The organizers of the Prudential Eye Awards have announced the shortlist of 18 artists for the 2015 edition with the winners to be on January 20 in Singapore. The prizes recognise the best emerging Asian contemporary artists as well as the leading exhibitions, galleries, institutions and art critics working to promote Asian contemporary art.
The second edition of the Prudential Eye Awards features 13 prizes, with six categories of Best Emerging Artist using mediums such as digital/video, drawing, installation, painting, photography and sculpture. Each category winner will be awarded $20,000 and out of these six artists, one overall winner will be chosen as ‘Best Emerging Artist,’ winning a further $30,000 and the opportunity to hold a solo exhibition at the renowned Saatchi Gallery in London.
The overall winner of the first-ever Prudential Eye Award in 2014 was Australian painter Ben Quilty.
“The judges were really impressed with the breadth, range and diversity of the works by nominated artists. This year’s shortlist shows that art across Greater Asia is going from strength to strength,” said Nigel Hurst, CEO of the Saatchi Gallery.
The shortlisted artists are as follow:
Drawing: Genevieve Chua (Singapore), Ahmet Dogu Ipek (Turkey) and Mithu Sen (India).
- Digital/Video: teamLab (Japan), Chim_Pom (Japan) and Chitra Ganesh (India).
- Photography: Seung Hee Hong (South Korea), Sherman Ong (Malaysia/Singapore) and Khvay Samnang (Cambodia).
- Installation: Donna Ong (Singapore), Hannah Bertram (Australia) and Wu Chi-Tsung (Taiwan).
- Painting: Christine Ay Tjoe (Indonesia), Amir Hossein Zanjani (Iran) and Arin Dwihartanto Sunaryo (Indonesia).
Sculpture: Kohei Nawa (Japan), Ichwan Noor (Indonesia) and Meekyoung Shin (South Korea).
All the works will be showcased in Singapore during the Singapore Art Week in January, with a 3-month exhibition at ArtScience Museum.