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Why these buy­ers picked their art­works

While most peo­ple’s home dé­cor tends to obey cer­tain “rules”, with art, you’re en­cour­aged to like what you like, and fol­low your heart. While some fac­tors such as bud­get are an im­por­tant con­sid­er­a­tion, once this is de­ter­mined, find­ing a piece you have a con­nec­tion with should be a pri­or­ity. We find out what drew these read­ers in to choose the art­works they are proud to call their own. Robert and Teresa Mcin­tosh, Amer­i­can

We bought sev­eral pieces of art from Gallery 278 that re­minded us of Sin­ga­pore. The artist, Richard Lim Han, re­ally con­nected with my wife and me, and to be hon­est the price was se­condary. He did 12 paint­ings of cities we’ve toured and en­joyed, and they turned out re­ally well.

When we first came to Sin­ga­pore from the US, Gallery 278 had set up a turnkey condo for us. For our art­work, Feli­cia re­ally helped guide me with ideas, tones and colours. Fol­low­ing our brief­ing, we out­lined what we wanted; after that, Richard did all the hard work! Gallery 278 also en­sured we were 100 per­cent sat­is­fied with our art­work, which was re­ally help­ful as we had lim­ited ex­pe­ri­ence of pur­chas­ing art in the US. We are ex­tremely happy with our pur­chases and would def­i­nitely buy from Gallery 278 again.

Chris­tine Seet, Sin­ga­porean Chi­nese

Ini­tially, I wanted to find art pieces suit­able for a small apart­ment and was look­ing for some­thing a lit­tle dif­fer­ent to match the in­te­rior dé­cor. When I moved to larger premises, I added to the col­lec­tion to dec­o­rate the house with more art­works that ap­pealed to me.

I have var­ied tastes, and I feel for­tu­nate to have found Michele Righetti, an artist who is able to work with a wide reper­toire of tech­niques, from acrylic and mixed me­dia to oil paint­ings and sculp­tures of var­ied medi­ums. I hap­pen to own quite a body of his work. This in­cludes his acrylic on can­vas art­work, The Street Mu­si­cians, which is a de­pic­tion of a street in the Ital­ian town of Peru­gia dur­ing the July jazz fes­ti­val. Win­ter Land­scape is a tem­pera and acrylic on cot­ton can­vas ap­plied on wood board, de­pict­ing a calm win­ter scene in a vil­lage in Tus­cany. Then there’s Ur­ban Land­scape, a wall sculp­ture made of solid mango wood, de­pict­ing an ur­ban land­scape seen from an air­plane.

These pieces have joined my ex­ist­ing col­lec­tion, which in­cludes pieces from Li­jiang, Bei­jing, Shang­hai, an Abo­rig­i­nal piece from Dar­win, and Martin Loh’s Per­anakan work.

You re­ally have to buy what you like. I buy what is pleas­ing to my eye and with­out nec­es­sar­ily much thought given to its in­vest­ment po­ten­tial. Hav­ing said that, most of the Righetti pieces I have bought or com­mis­sioned have a story to them. The prove­nance of an art piece and back­ground of the artist are gen­er­ally what give a piece of art its value; the pieces I own will be heir­looms to both my sons.

Lee Yiren, Sin­ga­porean

I was look­ing for art­work to fit in n with my fea­ture wall, and to bring g out the essence of the dé­cor in my place. I had bought art­work from Liv­ing With Art be­fore, and this time pur­chased three pieces that de­pict fa­mous land­marks around the world. The works were cre­ated through an in­ter­est­ing tech­nique in­volv­ing the jux­ta­po­si­tion of black ink on two pieces of glass, one above the h other, h creat­ing i a shadow hd im­age of the pic­ture un­der light­ing. These pieces fit­ted my cri­te­ria per­fectly, es­pe­cially when viewed at night through mood light­ing.

The col­lec­tions at Liv­ing With Art are di­ver­si­fied, with com­pet­i­tive pric­ing that caters for dif­fer­ent groups of buy­ers. The friendly staff, in­clud­ing Natalie and Shu Fen, are of­ten on point with their rec­om­men­da­tions of art­work for dis­cern­ing buy­ers.

In the past, I’ve been in­spired by the works of Pol­ish painter Ta­mara de Lem­picka, fa­mous in the 1930s for her stylised de­pic­tion of the fe­male por­trait. I have been col­lect­ing Art Deco-style pieces since then. My ad­vice to po­ten­tial buy­ers is that there is no good or bad piece of art­work; it de­pends on the in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the buyer and his or her taste. How­ever, dis­played art­work, es­pe­cially at home, should fit in with the char­ac­ter of the dé­cor, each hav­ing its fair share of the lime­light to bring out the essence of the place.

Gallery 278 by Esco Leas­ing 278 River Val­ley Road 6737 2322 |

Liv­ing With Art #02-05 Tan Boon Liat Build­ing 315 Ou­tram Road 6917 6503 | liv­ing­with­

Righetti Arte Unit 22, Floor 3A 421 Tagore In­dus­trial Av­enue 9617 7830 | righet­

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