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Why You Should Start Collecting Asian Art Right Now
Image Credit: Installation view of RIFTS: Thai contemporary artistic practices in transition, the 1980s – 2000s at BACC Bangkok Source: Timeout Magazine
In 2013, when Art Basel opened the doors of its first edition in Asia, the New York Times reported: “…this year, Hong Kong, once derided as a cultural desert, nabbed a prize coveted by cities across the region—serving as Art Basel’s only Asian outpost. The inaugural Art Basel Hong Kong, which opens to the public today, has drawn planeloads of collectors and gallery bigwigs from the West, lured here in part by the growing, glittery market”. The fact that the world’s most prestigious art fair had settled in Hong Kong was interpreted as a milestone in Asia’s art market race to success.
ART Basel Hong Kong, Source: Mousse Magazine
In the past decades, in addition to the western interest in Asian art, a young generation of Asian collectors have begun turning their attention to the regional art scene, with the intent of creating a new model of collecting. A full annual calendar of biennials, shows, and art fairs has increased the region’s international visibility and it boosted the self-confidence of buyers from countries other than China, such as Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, and Singapore to adventure into collecting Asian art.
Nevertheless, two decades is a very short time span for establishing a culture of collecting, therefore, much more art remains to be discovered and enjoyed, making the Asian Art Market one of the most exciting and promising art markets in the world.
Here are some reasons why you should start collecting Asian art right now:
THE CULTURAL COMPLEXITY AND DIVERSITY
A critical question that has preoccupied the scholars is ‘What is contemporary Asian art?’ Contemporary art from Asia is now seen in major international exhibitions around the world, but is there such a thing as contemporary Asian Art when Asia is inhabited by hundreds of ethnicities speaking thousands of languages and dialects and practicing all major religions of the world?
Art has been dramatically transformed by the late twentieth-century process of globalization. An extensive exchange between Europe and America on one side and Asia on the other side has led to the uniformity of the art practices across the globe - on the surface. Beneath the surface, contemporary Asian art cannot be removed from the context of tremendous political and economic changes in the region and from its history and cultural heritage, which is making it unique and adding layers of complexity.
After the independence of the Philippines (1946) the quest for cultural identity began. In the decades that followed, Filipino art has seen fast changes that revived the interest in indigenous and non-Hispanic culture and the break from the colonial past. After an intense modernist period (Jose Joya) dominated by abstract American aesthetics, avant-garde experiments followed (David Cortez Medalla) only to pave the way for conceptual art (Ray Albano and Roberto Chabet). When the social realist-dominated era under the regime of Ferdinand Marcos finally came to an end, artists started to look elsewhere for inspiration reviving an earlier interest in the indigenous communities (Imelda Cajipe Endaya). Currently, many contemporary artists are exploring topics such as mass migration and the socio-political situation.
Paytas 2013, Oscar Villamiel, Source: Artsy
Oscar Villamiel’s work highlights elements of poverty, consumerism, and religion in his country. During the 2013 Singapore Biennale, he exhibited a large-scale installation Payatas that featured thousands of salvaged doll heads and other items gathered for two-and-a-half years to remember the victims of a tragedy that took place in the Payatas, Quezon City, where a number of unaccounted scavengers died under the collapse of the land.
Ronald Ventura is another prominent contemporary Filipino artist known for his unique style and dynamic scenes combining realism, cartoons, and graffiti. Ventura's references range from science fiction, Western history, Asian mythology, Catholicism and popular comic book characters.
INDONESIA AND THAILAND
Super Jumbo, 2011, Heri Dono, Source: The New York Times
As the first Indonesian artist to break into the global art scene during the early 1990s, Heri Dono's work is highly appreciated for his use of traditional art forms such as Hindi literature, Wayang puppetry, Javanese metaphysics, recycling techniques and a wicked sense of humor. These creative practices express Dono’s commitment to social justice and his interest in revitalizing arts that are deeply rooted in Indonesian traditions.
Thai artist Piyarat Piyapongwiwat uses her art as a platform to give a voice to marginalized groups and to highlight the difficulties faced by artists in a military-run country like Thailand. The many other examples of the very complex art practice specific to contemporary Asian artists should determine any person with an interest in art to start a personal voyage of discovery and to build connections with the art produced in the region.
There has always been a direct relationship between the wealth of society and the art market since art collecting is the privilege of individuals having disposable income.
According to the World Wealth Report report, HNWI population in the Asia-Pacific region in 2020 was 6.9 million with a cumulated wealth of US$24 trillion, ranking second after North America, a year-on-year increase of 5.8% and 8.4%, respectively.
Furthermore, according to The World Economic Forum, in 2020, an estimated 2 billion Asians were members of the middle class and that number is set to increase to 3.5 billion by 2030. In comparison, middle-class membership in the Americas is expected to hit 689 million in 2030, currently counting 647 million in 2020.
Asia is looking great in statistics, a strong reason for optimistic predictions for the art market in the near future. A growing middle class is a sign of economic health and it is expected to translate into increasing demand for art and further market appreciation for contemporary Asian artists, as can already be observed in the secondary art market. Major auction houses (Christie’s, Sotheby’s and Phillips) are hosting Contemporary Asian Art sales with great success.
Considering the affordability of the Asian art market, when compared to the established western nations, now is the ideal time to start collecting or expanding your collection of Asian contemporary art. Asian artists have been steadily making waves, and history, amid decades of growth. But despite seeing a positive trend, there are still many under-evaluated artists with an incontestable historical value. For example, Kazuo Shiraga’s paintings are sold for millions at auction, in comparison with other pioneer members of the Gutai movement being sold in the lower hundreds; the same could be said about the post-war generation of conceptual Filipino artists or the Indonesian and Thai contemporary artists.
