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

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.

~ 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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