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Homegrown artists see brisk sales at start of Art Stage Singapore

Mylyn Nguyen's installation which consists of many bees being exhibited at the Brenda May Gallery . -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO 
Mylyn Nguyen's installation which consists of many bees being exhibited at the Brenda May Gallery . -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO 
A visitor to Art Stage Singapore looks at German artist Gerhard Richter's 1982 oil on canvas painting from his coveted Abstrakte Bilder series. Priced at $14.45 million, it is the most expensive artwork at Art Stage. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO
A visitor to Art Stage Singapore looks at German artist Gerhard Richter's 1982 oil on canvas painting from his coveted Abstrakte Bilder series. Priced at $14.45 million, it is the most expensive artwork at Art Stage. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO
Jeong Hwa Choi's huge inflatable pink elephant which is affectionately titled Love Me. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO 
Jeong Hwa Choi's huge inflatable pink elephant which is affectionately titled Love Me. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO 
A collection of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama's paintings and sculpture as seen at Ota Fine Arts gallery. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO 
A collection of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama's paintings and sculpture as seen at Ota Fine Arts gallery. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO 
Japanese artist Nobuhiro Nakanishi's installation, Layer Drawing-The tactual Sky, which consists of 50 inkjet prints on film, being displayed at the Japan Pavilion. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO 
Japanese artist Nobuhiro Nakanishi's installation, Layer Drawing-The tactual Sky, which consists of 50 inkjet prints on film, being displayed at the Japan Pavilion. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO 
Aung Ko's sculptures made of fibreglass and gold paint titled Ko Shwe. Singapore's premier fair for international contemporary art kicked off on Wednesday night with unusually buoyant sales for homegrown artists. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO&nb
Aung Ko's sculptures made of fibreglass and gold paint titled Ko Shwe. Singapore's premier fair for international contemporary art kicked off on Wednesday night with unusually buoyant sales for homegrown artists. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO 

Singapore's premier fair for international contemporary art kicked off on Wednesday night with unusually buoyant sales for homegrown artists.

Over 7,000 people from all over the world were invited to the vernissage for Art Stage Singapore.

The ticketed fair at the Marina Bay Sands Exhibition and Convention Centre opens to the public on Thursday and runs till Sunday. More than 158 galleries from here and overseas are represented in this fourth edition of the annual fair.

Within hours of the opening on Wednesday night, one of Singapore's hottest young painters, Ruben Pang, had sold all nine of his works. Priced between $3,000 and $9,000, they were sold by Singapore's Chan Hampe Galleries.

Another emerging artist Sarah Choo, 23, represented by gallerist Vera Wijaya of Galerie Slogan & Art, also sold all her photography works within hours of the fair's opening. She sold five photography works, priced at $6,500 each.

Both artists drew mainly Singapore-based buyers, the galleries said.

Veteran artist Milenko Prvacki's large 300 x 400cm acrylic on linen piece, Crossroad, was the top-selling artwork on Wednesday by a local artist at $120,000.

Other homegrown artists whose works sold quickly were the late painter Chua Ek Kay and sculptor Han Sai Por.

Two of their works, priced at $5,200 and $20,000 respectively, were among the first pieces to be sold by the Singapore Tyler Print Institute, which had a booth selling Singaporean and international works.

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