10,000 Paintings I Must Paint Before I Die, 2009, Roberto Chabet, Source: Asia Art Archive
Having said this, there are many contemporary artists whose markets remain primary. The number of artists that had no exposure to the auction system makes up a substantial part of Asia’s emerging contemporary art landscape. Many Asian artists are successful in their country through their studios, local galleries, or cultural institutions, but haven’t yet had the opportunity to establish themselves on the international scene. Closing this gap is possible by enabling technology to connect artists and collectors. This comes as a big responsibility for art platforms and art marketplaces such as RtistiQ.
A FUNCTIONAL ART ECOSYSTEM
A growing Asian network of art institutions, art events, art academics and professionals is crucial in the effort of the self-determination of contemporary Asian art. To quote the director of one of the most ground-breaking art spaces, Para Site Hong Kong, Cosmin Costinas: “There are great efforts currently done to decolonize the world of art, from what is being said and by whom they are being said, to how we understand institutions and funding and the power structures that lie behind them.”
Growing an art infrastructure focused on Asian art is crucial for the art market to reach its potential. These institutions are playing a key role in researching, documenting, and recording artists, art movements, their interconnections, together with the socio-political and economical context from which they have emerged, ultimately validating artists independently from the Western art recognition system.
In the past decades, many blue-chip dealers (Pace Gallery, Gagosian, White Cube, and David Zwirner) have been setting up outposts in Asia, especially in Hong Kong but most importantly, many homegrown galleries have become internationally successful and are able to foster the careers of Asian artists.
The institutional scene has also come a long way with the opening of many private and public museums and art institutions: Hong Kong Museum of Art, Singapore Art Museum, MACAN Jakarta, Mori Art Museum Tokyo, soon to be open M+ Museum Hong Kong, Asia Art Archive Hong Kong, BACC Bangkok, MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum in Chiang Mai.
In normal times, a full art calendar of major art events is keeping the art enthusiasts busy for the entire year:
Gwangju Biennale (South Korea)
Busan Biennale (South Korea)
Bangkok Art Biennale Thailand
Shanghai Biennale China
Taipei Biennial Taiwan
Kochi-Muziris Biennale, India
Guangzhou Triennial, China
Art Basel Hong Kong
Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair
India Art Fair
Tokyo International Art Fair
Art Fair Philippines
Art Jakarta, Indonesia
Discover emerging Asian artists on RtistiQ and start collecting their art available in our latest curated collection ASIAN ART TO COLLECT.
Author: Floarea Baenziger
South East Asian Art Market Trends
South East Asian Art Market Trends Over The Past Decade Over the past ten years, the Southeast Asian art industry has blossomed and managed to carve a niche for itself in the ever-evolving world of fine arts. Factors like the uniqueness of the artwork, its place of origin or provenance, and its existing condition and quality continue to decide its value and worth in the ever-evolving art market. The rich and diverse culture of the artists of this region adds an undeniable appeal to the artistic creation and is, in a way, seen as a celebration of their roots and cultural heritage. Here, we explore some of the trends this sector has witnessed over the past decade. A Shift In Collector Preferences, To Include Contemporary Works Of Art Along With Traditional Creations The steady economic growth in the recent times has translated to a flourish in art appreciation, investment and therefore artistic creations. The increasing affluence and greater influence in matters of global politics and economics of this region, has played a part in the flush of contemporary art from this region. It is often seen as a platform to find a foot hold for region specific art, in the global art world and to showcase the new, modern face of Asia to the world. More than galleries or auction houses, it is the educated, well-heeled and wealthy collectors, who are driving this trend. The strength of contemporary art lies in its ability to highlight both local and global concerns, while remaining rooted to or influenced by a unique culture or heritage. A Shift In The Way Artists Approach Their Work The last few years has seen more artists use their art, as a voice to respond to the social and political tensions in their societies. Their art has captured the socio cultural and political landscape to create powerful works of art, while staying true to their roots.The previous few years has also seen artists experimenting with different medium, combining traditional art forms with contemporary expressions. The visual vocabulary created by these artists often reemphasize the fact that creative work can often act as a catalyst for positive change, while simultaneously managing to shine the spotlight on traditional artistic methods. The last ten years have also witnessed artists getting more attuned to market trends and collector preferences, while retaining their own artistic liberties, thereby creating pieces of art that have a global appeal. A Shift In Customer Engagement Channels These art markets have been garnering a lot of global attention in recent times. One of the main trends in this respect, witnessed over this time frame is the ease of visibility and accessibility of these art works for potential customers, through increased number of exhibitions, biennale, museums, and private patronage.What the South East Asian art market was lacking, was not talented artists, but a strong and internationally competitive art ecosystem, to showcase its plethora of fine arts. The past years have seen a dramatic change in this aspect, with Singapore emerging as a sort of cultural hub for art from this region and forming a veritable ecosystem, to showcase its delightful offerings. Art fairs are a major attraction for visitors and help hundreds of galleries, curators, artists and collectors to show, buy and sell the best of the regional art. These art fairs act as a channel to connect the artists and potential customers. A Shift In The Perspective, Where Art Is Seen As A Resilient Investment Option The recent years have seen a huge shift in the way collectors, mainly Asian collectors, view art as a solid investment choice. There is also a widespread notion that investing in South East Asian art, may offer a bargain for the collector, as they can get a quality art piece from a blue chip artist here, for a fraction of the cost when compared to established