Art-partment showcase

Art-partment showcase

A $600 watercolour painting hangs outside Mrs Pooja Kapur's home in Coronation Road West. But the owner of lifestyle store Benares is not worried that someone might steal it.

"It's just that kind of community where you never really worry about people taking your things," says Mrs Kapur, 42. "We leave our doors open all the time, and the kids run in and out. So I'm not worried about people taking it away."

That painting, by an Indian artist whom she remembers only as "Deepshika", is the first artwork the Indian expatriate bought from a Mumbai gallery about 15 years ago and it sparked off a love affair with art. And it hints at the beautiful collection within her 3,800 sq ft condominium apartment.

Step inside and you will find works by other Asian artists. About 30 pieces, including those by Punjabi-Indian artist Satish Gujral, Vietnamese painter Thon That Bang and Japanese Fujitako Hiroko, hang on walls. Furniture accessories, such as a larger-than-life birdcage, dot the apartment.

Most were picked up on Mrs Kapur's travels with her husband Varun, 42, who works in the finance industry here. The couple also buy art at auctions and art fairs around the region, such as in China and Vietnam.

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