meet with Aaron in the gallery to view his pieces. Once we saw Persevere, we knew it was perfect for us not only for its beauty but also for its depth; it evokes a different response from everyone who sees it. I always see something new every time I look at it!
We’re really grateful to Living with Art for helping with our foray into buying art in Singapore – from the way they made suggestions to fit our budget and taste, to giving us a forum with the artist, and the professional delivery. Originally, we were concerned about the size of the piece and how it would fit on the wall. With a couple of snaps of our dining room, Living with Art was able to photo-impose the painting into the space so we could get a better visualisation. Their picture installers are also top notch!”
Barbara Noonan, Australian
“I love art, antiques and photography, and I’ve collected many items from the different countries I’ve been fortunate to live in. These are the first paintings I’ve bought in Singapore. They’re a set of two commissioned abstract mixed media works by Deborah McKellar, based on a vivid cobalt and silver water theme. Deborah uses a combination of silk screening, printed images, painting and stitched fabric remnants; the result is bold, unique and interesting.
Working with Deborah was fabulous – everything from the first email exchange to the final delivery of my art. I had originally seen one of her pieces at an exhibition at Emperor’s Attic last year, and it left an impression on me. While that piece had been sold, I visited Deborah’s studio – a delightful treasure trove – and we spent time looking at her art and discussing possibilities. I wanted an original piece, but Deborah was booked for several months with corporate commissions.
Then COVID-19 hit and we all went into lockdown! She later reached out to ask if I was still interested, as she had an available window. Of course, I said yes. The design process was all done via WhatsApp and email; it was very easy and efficient. Deborah is a gifted artist and a great listener, and she turns ideas and visions into beautiful pieces of art.”