artists in the west. The rise of the tech savvy, globetrotting collector who values art not just in terms of monetary investments, but also in terms of its human and intellectual potential, has also been a major game changer. The relative stability of art in a volatile economic scenario, has also boosted its status as a solid investment option. The last few years have seen a dramatic change in the buying and selling of artwork from this region, releasing it from geographical constraints and making it globally diversified. This trend has in many ways buffered the risks, enabling the local art markets, to bounce back better after a recession. A Shift In The Customer Landscape To Include A Wider Range Of Customers, Who Understands The Value And Nuances Of The Artwork The past few years have seen a sizable increase in collectors who are young, well-traveled and social media savvy. They are better informed about the subtle nuances of the art creations and their value; money being a part of it, and not the whole. These collectors, in many cases millennial's, are a force to reckon with, driving gallery sales, aiding in museum developments, both public and private. The local art market’s strength lies in the face that most of its patrons hail from that region itself. This makes their collections more focused and often these collectors are well informed of the nuances of art, specific to that region.This time frame has seen a significant positive trend, with respect to elements such as individual buying capacity, development in cultural infrastructures, rise of art institutions and support services, to enhance the art markets. It has also witnessed favorable government regulatory climate, both within the region and internationally.These favorable trends will play a significant role in helping these regional specific markets find a foot hold in the global art markets. Author: Anupama Vijayakumar
10 Exciting Southeast Asian Artists Experimenting in Abstract Art
Abstract art has roots across many cultures, and the contemporary art scene is now filled with many artists working in the abstract from every region on Earth. Hence, the understanding of abstract art can vary among individuals with different backgrounds. Below, we’ve assembled 10 of the most exciting abstract artists from Southeast Asia. These artists represent a wide variety of aesthetic approaches and span multiple generations. What is clear from these artists is that Southeast Asia continues to produce some of the most exciting voices in the world of abstract art. No survey of the field is complete without their work. Vietnam 1. Ha Manh Thang (b. 1980) Cry For A Flag #2 (2020) [SOURCE] Ha Manh Thang is a Vietnamese artist who is working at the forefront of his culture. As tidal shifts continue to occur since Doi Moi — a series of reforms set forth in 1986 that have brought Western corporations and values into the country — he discusses these ongoing changes on the canvas. His abstract works are as much studies in texture as in color, using the paint to build forms that cast shadows and reach out from the surface. While his figurative pieces are often satirical confrontations with society, these newest experimentations give his work a more universal tone. Ha Manh Thang received a degree from Hanoi Fine Arts University in 2004, going on to participate in several notable regional and international exhibitions. He currently lives in Hanoi. 2. Tulip Duong (b. 1966) My Window (2018) [SOURCE] Tulip Duong revels in the fast paced, the things in the world that are coming into being. Her abstract art borders on representation, though it never quite coheres into a full image. Instead, the pieces hang in that liminal space just before fully materializing. Working from her Hanoi studio, Tulip Duong has shown work around the world, touching on global issues while still maintaining Vietnamese characteristics in her compositions. This riveting connection is held together by her singular voice. The centrality of her viewpoint runs throughout her oeuvre, even as her paintings continue to explore new horizons. Since 2000, Tulip Duong’s work has appeared in several group and solo shows, as well as publications. 3. Tran Tuan (b. 1961) Spring (2012) [SOURCE] Vietnamese artist Tran Tuan’s career covers many different forms and approaches, but all of his work stands out as vivid, colorful and energetic studies. These paintings are alive with bold, heavy brushstrokes stitched together in unexpected ways. His abstract work takes a maximalist approach, every inch of his canvases are alive and urgent. He manages these brilliant palettes through an almost athletic vigor. The overwhelming images deliver the viewer over to a world entirely its own, one built out of dazzling color and intricate brushwork. Tran Tuan’s work appears in private collections throughout Europe, North America and Australia. He received his degree from Fine Art University of Hanoi in 1990. Indonesia 4. Christine Ay Tjoe (b. 1973) Large Space of Shoots #2 (2020) [SOURCE] Chrstine Ay Tjoe is an Indonesian artist who restlessly seeks out the depths of the human condition. Her work spans many mediums, including: intaglio prints, textiles, painting, drawing, sculpture and large-scale installations. Her abstract paintings carry on the mission of her entire career, evoking the power — and darkness — in subjective experience. These works are splashes of complex forms on white canvas, both cryptic and beautiful. While an initial glance might only find confusion, a closer look reveals intricate control and detail work. These are intricately crafted pieces, with forms that seem to arise spontaneously out of the amorphous composition. Christine Ay Tjoe works in Bandung, her hometown. Her work has appeared around the world. 