Collectors throng Affordable Art Fair

Collectors throng Affordable Art Fair

There were early visitors and brisk sales at the private viewing of the popular Affordable Art Fair Wednesday night.

Art collectors and art lovers who thronged the F1 Pit Building were busy snapping up paintings and sculptures and getting the best picks before the fair opens for general viewing Thursday.

There were several red dots seen at various galleries, signalling brisk sales within the first three hours of the preview.

Local gallery Jada Art sold 10 of 30 works by South-east Asian artists within an hour of the VIP preview opening at 6pm.

Gallerist Valerie Cheah, 46, who is taking part in the fair for the second time, called it "a fantastic start".

She saw a mix of new and old collectors buying paintings priced between $2,000 and $8,000.

Another local gallery, Galerie Sogan & Art, sold two of 12 works it is showing this year. Gallerist Vera Wijaya, 37, who has taken part in three previous editions, called it "the most crowded fair opening night with amazing energy".

International galleries had similar success. Ms Kathryn Bell, 47, gallery director of London-based Fine Art Consultancy, is taking part for the first time but said she would be back.

She sold three works by British sculptor Vanessa Pooley within an hour of opening. She said the fair is "really vibrant" and added: "People have been coming in numbers and asking very intelligent questions including whether Pooley is influenced by the works of Henry Moore. It is a well-informed art audience here."

The private viewing drew more than 3,500 invited guests. It was a packed house with barely any walking room at some points. Last year, the preview evening drew more than 3,000 visitors.

Such was the relaxed vibe of the fair that even on the packed opening, one mother had brought along her two-month-old baby boy.

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