Affordable Art Fair Singapore 2013: Spoilt for choice

Utterly Art is one of the 101 galleries showcasing works from various artists for the Affordable Art Fair 2013. Photo: Mysara Bte Mohamad Aljaru
Swiss artist Vinc's Girl Playing Over The Fire for the Affordable Art Fair 2013. Photo: Mysara Bte Mohamad Aljaru
Some artworks from Bicha Gallery for the Affordable Art Fair 2013. Photo: Mysara Bte Mohamad Aljaru
Local artist Samantha Lo's (SKL0) and Thai artist Somnuek (Parn) Klangnok’s works are also being sold at the Affordable Art Fair this year. Photo: Mysara Bte Mohamad Aljaru
Samantha Lo is one of the buzz-worthy names of the Affordable Art Fair this year. Photo: Mysara Bte Mohamad Aljaru
Mr Woon Tai Ho (left) who purchased Thai artist Somnuek (Parn) Klangnok’s (right) work describes it as a "style that sells". Photo: Mysara Bte Mohamad Aljaru
The Under S$1,000 wall is a new feature at the Affordable Art Fair this year. Photo: Mysara Bte Mohamad Aljaru
Up for grabs are works from a dizzying array of artists, from SKL0 to Anish Kapoor
Published: 6:04 PM, November 21, 2013
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SINGAPORE — The Affordable Art Fair Singapore (AAF) opens today (Nov 21) and with a slew of artworks in over 101 galleries, you’d be spoilt for choice — I certainly was.

One highlight of this year’s AAF is the Under S$1,000 wall — the name is pretty self-explanatory. You can get work from Spanish artist Cristina Gayarre (Standarte gallery) or how about something created by Matthew Kwan (Picture This gallery)? The wall is perfect if you are on a tight budget.

If you are not, however, it might be worth your time to pop into each gallery — after all, you never know if you’re snapping up the next big thing.

Speaking of being spoilt for choice, it was hard trying to choose a particular favourite from Utterly Art’s booth.

A success story at the first AAF, TraseOne is showcasing his work again at this year’s AAF — and I have to say, his Mockumental series are “to get”. Check out MBSelipar, just one of his many amazing works that will be sold at the fair.

(If the name TraseOne sounds familiar to you, it’s because we’ve mentioned him in a previous AAF article that featured upcoming young local artists — another reason for you to check out his work!)

Also available at the Utterly Art booth are works from Swiss artist Vinc. I am going to jump right into one particular work that I’m sure had everyone talking — a pair of shoes. Titled Girl Playing Over The Fire, the art piece uses translucent resin as the medium of work and it definitely caught my eye. Check out his Pop Vintage series as well, where his works take after vintage comic books.

Goldmann Inc is featuring another local urban artist for this year’s AAF — Samantha Lo aka SKL0. Her work never fails to win me over and yes, it is cheeky as always, if you were wondering. Featuring a popular cultured milk drink here, the words “More cultured than you ever will be” got me grinning when I saw it.

Thai artist Somnuek (Parn) Klangnok’s works are also being showcased by Goldmann. In fact, one of his works was sold within a few minutes when I was at the booth — Mr Woon Tai Ho, Director, Media and Marketing of the National Art Gallery Singapore bought it during the private viewing yesterday.

Describing Klangnork’s contemporary work as “a style that sells”, Mr Woon said: “It captures the animated world, and yet it is also very sweet and very innocent.”

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