If you’re looking for something to make that awkward corner come alive, a memento of your time in Asia, or just something beautiful to look at every day, we’ve got you covered. We’ve rounded up our must visit contemporary galleries, studios and online galleries here in Singapore – don’t blame us if you find something you just can’t live without.
Style: Contemporary art from across Asia, with an emphasis on works from India.
Fiidaa Art Gallery, founded by Sangeeta Tibrewala in 2006, was born out of her passion for Asian and Indian art and a desire to make it accessible to more people. The name Fiidaa means to ‘be passionate about’ or ‘obsessed with’ which Sangeeta clearly is!
Fiidaa Art aims to make contemporary Asian art globally accessible to art lovers and investors by carefully curating works – by both masters and upcoming artists – and showcasing them in their online gallery. Sangeeta explains how she chooses the artists she exhibits: “I see an artist’s works. Then I wait to see if any magic happens. I get blown away by the colours, by the strokes, I hear the music beneath the layers. I evaluate his past works, is there a flow, does his or her identity show through the paintings?” They then work directly with the artist, ensuring that each piece is genuine and a certificate of authenticity is provided for each artwork purchased.
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Style: Drawing, painting and mixed media – glue paint, wire, stickers etc. – often of metropolis and urban lifestyles, characterised by vibrant colours, contrasting shapes and bold compositions.
Cécile Spirit – a French-Vietnamese, mostly self-taught contemporary artist – has been inspired over the years by a variety of architectural styles in her surroundings. She grew up in Brittany, France, and has lived in London, Shanghai and Singapore.
She now splits her time between Singapore – where she is heavily influenced and inspired by the cross-cultural worlds of life and the stunning Singapore skyline – and her home in Valbonne, South-Eastern France, where she continues to absorb the influences of her French heritage, integrating them into her latest creations. She also ties in the worlds of fashion, art and the entertainment industry – a winning combination indeed!
Her artwork has previously been exhibited in Shanghai at the esteemed Art+ Shanghai Gallery and is available for online viewings on her website.
Style: Bold, colourful South Indian contemporary art by masters and international artists.
Gnani Arts – a Tamil word pronounced ‘Niyani’, referring to one who is enlightened, spiritually or intellectually – is a Singapore-based contemporary art gallery and a leader in curating, researching and collecting South Indian art. It was founded in 2003 by leading Singaporean painter and sculptor P.Gnana and Vidhya Gnana Gouresan, a researcher and curator of contemporary art exhibitions.
Apart from curating its primary collection of art by masters and senior artists, the gallery takes pride in launching the careers of a number of emerging artists from Singapore and India. Their clients include the Singapore Art Museum of The National Heritage Board and numerous corporations and individuals.
Their upcoming exhibition, The Victory Icon: Contemporary Ganesha Art, will showcase a fresh collection of contemporary art with the Hindu god Ganesha as the core concept. 26 August to 1 September 2016 at the Visual Arts Centre.
Cabaleiro Atelier & Art School
Style: Contemporary, happy and colourful art, revolving around the principles of light, colour and positivity.
Singapore-based Brazilian artist Patricia Cabaleiro works and teaches abstract acrylic painting at her Wessex Estate studio. Her most recent project ‘The Power Within Us’ is similar to her ‘Meditation Series’ where each element/square/circle on the canvas is a reminder to slow down and breathe deeper. The new series is unique in that that each piece remains unfinished until purchased. The new owner then becomes part of the creation by painting the final two or three elements in the colours they choose. The final product is a personalised artwork with Patricia guiding the buyer at every step.
German expat Kathrin Schmiele (left in the picture above) co-created the piece she purchased, finishing it with circles in red and orange. Each circle she added has personal meaning for her; courage, mindfulness and joy become part of this special creative experience which she will take with her everywhere in the world.
Patricia has exhibited around the world and has vast experience in teaching abstract art. Her artwork can be viewed in her studio on weekdays, weekends and evenings. Contact 9620 4997 to arrange an appointment.
She holds small classes in abstract painting for three to seven students. Four classes of 2.5 hours cost $480 and include all materials for the first 2 months.
C+S ART PRINTS
Style: Personalised typographic canvas wall art, inspired by vintage tram and bus scrolls.
Looking for a bespoke gift for the person who has everything? You’ve just found it.
Online gallery C+S Art Prints create bespoke typographical pieces, customised to your unique design and specification – they take around three weeks to create – and can then be delivered worldwide.
Each canvas is individually designed with the names, places, dates and milestones that you provide. It’s super simple (and pretty addictive!) too:
- When you have the content ready – fill in the ‘Design my canvas’ page online.
- You’ll receive a confirmation email along with any questions about your content, once approved you’ll receive a design proof to make minor revisions to if required.
- Sit back and wait for your personalised piece to arrive in the mail!
The canvases are available in standard sizes, but if you have a specific space in mind, you can choose to customise by both colour and size too. They’re printed on museum grade cotton canvas and stretched on a hand-cut wooden frame in Singapore, Hong Kong, United States, United Kingdom and Australia.
Check out some of their vibrant canvasses to get some ideas before you get started!
Style: Cross cultural and multi-media contemporary art from emerging and established international and Asian artists.
Established in 2001 by former city worker Chris Churcher, REDSEA Gallery – one of the first contemporary art galleries in Singapore – initially started in a small shop house on River Valley Road before moving to its stunning 6,000 sq. ft. space in refurbished barracks at Dempsey Hill.
They’ve firmly cemented their reputation as a leading contemporary art platform with exhibits from major international stars of the art world through to long lasting relationships with local and regional artists who have literally walked in off the street. The gallery will be exhibiting select works at the upcoming Expo Malaysia and Korea International Art Fair both in October 2016 and the India Art Fair coming up in February 2017.
If you’re an art lover, subscribe to their mailing list to keep in-the-know about their upcoming exhibitions and events; next up is Salvador Dali& Pierre Argillet: Thirsty Years of Collaboration from 11 September – 5 October, followed by Australian painter Leigh Hewson-Bower from 8 to 31 October 2016 and Bangkok-based French sculptor Val from 10 Nov to 11 Dec 2016.