5. Erizal As (b. 1979) Formless Existence (2019) [SOURCE] Erizal As creates rhythmic, almost musical abstract works. His muscular brushstrokes and use of heavy layers of paint create crowded canvases that deliver up an excessive bounty. In all that excess is patterning akin to syncopation, a tension between the expectation of the viewer and where the art ultimately takes them. His work deals in real subject matter, but it handles scenes and portraiture in an entirely abstract way. This approach delivers an experience very rare in abstract painting, again testing expectations. His work often takes on themes like authenticity, or the lack of it, often with a critical eye toward society and power. Erizal As received his education at the Indonesian Institute of Fine Art. His selected group and solo exhibitions have appeared across Southeast Asia. 6. Rinaldi Syam (b. 1976) Landscape Color (2019) [SOURCE] Rinaldi Syam is a painter and sculptor working out of Indonesia. His abstract paintings are filled with sumptuous forms in a kind of collage, quilted together in rough edged regions. The soft texture draws the eye in, and the complex composition keeps the viewer there to decode what they have found. His work sometimes moves from the abstract to the surreal, but always with hallucinatory grandeur and a deeply felt sense of beauty. While his canvas sometimes overflows with detail, there is a gentleness to his technique, always rendering forms with reverence. That care and tenderness seeps out when looking at his paintings, a calming force that quietsthe space. Rinaldi Syam lives and works in Yogyakarta. His work has won several awards in both Indonesia and Japan. Thailand: 7. Nim Kruasaeng (b. 1974) [SOURCE] Nim Kruasaeng’s paintings are simple, elegant observations. Their presence is unassuming and yet captivating. They gradually make their way through to the viewer, never demanding attention but always earning it — the way you lean in when someone whispers. The pieces often rely on rhythm and a palette of only two or three colors. Her ability to get the most out of these pared down elements reveals the mastery of the artist and her guiding obsessions: the relation between bodies in space, the pleasure of a perfect line, the ability to say more with suggestion than direct description. It is through thesegrounding ideas that her delicate and meditative work flows. Nim Kruaseng is a self-taught artist who found recognition in the 1990’s from peers in the Thai art scene. She currently lives and works in both Bangkok and Pattaya. 8. Udomsak Krisanamis (b. 1966) Your Disco Needs You (2001) [SOURCE] Udomsak Krisanamis has built a career out of conceptually rigorous paintings that continue to develop a single line of thought. Through the integration of mixed-media on his canvas — including cellophane, noodles, newspaper, among other items — he builds pieces that combine strict formalism with exploration at the borders of these self-imposedlimits. The diversity born out of this single project is sweeping, though always anchored by his trademark style. The longer one takes in his work, the more one gets into the headspace of its creator. It is a journey into an uncompromising artistic vision that continues to remake the world. Udomsak Krisanamis currently lives and works in Bangkok. He received his education at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok and the Art Institute of Chicago. His solo and group exhibitions have shown internationally. Singapore: 9. Genevieve Chua (b. 1984) EdgeControl #21, More True Than False (2017) [SOURCE] Genevieve Chua makes abstract work that seeks to evoke natural forms while always inserting visual reference from technological artifacts like the glitch. She aggressively explores beyond the expected presentation of painting, pushing the uneasy mix of the natural and the digital even further. Her work often breaks out of the traditional canvas, exploring unique objects to introduce abstract painting. She incorporates shaped canvases that come together to produce a kind of deconstructed canvas for her to explore. She also integrates printing methods to ground her painting, like screen prints and giclée prints. Genevieve Chua received her education at the Royal College of Art in London. Her solo exhibitions have spanned Asia, with group exhibitions around the world. 10. Jamie Tan (b. 1990) IntoxicatedCalls (2018) [SOURCE] Jamie Tan takes color field into the next century with a unique take on the genre that is informed as much by the structure of computer displays as the career of Rothko. Rather than taking off into highly conceptual detours, his work keeps returning to color. The paintings use a sophisticated understanding of that single tool and continue to reimagine how to present it. The clean lines and interlaced patterns of color strips that define Jamie Tan’s work produce energy and movement through their interaction. But these pieces are not just practices in color theory. They also serve as a link in the discussion begun by color field painters from the century past with the current visual landscape of contemporary society. Jamie Tan earned a degree in Fine Arts from Lasalle College of the Arts in 2017. His first solo show debuted in 2019 Inspired by the artists? Shop abstract art on RtistiQ Art Marketplace. Enjoy 7 Day Delivery & 14 Day Return policy for all users today. Author: Jonathan M Clark
All About Graffiti Art and Art Brut
In the urban landscape, vibrant forms of artistic expression emerge, challenging conventional notions of art and engaging with communities in unconventional ways. Two distinctive art forms that have garnered attention for their rawness and unfiltered creativity are graffiti art and Art Brut. Some of the most notorious names of contemporary art come from the world of graffiti. And while formal training and historic institutions still hold a massive presence in the art world, we are seeing more and more outsiders storm the gates and break through to become major names. That’s why we put together this guide to understand the types of graffiti art and art brut better. With this new knowledge, you’ll be able to better appreciate this diverse and dynamic realm of creative expression. What is Graffiti Art? Graffiti is a kind of art brut. It is any drawing or writing made on a surface, typically in public view. Graffiti itself is about as old as humanity. But beginning in the 1980s, graffiti began to be shown in fine art institutions, like galleries and museums. With the inclusion of many major graffiti artists into the formal art world, the lines have become more and more blurred. Graffiti art now refers to a thriving genre of art that uses the styles and techniques of street graffiti, but with finished products that are meant for more traditional art spaces. Some of the most well known artists of the last fifty years are graffiti artists, including the late Jean-Michel Basquiat. What’s the difference between graffiti and street art? The terms "graffiti" and "street art" are often used interchangeably, but they do have distinct characteristics that set them apart: Graffiti artists, like the famous Banksy, create and present their art in public spaces. Frequently, their art is not sanctioned by the owners of the property that the art is painted on. For this reason, graffiti art typically are revolutionary or otherwise transgressive themes. While graffiti can be seen as a subset of street art, the key difference lies in the legality and intent behind the creations. Graffiti is often associated with unauthorized markings and can be viewed as an act of rebellion or vandalism, whereas street art is generally more accepted and embraced by communities as a form of public art. However, it's worth noting that the line between graffiti and street art can be blurred, and