3 Artists To Check Out At The Affordable Art Fair 2016 Buy Buy Buy

Buying art doesn’t have to be a hobby only for the rich. At the Affordable Art Fair, happening 18 – 20 November 2016, you can support amazing talents without breaking the bank. Here are 3 artists to look out for.

Rasha Eleyan


1. 5 words that describes your works best.
“Visual. Colour. Vibrant. Contemporary/Present. Thoughtful.”

2.What inspired you to pursue this journey as an artist?
“Becoming an artist was inevitable… Whilst I have worked in other industries in the past I always knew,  in my heart,  that Art would be the focus of my life.”

3. What’s it like being an artist in Singapore? Tell us the good, the bad, and the ugly.
“The Bad: There have been situations where people have taken images of my artwork and used them without my permission and without paying!

The Good: Through my commissioned works, I have had the privilege to be invited into the homes of some amazing people who have become some of my closest friends and supporters.”


Yeo Shih Yun


1. 5 words that describes your works best.
“Energetic, spontaneous, abstract,  elusive, bold”

2. What inspired you to pursue this journey as an artist?
“My one year doing San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, California Post Baccalaureate Program (Painting) in 2002 was the most influential in me being an artist. The school, the professors, my classmates were all so inspiring. Visiting SFMOMA (San Francisco Museum of Modern Art) very often (we students had free entry) made a huge difference too. I was no longer just looking at paintings from my heroes (Abstract Expressionists eg. Pollock, Motherwell, ) but in the flesh!  I knew that I wanted to be an artist after I came back from San Francisco. I never looked back since. Art is my passion.”

3. What’s it like being an artist in Singapore? Tell us the good, the bad, and the ugly.
“The artists here in Singapore are quite open and friendly and I find it great as we can hang out and talk about art/exhibitions…etc. whenever we like. Artists need that, to be able to share and interact often. The bad maybe is that the collectors base in Singapore is relatively small and those who tend to collect usually buy big names from Indonesia/Thailand so Singapore artists suffer. Having said that, I feel that the art scene in Singapore is much better compared to the times when I just came back from San Francisco in 2003. Now, there are many opportunities for young artists to exhibit in local galleries that support them, like Fost and Chan Hampe galleries, and international art fairs like Art Stage and Affordable Art Fair. So it’s great being artists in Singapore now!”


Melissa Teo


1. 5 words that describes your works best.
“Bold. Soulful. Quaint. Architectural. Montage”

2. What inspired you to pursue this journey as an artist?
“I have always loved to draw since I was a child. I am constantly in awe of the wonderful creations be it organic or man-made. Even as a student, I would visit the now defunct Art Gallery section of of the National Museum regularly and familiarise myself with the artworks and artists. Upon graduation, I became an art teacher at a secondary school. Teaching is so different from making art yourself. Although I was mentoring my students, I yearned to create art myself.

In 2003, I participated in a painting competition organised by the South-East Community Development Council and bagged the top prize. This not only deepened my desire to paint more regularly but also gave me the affirmation to pursue it more seriously. I became a member of the Singapore Art Society in 2010 and has since participated in the Society’s annual group exhibitions. 2016 marks another major milestone when I held my first solo art exhibition ‘As If We Had Never Said Goodbye’ at the Utterly Art Gallery.”

3. What’s it like being an artist in Singapore? Tell us the good, the bad, and the ugly.
“On a personal level, I know that I need to find my own voice in order to set my personal style apart from the rest.

Being self-taught is one thing but not going to an art school certainly does have its disadvantages. One of them includes having little chance to meet the right people in the industry. Basically, there is a lack of network for the self-taught artist. One must muster enough courage to knock on the doors of art galleries and prepare yourself for rejections. It is a test of patience at times and can be discouraging but one has to grit their teeth.

As with the Utterly Art gallery, I am really glad that the gallerist liked my work and I am ever grateful for the opportunity he has given me. Having someone believe in you is a major step in supporting your artistic career.  The journey is tough and humbling but also somewhat exciting as it allows me to continue to learn, explore and make new discoveries.”

The Affordable Art Fair Singapore Autumn Edition 2016 will be happening at the F1 Pit Building from 18 to 20 November 2016. For more details, visit

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