SOVEREIGN ART AWARD FINALISTS HONG KONG
Thirty finalists have been chosen from over four hundred nominees from all over Asia Pacific for the 2010 Sovereign Asian Art Prize. For the first time ever the list includes works from Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan and Iraq. In another first, the Sovereign Art Foundation will hold a major fund-raising event in Singapore, selecting twenty of the best works by Singaporean artists to be sold at a special auction dinner.
As well as being auctioned for charity, the twenty selected Singaporean works will be exhibited alongside the thirty Prize finalists. The Sovereign Asian Art Prize carries a first prize of USD25,000 and a public prize is also awarded to the painting which receives the most votes from the public, people who attended the exhibition or cast their votes on the Foundation’s website.
This year’s finalists were chosen by a panel of judges comprising of David Elliott (Artistic Director for 17th Sydney Biennale), Fumio Nanjo (Curator, Mori Art Museum), Xu Bing (Artist), Graham Sheffield (CEO of West Kowloon Cultural District Authority), Sir David Tang (Collector) and Tan Boon Hui (Director, Singapore Art Museum).
Art Radar takes a closer look at five of the thirty artists. Please note that these artists have been chosen for their differences in style, medium and geographical location and do not in any way reflect our choices for the winning artists.
1. Halim Al Karim – Iraq
Growing up as a witness of the first Gulf War, Al Karim brings forth his untold experience and ongoing observation of the turmoil in Iraq in a rare visual expression through his “Witness from Baghdad” series of photographs. In the series the artist highlights the blurry existence of a quiet witness in times of war.
2. Yongliang Yang – China
Having strength in detail, Yang’s photographic works provoke our visual senses by collaborating contemporary subjects with traditional Chinese painting composition. The artist constructs the work as shan shui (山水, literally “mountain-water”) impression, with meticulous details of urban landscape elements such as cranes, traffic signs and fly-overs.
3. Ulan Djaparov – Kyrgyzstan
Ulan Djaparov is an artist, curator, architect and critic. His work ranges from photography to installation and performance-based video. Flighter is part of the photographic documentation of a performance piece.
4. MM Yu – Philippines
MM Yu works with a variety of media, although most of her creations are photographs and paintings of scruffy details in urban Manila. Her works draw notice to remarkable bursts of colour while also presenting a sense of humour that can be found upon closer inspection of the works’ details.
5. Aditya Novali – Indonesia
Novali is a young emerging artist from Indonesia who is praised for his interest in hidden objects and images and his use of mechanical movement. For his work Comfort Zone, each section of painting comprises of 16 steel bars that can be rotated.
The winning entry becomes the property of the Foundation to be used to further its charitable work and the 29 Sovereign Art Prize finalists will be exhibited and auctioned in Hong Kong at the Four Seasons in January 2011.
About the Sovereign Art Award
The Sovereign Art Foundation was registered as a charity in Hong Kong in 2003. The Foundation was set up by Howard Bilton, a tax lawyer who turned his art collecting hobby into what is now Asia’s largest art prize. The first Asian prize took place in 2003 and immediately gained prominence. As such, the foundation expanded into Europe and the Sovereign Art Europe Awards were established in 2005.
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- Sovereign Asian Art Prize 2008 emerging artists shows in Hong Kong – October 2008 – information about the Prize’s first-of-its-kind three year Hong Kong residency programme
- Pakistani artist Huma Bhabha receives Aldrich Museum’s 2008 Emerging Artist Award – August 2008 – a brief overview of the recipient of this non-application award