“I love every artist I’m working with and want whomever comes into the gallery to have an enjoyable experience and not feel intimidated”
There’s a new voice on the gallery scene and it’s making itself heard loud and clear. Amar Singh, founder of the eponymous Amar Gallery, has pulled together an intriguing and innovative roster of artists that has helped him stake his claim to being ‘one to watch’
After Nyne went to meet Amar, to see his stunning new space and get his thoughts on collecting for our Collector’s Issue.
Amar Gallery opened in January. How have the first few months been?
Fantastic! I have thoroughly enjoyed working with living artists and am excited to continue supporting the ones I’m collaborating with. There of course have been challenges but entirely in areas that do not directly involve the art – shipping, crating, insurance – these can be a complete headache. For example the way most art is packed and transported has not changed in hundreds of years, it’s expensive and not eco-friendly – surely there’s a better mouse trap? If somebody cares to invent one, call me!
What was your founding ethos?
To champion great artists in a welcoming environment. I love every artist I’m working with and want whomever comes into the gallery to have an enjoyable experience and not feel intimidated, I just hope the rare moments when I burst out into song are not off putting.
Tell us a little about your background.
I have been working in the art world for eight years. The first four was spent dealing in renaissance art – mainly drawings. I progressed to deal in contemporary prints and paintings. I really wanted face to face time with living artists so I decided to open the gallery. It’s a more personal relationship which allows me to contribute directly to an artists growth. I have also been involved in LGBT rights and Women’s rights in India for over a decade – a very hard subject.
Has art always been an interest?
My parents since I was born took me to museums. I have always loved art, starting with a fascination for old masters and then at around sixteen I developed a great appreciation for contemporary art.