there are artists who bridge both realms, incorporating elements of graffiti within their street art pieces. Ultimately, both graffiti and street art play vital roles in shaping the visual landscape of cities, sparking conversations, and challenging societal norms through artistic expression in public spaces. If you are still confused, see this helpful guide: Graffiti art is often associated with illicit, unauthorized markings made on public spaces using various tools like spray paint, markers, or etching tools. Historically, graffiti has been associated with acts of vandalism and considered a form of public defacement. Street art, on the other hand, encompasses a broader range of artistic expressions in public spaces. Street artists often create their works with the permission of property owners or as part of organized initiatives to beautify urban environments. Street art is typically more intricate, visually elaborate, and conceptually driven compared to traditional graffiti. How Graffiti Art Started Graffiti art began as street art, and people often use the words graffiti and street art interchangeably. But a few New York City gallerists in the 1980s saw graffiti as a blooming world of creative expression. And soon, they were exhibiting the work of graffiti artists. A particular hotbed was the East Village in Manhattan. Fun Gallery and Now Gallery helped lead the way in presenting graffiti art in a new light. By placing the work by these outsider artists in the context of a gallery, audiences began to appreciate the art on a deeper level. Artists like Keith Haring, Crash, Lady Pink, and Jean-Michel Basquiat became major names in the art world. They inspired new generations of graffiti artists to pursue the style — as street art, gallery exhibits, or both. Today, major corporations have hired graffiti artists to promote products . Major auction houses sell graffiti art. And you can buy graffiti art at countless galleries around the world. Famous Graffiti Paintings Curious to see some great graffiti art? We’ve put together a few of the most impressive and noteworthy examples. Untitled Skull (1982) by Jean-Michel Basquiat Copyright Jean-Michel Basquiat This painting is legendary not only as part of Basquiat’s skull series, but also because of the major headlines it made in 2017. It was that year that Sotheby’s New York sold it for a staggering $110.5 million dollars, blowing past its $57 million estimate. Ignorance = Fear (1989) by Keith Haring Copyright Keith Haring Foundation This work epitomized Haring’s use of art as a tool to raise political consciousness. As a gay activist, the AIDS epidemic was central to much of Haring’s work in the 1980s. This painting united his powerful pop and graffiti hybrid style to deliver an important message. The Breakdown Comes (1983) by Lady Pink Copyright Lady Pink This masterpiece of graffiti art by Lady Pink reveals the deep anxieties of the middle class in 1980s New York City as an empowering fantasy of the downtrodden in the same time and place. The vitality and playfulness of the artwork helps the complex themes go down enjoyably. Graffiti art is such an exciting realm of the art world. Now a few generations into its acceptance into the establishment, it still continues to push boundaries and grab our attention. Now that you know a little more about it, you can shop graffiti art from this fascinating genre that RtistiQ has put together for you to explore. What is Art Brut? Art brut is a term coined by French artist Jean Dubuffet in the 1940s, literally meaning raw art. Dubuffet used the term to describe the realm of artwork made outside of the formal and academic art world. Sometimes called outsider art, artbrut contains a broad spectrum of work. The term is often used with a bias toward Western art circles. For instance, artists in hunter gatherer tribes might be highly trained and create pieces inside a well codified tradition, but their work might still be considered art brut to some critics—so a reader has to consider who is using the term and how. Art Brut artists typically have no formal artistic training and often face societal marginalization or live with mental health challenges. Their works are characterized by their authenticity, unconventionality, and a lack of adherence to traditional artistic norms. Art Brut encompasses a wide range of styles and techniques. Artists often work with unconventional materials and mediums, using found objects, discarded materials, or natural elements. Their creations are deeply personal and reflect their individual experiences, inner worlds, and unique perspectives. Art Brut has provided a platform for artists who have been marginalized or overlooked by the art establishment. Figures such as Adolf Wölfli, Henry Darger, and Martín Ramírez have gained recognition posthumously for their extraordinary bodies of work. Art Brut challenges the boundaries of what is considered "art" and questions the prevailing criteria for artistic validation. Famous Art Brut Paintings Many Art Brut artists remain relatively unknown, with their works often discovered posthumously. However, there are a few notable Art Brut paintings that have gained recognition and influenced the art world. Here are a few examples: Adolf Wölfli's crazy controversial Art: Adolf Wölfli, a Swiss artist and psychiatric patient, produced an extensive body of work during his confinement. His intricate and highly detailed drawings depict fantastical landscapes, intricate patterns, and narratives from his own imaginary world. Prisoner Drawings is a series of densely packed compositions that reveal Wölfli's creative vision and psychological complexity. "Götter [gods]" by August Walla: August Walla, an Austrian artist with schizophrenia, created a range of powerful and expressive artworks. "Mystery Train" by Martín Ramírez: Martín Ramírez, a Mexican-American artist, created intricate drawings while institutionalized in psychiatric hospitals. His works often feature repetitive lines and motifs, including trains, figures, and animals. Conclusion: Graffiti art and Art Brut are two distinct forms of artistic expression that have captivated audiences with their rawness, authenticity, and unconventional approaches. Graffiti art, born from underground subcultures, challenges social norms and transforms the urban landscape into a vibrant visual tapestry. Art Brut, created by self-taught artists, provides a platform for marginalized voices and challenges established artistic conventions. Together, these art forms exemplify the power of artistic expression to transcend boundaries, spark dialogue, and redefine the notion of what art can be in our complex and diverse world. Check out the Graffiti and Art Brut Collection on RtistiQ to explore some of magnificent works in recent times.
