A proponent of young and affordable artists, Pwee Keng Hock has been running Utterly Art Space with business partner Kenneth Tan since 2002.
First and foremost an art collector, Pwee Keng Hock has been running Utterly Art Space with business partner Kenneth Tan since 2002. They first met while working on a website (now defunct) that sold art. A scientist by training, Keng Hock has been collecting middle-of-the-road contemporary art from all around the region, mainly South-East Asia, for two decades – purely for pleasure...
Posted - 11 Jan 2011
UPDATE: The folks at AAF have released the figures and… 9,500 people visited the fair with $1.75m in sales. Woot.
Meet the art collector of tomorrow.
Fang Ping’s a yoga instructor and she bought a painting (of “a lady holding a dove” – which we’ll have to take her word for because we didn’t really see it seeing as it was already wrapped) for $3,200. It’s her first time buying a piece of art.
Posted - 20 Nov 2010
The Affordable Art Fair is officially in town.
The venue, the F1 Pit Building (somewhat) near the Singapore Flyer, can be a bit hard to get to but I kinda liked the location (among other options were the Queenstown Prison and Tanglin Camp).
Plus, there’s apparently a shuttle service from Raffles City. Or you can take the Circle Line, get off at Promenade station and… walk. Or take a cab.
Posted - 18 Nov 2010
Art by Ai Wei Wei or Damien Hurst costs millions of dollars. Unaffordable?
That’s just what the organizers of The Affordable Art Fair (AAF) -- an annual contemporary art fair in eight major cities -- want to change. The fair sells art by artists and new talent of 60 galleries from 17 countries, at affordable prices of S$100 to S$10,000, with 75 percent of the works going for less than S$7,500. “Quality is not reflected in the price," says fair director Camilla Hewitson. "A print, a sculpture, a young artist’s work; all these factors can mean that their work is priced lower. But it does not mean that it has less quality than something with a larger price tag. This is what AAF helps to debunk: the myth that contemporary art has to be expensive.” Here are five Singaporean art galleries worth checking out.
Posted - 10 Nov 2010
Following on from London, Paris and New York, Singapore is about to host its first affordable art fair
Affordable art sounds like a misnomer nowadays, with the media regularly reporting on stories of the soaring prices of Asian art at auction houses. One might assume that buying a work of art from this part of the world, even if it’s created by a young artist, has become a pursuit now only restricted to the affluent.
Defying that perception is the inaugural Affordable Art Fair Singapore. Promoting the mindset that you don’t need to spend a fortune or be an expert to appreciate or buy beautiful artworks, the prices for all the pieces displayed are guaranteed to be under US$7,600.
Posted - 10 Nov 2010
ART galleries. They're a dime a dozen these days. Like Starbucks - just way more common...
For collectors and art lovers, it's a virtual visual feast. And for many of these galleries, it's time to have their day in the sun - beginning with Saturday's ART Singapore art fair, continuing with next month's inaugural Affordable Art Fair (Singapore), before exploding big-time in January with Art Stage Singapore.
That's all dandy, but how are our local galleries standing out in this ever-shrinking space? How does one survive the sheer competition? Five different galleries spill their secrets.
Posted - 05 Oct 2010
SINGAPORE — Twelve years ago, Francisco ‘Kiko’ Escora was already happy when a painting of his fetched P3,000 at an exhibit in Manila. But today Escora must be ecstatic; his works are being snapped up not only in his home country, where they now average P70,000 a piece, but also in places like Singapore, where Escora paintings are bought for S$4,000 each, or a cool hundred grand based on a P30:S$1 conversion.
Posted - 05 Feb 2008
There is a new wind blowing among savvy collectors of Asian contemporary art and it's pushing them towards young Filipino artists.
Posted - 15 Aug 2007
Education, gallery outreach and higher incomes drive growing interest in art collection.
Posted - 09 Feb 2006