Art supplies in Shanghai

Yesterday we visited Marie’s Art Store in Shanghai –

Marie’s Painting Materials
No. 850 Xikang Road (西塘路850)
Shanghai 200040
2861-1607
2861-1626

On Xikang Lu, one block North of Haifang Lu, on the East side of the street.  (just below XinFeng Lu 新丰路)。

They have a reasonable range of products, but seem to specialise in oils and oil painting accessories. As far as the things that I did find, their prices are fairly reasonable. They didn’t have any dry watercolour “pans”, only the tubes, and only a limited selection of those. Lots of sketch books and paper – I haven’t tested the quality of the paper that I bought yet, but it seems to be quite good.

Acrylic products: again a reasonable selection but none of the well-known brands, and some key colours were only available in large tubs. I’m not sure what the quality of the paint is like.

Very friendly and helpful staff – they didn’t speak much English, but I was able to convey what I was looking for with a smattering of Mandarin, a dictionary and lots of gestures and hit-and-miss looking at the stock on the shelves. One of the ladies had some English, but it definitely helped to know exactly what I needed/wanted before I came into the shop.

Next time, need to look up the translation for more of the technical terms (like watercolour paint!) before I try to shop here.

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~ by tomorrowslices on July 24, 2011.

8 Responses to “Art supplies in Shanghai”

  1. Hey do you know the prices of the tubes of acrylic & do you by any chance know the sizes of their big canvases too?

  2. Hi! may i know how to get here?

  3. Thanks, is this art shop still existing? because the last entry before i posted my question was Oct 2012…

    • As far as I know it is still there, I went there a few times last year, but not recently. There were no signs of any imminent move…But then again, in Shanghai, people and places and shops do tend to move/shut down quite quickly. You could phone them to make sure.

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