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Art Investing Made Easy: How to Choose and Buy Paintings for Sale in Singapore
Are you fascinated by art and looking to invest in this timeless form of expression? Look no further! In this guide, we will take you through the exciting world of art investing and provide you with valuable tips on how to choose and buy paintings for sale in Singapore. With its booming art scene and diverse range of artwork available, Singapore has become a sought-after destination for art enthusiasts and investors alike. Whether you're a seasoned collector or a novice in the art market, we've got you covered. From understanding the different art styles and techniques to identifying promising investment opportunities, we will equip you with the knowledge and skills to make informed decisions. Get ready to embark on a journey of aesthetic appreciation and financial growth as we demystify the process of art investing and help you build a stunning art collection that not only captivates your soul but also enhances your portfolio. The Benefits of Investing in Art Investing in art offers a multitude of benefits that extend beyond purely financial gains. Unlike stocks or bonds, art is a tangible asset that can provide aesthetic pleasure and emotional connection. Additionally, art has historically proven to be a stable and resilient investment, often remaining unaffected by market fluctuations. In times of economic uncertainty, art can act as a safe haven for investors, preserving and even increasing its value. Furthermore, investing in art allows individuals to support and nurture the artistic community, contributing to the cultural enrichment of society. As an art investor, you have the opportunity to be a patron of the arts and promote the work of talented artists. Whether you're seeking financial diversification, personal enjoyment, or a combination of both, art investing can offer a rewarding and fulfilling experience. Art Market Trends in Singapore Singapore's art market has experienced significant growth in recent years, attracting both local and international collectors. The city-state has positioned itself as a hub for art and culture in Southeast Asia, hosting numerous art fairs, exhibitions, and galleries. Singapore's strategic location, strong economy, and supportive government policies have contributed to the flourishing art scene. Notable art events like the Singapore Art Week and ART SG (inaugural event in 2023) have further elevated the city's status as a vibrant art destination. In terms of market trends, contemporary art remains highly sought after, with a focus on works by emerging artists from Singapore and the region. Traditional and modern art from Southeast Asia also enjoy a strong market presence. As the demand for art continues to grow, Singapore offers a fertile ground for art investors to explore and discover promising opportunities. Factors to Consider When Choosing Paintings for Investment Before diving into the world of art investing, it's essential to consider several key factors that can influence the success of your investment. One crucial aspect is the artist's reputation and track record. Established artists with a solid body of work and a history of successful exhibitions are generally considered safer investment choices. However, investing in emerging artists can also yield significant returns if their work shows promise and potential. Another factor to consider is the condition of the artwork. Paintings in good condition with minimal damage or restoration tend to hold their value better over time. Additionally, the rarity and scarcity of a painting can play a crucial role in its investment potential. Limited edition prints, unique compositions, or artworks from a particular period can command higher prices in the market. Lastly, it's important to consider your personal taste and connection to the artwork. Investing in art that resonates with you on an emotional and intellectual level can enhance your overall experience and satisfaction as an art investor. Chen Wen Hsi’s Flowers and Birds Researching and Evaluating Artwork Thorough research and evaluation are essential when considering an art investment. Start by familiarizing yourself with different art styles, movements, and techniques. This knowledge will enable you to appreciate and understand artworks more deeply. Attend art exhibitions, visit galleries, and immerse yourself in the art community to gain insights into current artistic trends and developments. Additionally, take advantage of online resources and art databases to research artists, their past sales records, and the trajectory of their careers. Analyze the price history of similar artworks to gauge their potential value appreciation. When evaluating a specific artwork, consider factors such as the artist's reputation, the quality of the piece, its provenance, and any relevant art historical context. Consulting with art experts, curators, and advisors can also provide valuable guidance and expertise in the art evaluation process. Determining the Value of a Painting Determining the value of a painting is a complex process that involves various factors. While there is no foolproof method, several key elements can help assess the potential value of an artwork. The reputation and stature of the artist are fundamental, as artworks by renowned artists tend to command higher prices. The condition of the painting, including factors such as its age, preservation, and restoration history, can significantly impact its value. Rarity and scarcity also play a role, as paintings that are unique or part of a limited edition series often have higher market value. The size and scale of the artwork can also influence its price, with larger pieces generally commanding higher prices. Additionally, the demand for a particular artist's work and the current market trends can affect the value of a painting. Art auction results, gallery sales, and expert opinions can provide valuable insights into the value of a painting, but ultimately, the market dictates its worth. Where to Buy Paintings in Singapore Singapore offers a plethora of options for art enthusiasts and investors looking to buy paintings. The city boasts an impressive array of art galleries, both established and emerging, showcasing diverse artworks from local and international artists. Visiting galleries allows you to view artworks up close, engage with gallery owners, and seek expert advice on your art investment journey. Art fairs and exhibitions are also excellent opportunities to explore a wide range of artworks and discover new talents. The Affordable Art Fair and Art Stage Singapore are popular events that attract art lovers and collectors from around the world. Online platforms and marketplaces have also gained popularity, providing convenient access to a vast selection of artworks. Websites like Artsy and RtistiQ offer a curated collection of artworks, allowing you to browse, inquire, and purchase art from the comfort of your home. Whichever avenue you choose, remember to exercise due diligence, verify the authenticity of the artwork, and negotiate the best possible price. Tips for Buying Paintings at Auctions Art auctions can be exhilarating and offer an opportunity to acquire valuable artworks. However, they can also be intimidating for first-time buyers. Here are some tips to navigate the auction process successfully: Do Your Research: Familiarize yourself with the auction house, the artworks on offer, and their estimated prices. Attend preview events to view the artworks in person and seek advice from experts if needed. Set a Budget: Determine your maximum bidding limit and stick to it. It's easy to get caught up in the excitement of the auction, but it's vital to stay within your financial means. Register in Advance: Register as a bidder before the auction starts to avoid any last-minute complications. Provide the necessary identification and payment details to ensure a smooth bidding process. Observe and Learn: Attend a few auctions as an observer to understand the dynamics, bidding strategies, and price patterns. This experience will help you feel more confident when participating as a buyer. Bidding Tactics: Decide on your bidding strategy beforehand. You can start with conservative bids and gradually increase if necessary, or you can open with a strong bid to deter other bidders. Be patient and avoid getting caught in bidding wars that may drive up the price. Consider Additional Costs: Keep in mind that auction houses charge buyer's premiums, which are additional fees added to the final hammer price. Factor in these costs when determining your budget. Follow Your Gut: Trust your instincts when making a bid. If a painting speaks to you and you believe in its potential, don't hesitate to participate in the bidding process. Art Investment Strategies for Beginners If you're new to art investing, it's essential to develop a strategy that aligns with your investment goals and risk tolerance. Here are a few investment strategies to consider: Diversify Your Portfolio: Invest in different artists, styles, and mediums to spread your