Winners of Prudential Eye Awards announced

Winners of Prudential Eye Awards announced
Australian painter Ben Quilty was the overall winner at the Prudential Eye Awards last night at Suntec City.
Australian painter Ben Quilty named overall winner, gets prize money and a solo exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery in London
Published: 4:17 PM, January 19, 2014
Updated: 5:40 PM, January 20, 2014

SINGAPORE - Russian outfit Pussy Riot may have been the biggest draw at the Prudential Eye Awards for Contemporary Asian Art 2014 held last night, but in the end it was Daniel Crooks (digital/video), Ben Quilty (painting), Jompet Kuswidananto (installation), Trent Parke (photography) and Seoung Wook Sim (sculpture) who emerged as winners in their respective categories.

Each artist was awarded a prize of US$20,000 (S$25,518.70) at the awards ceremony held at Suntec City, Singapore.

Australian painter Quilty was also named as the overall winner for the Eye Awards for Contemporary Asian Art 2014, receiving a further US$30,000 and a solo exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery, London, slated for this summer.

Nigel Hurst, CEO, Saatchi Gallery and panellist judge said: “On behalf of my fellow judges I would like to congratulate the winners of the Eye Awards for making such exceptional art. I would especially like to congratulate Ben Quilty and we look forward to showing his work at the Saatchi Gallery later this year.”

The internationally acclaimed Chinese artist Liu Xiaodong was honoured for his contribution to the world of Asia art with the Audemars Piguet Outstanding Contribution to Contemporary Asian Art. The Singapore Biennale took the Skira International Asian Art Exhibition of the Year; and Galerie Chandan in Kuala Lumpur, was recognised with the START Most Promising Asian Gallery award for its pioneering work.

The Prudential Singapore Young Artist Award presented by Prudential Singapore and the British Council recognised shortlisted young artists from LASALLE College of the Arts and Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts across five categories. James John Dycoco from NAFA was given the Prudential Singapore Young Artist Award for his photographic work.

Serenella Ciclitira, founder of Parallel Contemporary Art said: “So much exciting work is being produced in Asia and it is our aim to show the world the diversity and dynamism of contemporary Asian art. Hopefully the awards will broaden our understanding of the talent in the region.”

The Prudential Eye Awards were founded by the Global 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. Prudential is the title sponsor of the Awards, having supported Indonesian Eye (2011) and Hong Kong Eye (2013) exhibitions, and Malaysian Eye (coming soon in March 2014). To date, the Global Eye Programme has held 17 exhibitions worldwide and been viewed by over two million people.

Over 500 nominations for the Prudential Eye Awards for Contemporary Asian Art came from 30 countries throughout Asia. The work of all 20 shortlisted artists has been brought together in an exhibition at Suntec City that will run until Feb 5.