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.
“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.”
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.
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.
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.