risk and increase the potential for returns. A well-diversified art portfolio can provide stability and balance. Focus on Emerging Artists: Investing in emerging artists can be lucrative if you have a keen eye for talent. Look for artists whose work shows promise and potential for future growth. Supporting emerging artists can also be personally fulfilling as you contribute to their artistic journey. Invest in Established Artists: Established artists with a solid track record and a history of successful sales can offer stability and potential appreciation. Research artists with established careers and seek advice from art experts to identify investment-worthy opportunities. Stay Informed: Keep up-to-date with the latest art market trends, attend art events, and engage with the art community. This ongoing education will help you make informed investment decisions and identify emerging trends and opportunities. Consult Art Professionals: Seek advice from art consultants, curators, and advisors who have in-depth knowledge of the art market. They can provide valuable insights, guide your investment strategy, and help you navigate the complexities of the art world. Maintaining and Protecting Your Art Collection Once you've built an art collection, it's essential to take proper care of your artworks to preserve their value and beauty. Here are some tips for maintaining and protecting your art collection: Proper Display and Lighting: Display your artworks in a well-lit area away from direct sunlight, extreme temperature changes, and humidity. Use appropriate hanging systems and frames to ensure the safety and stability of the artworks. Regular Cleaning and Maintenance: Dust and clean your artworks regularly using gentle materials and techniques recommended by professionals. Avoid using harsh cleaning agents or abrasive materials that may damage the artwork. Insurance Coverage: Obtain insurance coverage for your art collection to protect against theft, damage, or loss. Consult with insurance providers who specialize in art insurance to ensure proper coverage for your specific needs. Documentation and Appraisal: Keep detailed records of your art collection, including purchase receipts, provenance, and any relevant certificates of authenticity. Regularly update the appraisals of your artworks to reflect their current market value. Art Storage: If you have limited display space or need to store artworks temporarily, consider professional art storage facilities. These facilities provide controlled environments, security measures, and specialized handling to ensure the safety of your art collection. Conclusion Investing in art is a multifaceted endeavor that combines aesthetic appreciation with financial potential. Singapore's thriving art scene offers a wealth of opportunities for art investors, from established galleries to emerging artists. By understanding the factors that contribute to the value of a painting, conducting thorough research, and developing a well-informed investment strategy, you can embark on a rewarding art investment journey. Remember to diversify your portfolio, stay informed about market trends, and seek guidance from art professionals. As you build your art collection, prioritize the proper maintenance and protection of your artworks to ensure their long-term value and enjoyment. Happy art investing!
The Incomparable Allure of Original Art: Why Investing in Artists' Creations Triumphs Over Canvas Prints
Art, throughout history, has been a profound means of expressing human emotions, ideas, and culture. It holds the power to captivate, provoke, and inspire. In today's world, the appreciation and consumption of art have evolved thanks to technological advancements that have introduced canvas prints as a more accessible option. However, the allure of original art remains unparalleled. Through this article we deep dive into some of the finer points on why buying an original art from artists triumphs over opting for canvas prints. While Canvas Prints act as a much cheaper option to decor one's space with multitude on websites and stores (e.g. Ikea) to acquire one, but they are as good as any decoratives and depreciates in value immediately after purchase. Here are 10 reasons that anyone should look at investing in Original Art directly from Artists instead of canvas prints 1. The Essence of Creativity and Uniqueness: Original art encapsulates the essence of the artist's creativity and individuality. Every brushstroke, every colour choice, and every detail carries the artist's personal touch, allowing their emotions and perspectives to flow freely onto the canvas. This uniqueness cannot be replicated in a canvas print, which needs more authenticity and depth of the artist's creative process. souvenirs-de-paris-ii by Agnes Lefevre 2. Investing in Culture and History: When you purchase original art, you are not just acquiring a physical piece but investing in culture and history. Art has been pivotal in reflecting societal changes, political climates, and cultural shifts. Owning an original artwork allows you to be a custodian of these narratives, connecting you with the artist's era and their influences. On the other hand, canvas prints lack this historical and cultural context. 3. Supporting Living Artists: Investing in original art directly supports living artists and their livelihoods. Artists pour their heart and soul into their creations, often facing financial challenges to sustain their passion. By purchasing original art, you contribute to their journey, enabling them to continue dedicating themselves to their craft. This support fosters a thriving artistic community and encourages the growth of art. Power by Sudipta Das (Singapore) 4. A Tangible Connection: Original art provides a tangible connection between the artist and the collector. Each piece carries a story, emotion, or concept the artist intended to convey. When you invest in original art, you are not just acquiring a decorative piece but inviting a part of the artist's world into your own, creating a profound connection that canvas prints cannot replicate. 5. The Aesthetics of Imperfection: The imperfections found in original art contribute to its charm and authenticity. These imperfections are a testament to the artist's humanity, showcasing their struggles and triumphs. They tell a story of the artistic process, the evolution of the piece, and the artist's growth over time. Canvas prints, being mass-produced and perfected, lack this organic beauty of imperfection. Lifting Govardhanagiri by Elancheziyan S (India) 6. Value Appreciation: Original artworks have the potential to appreciate in value over time, especially if the artist gains recognition or achieves significant milestones. The rarity and uniqueness of original pieces make them sought after by collectors and art enthusiasts, leading to increased demand and value. On the other hand, canvas prints lack the same potential for value appreciation due to their mass-produced nature. 7. Enhancing Living Spaces: Original art can transform a living space into a unique environment that reflects the owner's personality and taste. The presence of an original artwork adds a touch of sophistication, elegance, and individuality that canvas prints cannot replicate. The energy and emotional resonance that emanates from an original piece elevate the ambience of any room. Harlequin - gold 1 by Aarti Bartake (Singapore) 8. Personalized Commissions: When purchasing original art, you can engage with artists for personalized commissions. This means you can collaborate with the artist to create a piece that resonates deeply with your vision, taste, and preferences. This level of customization goes far beyond the reach of canvas prints, providing you with a truly one-of-a-kind creation. 9. Emotional Investment: Original art can evoke emotions and provoke thought in ways that canvas prints often cannot replicate. The depth of feeling that emanates from an artist's brushstrokes, colour choices, and composition can elicit a wide range of emotional responses, creating a lasting connection between the viewer and the artwork. 10. Preserving Cultural Heritage: Original art contributes to preserving cultural heritage by showcasing diverse perspectives, traditions, and aesthetics. It serves as a visual documentation of different eras, geographies, and ideologies. By investing in original art, you play a role in preserving these diverse cultural narratives for future generations. Tree of Life by Abdul Gafur Khatri (India) In conclusion, while canvas prints offer affordability and convenience, they lack the intangible magic of owning an original piece of art. The authenticity, emotional resonance, and connection that original artworks provide are incomparable. By investing in original art, you not only adorn your living space with beauty but also become a part of a rich artistic legacy, supporting artists, culture, and creativity in a way that canvas prints cannot replicate. So, when contemplating your subsequent art acquisition, consider the irreplaceable value of owning an original masterpiece that carries the artist's heart and soul within its strokes.
