SINGAPORE, 20 January 2015—Chim↑Pom (collective formed in 2005, Japan) were named as the Overall Best Emerging Artist at the Prudential Eye Awards 2015 for Contemporary Asian Art 2015. Chim↑Pom will receive a total of US$50,000 as prize in addition to a solo exhibition at the renowned Saatchi Gallery, London later this year.
Their work conveys strong messages about Japanese society whilst being imbued with humour, wit and melancholy. The six members of the collective came together in their twenties and are becoming more known outside their native Japan, coming to critical attention with performances and interventions made in immediate response to the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant disaster. Chim↑Pom are Ushiro Ryuta, Hayashi Yasutaka, Ellie, Okada Masatake, Inaoka Motumo and Mizuno Toshinori.
Serenella Ciclitira, Founder of the Prudential Eye Programme said: “The judging process generated a healthy debate and we had a great set of winners.”
Niru Ratnam, Director of the Prudential Eye Programme described Chim↑Pom’s work as "relevant, bucking tradition, transcending national boundaries and relevant both in and beyond Asia.”
The second edition of the Prudential Eye Awards was held today at Sands Theatre at MasterCard Theatres, Marina Bay Sands. The integrated resort was the Official Partner of this much-anticipated event. This year’s Prudential Eye Awards featured 13 awards, with six categories of Best Emerging Artist, using mediums such as digital/video, drawing, installation, painting, photography and sculpture.
Launched in 2014, the prestigious annual Awards recognises the best emerging Asian contemporary artists as well as the leading exhibitions, galleries, institutions and art critics working to promote Asian contemporary art.
Works by these artists are currently on exhibition at ArtScience Museum, as part of Prudential Singapore Eye. The exhibition will run till 31 March 2015. The works are also featured in a limited edition publication by Skira.
Barry Stowe, Chief Executive of Prudential Corporation Asia said, “Prudential has a long heritage of supporting contemporary art starting with British art in the late 19th century. We are proud to be extending this support to Asia where we have been present for more than 90 years. All of these finalists provide a unique insight into the heart and soul of this constantly changing region, and we hope these Awards help them gain greater international exposure, while raising global awareness of Asian contemporary art.”
George Tanasijevich, President and Chief Executive Officer of Marina Bay Sands commented: “Marina Bay Sands is privileged to be the Official Partner for the second edition of Prudential Eye Awards. The partnership underlines our commitment to the support and recognition of emerging Asian artists in order to propel them onto the global art stage.”
The second edition of the Prudential Eye Awards featured 13 Awards, with six categories of Best Emerging Artist, using various mediums including digital/video, drawing, installation, painting, photography and sculpture. Lawrence Wong, Minister of Culture, Community and Youth, officiated at the 2015 Awards, held as part of Singapore Art Week and also made the presentation to the Overall Winner.
The winning artists
As well as being nominated the overall winner, Chim↑Pom also won in the category of Best Emerging Artist Using Digital/Video.
Each winning artist received a reward of US$20,000 at a red carpet awards ceremony at the Mastercard Sands Theatre at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore.
Mithu Sen (b.1971, India) won in the category of Drawing Best Emerging Artist Using Drawing.
Donna Ong (b.1978, Singapore) won in the category of Best Emerging Artist Using Installation,
Christine Ay Tjoe (b.1973, Indonesia) won in the category of Best Emerging Artist Using Painting
Sherman Ong (b.1971, Malaysia) won in the category of Best Emerging Artist Using Photography
Meekyoung Shin (b.1967, Korea) won in the category of Best Emerging Artist Using Sculpture
Other award winners
Contemporary Chinese artist Gu Wenda was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award for Asian Contemporary Art. The Shanghai-born artist is one of the most high-profile Asian artists in the contemporary art world, and is particularly known for his innovative use of materials whilst drawing on Chinese cultural traditions. Other category winners that were announced at the awards are FuturePerfect as ‘The Best Gallery Supporting Emerging Asian Contemporary Art and ’No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia as the Best Exhibition of Asian Contemporary Art.
Three new categories were added to this year’s award—the Best Writing on Asian Contemporary Art went to Viet Le while the Award for the Best Asian Contemporary Art Institution went to Asia Art Archive.
A new special award for Visual Culture recognizing creativity that blurs the borders of art and shows a contemporary aesthetic drive across cultural products was handed to South Korea as a country. South Korean artiste T.O.P, received the Award.
The Awards Ceremony night was one of Asia’s most high-profile contemporary art events and a highlight of Singapore Art Week, attended by finalists, judges, artists including Gu Wenda, leading curators, gallerists, art world figures and business leaders. Stars from Asia’s art and entertainment worlds joined senior figures from business and government presenting the awards. Entertainment on the evening came from one of Britain’s most talented young musicians, Anthony Strong, and the event will be aired on Fox and National Geographic channels at a later date.
The Prudential Eye Awards were founded by the Prudential Eye Programme, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to promoting and nurturing Asian artists, established by Parallel Contemporary Art in collaboration with the Saatchi Gallery. The Programme launched Prudential Singapore Eye on 17 January 2015, running alongside the Prudential Eye Awards exhibition.