Q1. What is good Art?
Art can be subjective and personal. Different people have different tastes. Curator at Aseana - Kee Yam Huang's take on this attests to his philosophy of life - that Art should relate to the individual positively, perhaps negatively but relate nevertheless; that Art should bring a smile to your face, uplift your spirit, challenge, inspire, move or even give you ideas. It should also grow on you. His perspective is based on a combination of his 40-year art acquisition know-how, a trained eye as an artist and his experience in having past collections sold at Sotheby's auctions at 20 - 30 times their original cost.
Q2. What should you consider when purchasing art pieces?
Kee Yam Huang's advice is this:
- Don't rush - check out a few galleries before making your purchase.
- If for personal enjoyment, then it's easy - you have to love it.
- Think ahead to where you would like to place it.
- Also think about how much you are prepared to spend.
- Find out more about the artist - emerging or established.
If you are interested in buying for investment or profit, buying art online or even commissioning art it would be best to come down to the gallery where Kee Yam would be glad to help you with in-depth information.
Q3. How do I maintain the art pieces that I buy?
Expensive original artworks should be properly maintained to retain their value. Ideally, they should be re-varnished once every seven years. Re-varnishing an artwork is very easy, and we can teach you how. Alternatively you can bring it to a gallery to have it done.
Restorations can be very expensive. A 90x60cm size Lee Man Fong painting can cost as much as $6,000 to restore.
Q4. In what way is Art a good investment?
Making a profit from art is a whole different ballgame. There is no guarantee that artworks bought at auctions will increase in value. Only the old renowned masters retain their value. Works from artists like Lee Man Fong, Affandi, Gunawan, Cheong Soo Pieng are always in demand because they are part of a nation's past.
The prices of works by new "big names" like Masraidi and Agus Suwarge surged upwards in the 80s only to have plateaued in price in recent years. So at times, there are no guarantees even for the current 'big name' art pieces.
Q5. What makes purchasing from Aseana a unique experience?
The paradox in the location of Aseana lends to this unique experience. Centrally located within Singapore and encircled by new hip art enclaves in Tiong Bahru, Alexandra and Pasir Panjang, Aseana in Bukit Merah (Malay for Redhill) retains its off-the-beaten-track flavour. This translates to a lower rental for the gallery. We appreciate the range of collectors who patronize the gallery while still being inclusive through ensuring art affordable for everyone.
Curator Kee Yam is an accredited National Arts Council artist who has conducted workshops for People's Association art trainers and teachers, as well as coaches professional artists. He signs on promising artists and mentors them. His special rapport with them allows him first pick of their artworks at better prices.
Note : Wondering about buying from auctions and exhibitions? Perhaps curious about digitally painted over prints? Find out about these and more with a trip to our gallery.