Choosing Art for Your Living Room: Elevate Your Space with Captivating Artworks
The living room is the heart of your home, a space where you relax, entertain guests, and showcase your personal style. Selecting suitable artwork for your living room can add a touch of elegance, maintain harmony, brighten up your space, create a wow factor, and reflect your unique taste. This article will explore various aspects to consider when choosing art for your living room. From size and style to colour scheme and personal preferences, these guidelines will help you curate a captivating collection that enhances the overall aesthetic of your living space. Size and Placement The size and placement of artwork in your living room are crucial considerations. The goal is to find pieces that create a visual impact without overpowering the space. Consider the following factors: Focal Point: Choose one or two more significant artworks to serve as the room's focal point. The artwork could be a striking painting, a statement sculpture, or an oversized photograph. Place them on a prominent wall where they can grab attention and set the tone for the entire space. Proportions: Consider the scale of your living room furniture and the dimensions of the walls. Ensure that the artwork is proportionate to the room's wall space and other elements. For example, a large sectional sofa may require a substantial piece of art to balance the visual weight. Groupings and Gallery Walls: Consider creating a gallery wall or arranging multiple artworks in a group. This approach can add visual interest and create a dynamic display. Mix different sizes and styles, and experiment with layouts before finalizing the arrangement. Eye-Level Placement: Hang artwork at eye level for optimal viewing. The centre of the painting should be approximately 57-60 inches from the floor. Adjustments may be needed based on the average height of your household. Style and Theme The style and theme of your living room play a significant role in determining the type of artwork that will best complement the space. Consider the following: Existing Décor: Evaluate the overall style of your living room, whether it's modern, traditional, minimalist, or eclectic. Look for artworks that harmonize with the existing décor elements, such as furniture, flooring, and architectural details. For example, a contemporary living room may benefit from abstract or geometric artworks. At the same time, a traditional space may call for classical paintings or landscapes. Matching minimalism of the house, infusing abstract art - Abstract no. 4622 black and white minimalism Personal Preference: Your living room reflects your taste and personality. Choose artworks that resonate with your personality, whether from a particular artist, a specific art movement, or a style that you find visually appealing. Select pieces that genuinely speak to you. Room Function: Consider how you use your living room. If it's primarily a space for relaxation and quiet contemplation, choose artworks that create a serene atmosphere, such as soothing landscapes or abstract pieces. If it's a place for social gatherings and lively conversations, opt for bold, vibrant artworks that energize the space. Artistic Variety: Mix different styles and mediums to add depth and visual interest. Experiment with a combination of paintings, prints, photographs, sculptures, or even mixed-media artworks. The variety will enhance the room's richness and showcase your eclectic taste. Colour Scheme The colour scheme of your living room and the artwork you choose should harmonize to create a cohesive and visually pleasing space. Consider the following tips: Complement or Contrast: Choose artworks that either complement or provide a striking contrast to the room's colour palette. Chosing artworks with complementary colours, create a harmonious look to the space. For example, consider artworks with cool blue or green accents if your living room features warm earthy tones. Alternatively, contrasting colours, such as bold reds against neutral tones, can create a vibrant and attention-grabbing effect. Artwork for Trending beige wall - Golden Haze Balance and Harmony: Consider the overall balance of colours in your living room. If the space is rich in colour, opt for artwork with a more muted or monochromatic palette to avoid overwhelming the room. Conversely, bold and colourful paintings can become captivating focal points if your living room is primarily neutral. Highlight Accent Colors: If your living room features specific accent colours, incorporate artwork highlighting those hues. By selecting an artwork in such a way, you can create a cohesive and intentional design. For example, if you have to throw pillows or rugs with yellow pops, consider artworks featuring the same or complementary shades to tie the room together. Personal Touch The artwork in your living room should reflect your personal preferences and experiences. Here are a few suggestions to add a personal touch: Emotional Connection: Choose artworks that evoke emotions or memories. It could be a painting that reminds you of a particular place or a photograph that captures a special moment. Your connection with the artwork will make it more meaningful and enhance your enjoyment of the space. Tidal Melodies by Vicky Yeow Hobbies and Interests: Incorporate artworks that align with your hobbies or interests. If you're passionate about music, consider art pieces inspired by musical instruments or musicians. Landscapes or botanical prints could be a great fit if you love nature. Let your passions shine through the art you choose. La femme au chapeau by Souhayl A Custom Artworks: Commissioning custom artwork gives you a unique and personalized piece for your living room. Collaborate with local artists or artisans to create something tailor-made for your space. This way, you can have a one-of-a-kind artwork that perfectly complements your living room's style and reflects your individuality. Conclusion Selecting artwork for your living room is an opportunity to infuse your personality into your home's central gathering space. By considering factors such as size, placement, style, colour scheme, and personal preferences, you can curate a collection of art that enhances the ambience, serves as a focal point, and sparks conversations. Let your living room art reflect your unique taste and create a space like yours. Enjoy the process of selecting artworks that speak to you, and watch as they transform your living room into a beautiful and visually appealing haven. At RtistiQ we offer a wide variety of selection of works to elevate your living room. Be it large sized paintings, sculptures or photograph we are here to support you in selecting the right artwork that defines your personally. Discover works from our curated collections by our curatorial team. If you would like to get an exclusive session with our curators to support your art selection, click the link CONTACT AN ART ADVISOR and provide us with any specific details you can give us.