Big business for some galleries, consolation for others at Art SG

Arthur Sim, The Straits Times, January 16, 2023

Gallerist Kevin Troyano Cuturi (left) saw works by five Singapore artists represented by his Cuturi Gallery, including Khairulddin Wahab (right), find buyers at Art SG.


SINGAPORE – Business was good at the Cuturi Gallery booth at Art SG. Although its booth was just 25 sq m, the local gallery sold large paintings by all five of the Singapore artists that they represented at the art fair at Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre.


The artworks by artists including Khairulddin Wahab and Aisha Rosli ranged between $3,000 and $15,000. Buyers also bought works that were not displayed at Art SG. Gallerist Kevin Troyano Cuturi, 33, says: “We have loved the experience and we’ll definitely explore a bigger presentation next year.” The art fair ended on Sunday.


At the Richard Koh Fine Art booth, Singapore artist Melissa Tan sold a laser-cut, stainless steel sculptural artwork for $45,000, exceeding the $30,000 price threshold that gallerist Richard Koh usually sees for art collectors here. While the artwork went to a Singapore collector, Mr Koh, 58, says: “We need more regional collectors.”

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