France’s first online art gallery has an impressively international outlook

Singulart showcases an exciting array of emerging and established artists

Changing Seasons – Winter 01 [Abstract N°2282] by Koen Lybaert, £4,710 at Singulart
Changing Seasons – Winter 01 [Abstract N°2282] by Koen Lybaert, £4,710 at Singulart

Since launching almost two years ago, online art gallery Singulart has been propelled by a formidable tailwind. When I speak with the site’s 29-year-old co-founder Vera Kempf, she has just appeared on the Forbes “30 Under 30 2019” list; Singulart has sold its first sculpture; and the gallery has been accepted as an exhibitor at its first bricks-and-mortar art fair in Hong Kong

Plastic Sea by Orlanda Broom, £8,500
Plastic Sea by Orlanda Broom, £8,500

“It’s been quite a week,” says Kempf, who set up Singulart with Brice Lecompte and Denis Fayolle in 2016 to break down the barriers of buying art internationally. “Ninety-two per cent of our sales are to export markets, and it’s this international dimension that really sets us apart from other online art platforms.”

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Singulart thus far showcases 2,200 artists of 80 nationalities with a portfolio of more than 50,000 original paintings, drawings, photographs and sculptures. The site is easy to navigate – by artwork type, artist (acclaimed, emerging, collector’s favourites) or curated collections (“Street Art treasures”, “Amazing artworks for under €2,000”). A search might turn up atmospheric black and white photography (A Trembling Soul Where the Time Flows Quietly Over the Waves, 2017, £770) by 25-year-old Kyu Sang Lee, a Korean artist who lives and works in South Africa, or limited edition digital prints combining photography with painterly effects (Pine Tree Diptych, 2012, £7,340) by widely exhibited Finnish artist Nanna Hänninen.

A Trembling Soul Where the Time Flows Quietly Over the Waves by Kyu Sang Lee, £770
A Trembling Soul Where the Time Flows Quietly Over the Waves by Kyu Sang Lee, £770

Currently in the Featured Artists spot is rising star Orlanda Broom, a young British artist whose bold lush landscapes of imagined places and exotic flora are created in fluorescent acrylics and resin (the stunning Plastic Sea triptych, £8,500, has just been reserved). She sits alongside the more established Belgian painter Koen Lybaert, whose oil abstracts – such as Changing Seasons – Winter 01 [Abstract N°2282], 2018, £4,710 – are equally vibrant.

Pine Tree Diptych by Nanna Hänninen, £7,340
Pine Tree Diptych by Nanna Hänninen, £7,340

The prices shown include delivery, customs formalities and charges, and there’s also a live online art adviser to give browsers information on artists, framing and even negotiate the price directly (the site features a “Make Us An Offer” button). “For our next step,” adds Kempf, “we’d like to source talent in countries that don’t have established outlets for artists.” Watch this online space. 

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