Paintings that highlight the impact of change and development win the 2017 UOB Painting of the Year (Malaysia) Award

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Group photo of the winners and judges of the 2017 UOB Painting of the Year (Malaysia): Emerging Artist Bronze Award winner, Mr Wong Choon Sian; Emerging Artist Gold Award winner representative, Ms. Lau Pik Yoke; Established Artist Bronze Award winner, Ms. Tiong Chai Heing; Established Artist Gold Award winner, Mr Haris Abadi Bin Abdul Rahim; Judge, Ms Bibi Chew; Head Judge, Ms Beverly Yong; Ms Shamillia Sivathambu, Head Of Strategic Communications UOB Malaysia; Judge, Mr Faizal Sidik; 2017 Painting of the Year (Malaysia) winner, Mr Chok Yue Zan; and Silver Award winner, Established Artist representative, Ms Chen Lee Sun, 2017 Most Promising Artist of the Year (Malaysia) winner representative Mr Ong Seng Chee; Gold Award winner,  and Emerging Artist Silver Award winner, Mr Muadz Bin Abd Rahim.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 12 October 2017 – United Overseas Bank (Malaysia) Bhd (UOB Malaysia) today awarded the 2017 UOB Painting of the Year (Malaysia) Award to Mr Chok Yue Zan for his painting titled ‘I Thought, We Can Stay Strong Like Stones’. With his win, Mr Chok joins the ranks of illustrious past UOB Painting of the Year winners including Ms. Yim Yen Sum and Ms Minstrel Kuik who have gone on to receive national and international acclaim through their many group and solo exhibitions.

The painting, which is the artist’s impression of an old family photograph, was chosen among four finalists in the Established Artist category at this year’s UOB Painting of the Year (Malaysia) competition. The 23-year old artist impressed a panel of art experts* with his creativity, technical skill and use of mixed media to evoke feelings of nostalgia. The painting highlights how familial relationships can change and sometimes fracture in keeping pace with the modern world.

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Ms Shamillia Sivathambu, Head Of Strategic Communications UOB Malaysia (centre) with the winners in the Established Artist Category (Malaysia): (from left ro right) Bronze Award winner, Ms. Tiong Chai Heing;  Gold Award winner, Mr Haris Abadi Bin Abdul Rahim; 2017 Painting of the Year (Malaysia) winner, Mr Chok Yue Zan;  and Silver Award winner representative, Ms Chen Lee Sun.

Ms. Beverly Yong, Head Judge of the 2017 UOB Painting of the Year (Malaysia) competition and founder of Rogue Art said, “I was impressed by the intelligent way in which the artist brings together different layers of concept and different approaches to his material. Among the many works submitted, his painting stood out for how he connected our personal and emotional stories to our natural environment and how much is at stake as it begins to disappear.”

As the 2017 UOB Painting of the Year (Malaysia) Award winner, Mr Chok received a cash prize of US$25,000 (RM105,000). His painting will be up against other winning entries from Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand for the overall regional prize. The 2017 UOB Southeast Asian Painting of the Year Award will be announced on 8 November 2017. Mr Chok will also be eligible to compete for a one-month residency programme with the prestigious Fukuoka Asian Art Museum.

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 Ms Shamillia Sivathambu, Head Of Strategic Communications UOB Malaysia (centre) with the winners in the Emerging Artist Category (Malaysia): (from left to right) Bronze Award winner, Mr Wong Choon Sian, 2017 Most Promising Artist of the Year (Malaysia) winner representative, Mr Ong Seng Chee ; Gold Award winner representative, Ms. Lau Pik Yoke and Silver Award winner, Mr Muadz Bin Abd Rahim 

Explaining his artwork, Mr Chok said, “I hope my art draws the viewer back to a simpler time when family relationships seemed permanent and strong, like stone. I hope my painting will remind people about the importance of family ties and the need to protect and to preserve such ties before it is too late. I am delighted to receive this award and I look forward to representing Malaysia at the UOB Southeast Asian Painting of the Year Award in Singapore next month.”

In the Emerging Artist category, 21-year old Mr Ong Hieng Fuong won the UOB Most Promising Artist of the Year award for his painting titled ‘Town, No.20’. Using a technical pen to create fine strokes of ink wash on paper, the artist paints an aerial view of a town in the early stages of development. Mr Ong’s painting reflects a time when towns were less densely populated and more surrounded by nature.

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2017 UOB Painting of the Year, Malaysia: Mr Chok Yue Zan with his painting titled ‘I Thought, We Can Stay Strong Like Stones’

Now, in its seventh year, the UOB Painting of the Year (Malaysia) competition is UOB Malaysia’s long-term commitment to encourage and to support the development of Malaysian and Southeast Asian art and artists. It aims to provide local artists with an international stage to showcase their work and to promote greater appreciation for art within Malaysia and across the region.

Mr Wong Kim Choong, Chief Executive Officer, UOB Malaysia, congratulated the winners and said this year’s winning paintings were both inspiring and thought provoking.

“This year, the 2017 UOB Painting of the Year (Malaysia) competition featured works of art that evoked feelings of nostalgia and forced us to examine what the concept of change means to each of us. With the advent of technology, larger populations and the rapid urbanisation of rural towns, change is inevitable. How we interpret and negotiate this change is what is important. Such is the power of art, to stir emotions and to raise questions within us that have the potential to bring about positive change to our environment, our communities and our people,” Mr Wong said.

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Town, No.20 the painting by Mr Ong Heng Fuong  won 2017 Most Promising Artist of the Year at the 2017 UOB Painting of the Year (Malaysia).

The winning paintings from the Established and Emerging Artist categories of the 2017 UOB Painting of the Year (Malaysia) competition will be exhibited alongside past year winners at PORT Commune, No. 3, Jalan 51/201, Seksyen 51, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia from 13 October to 13 November 2017. The exhibition is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. Admission is free.

*The judges of the 2017 UOB Painting of the Year (Malaysia) competition include Ms. Beverly Yong, RogueArt Founder and Valentine Willie Fine Art Curator (Head Judge), Ms. Bibi Chew, Contemporary, Conceptual and Multi-disciplinary Artist and Mr Faizal Sidik, Curator of the National Visual Arts Gallery of Malaysia.

 

Established Artist Category (Malaysia)

2017 UOB Painting of the Year, Malaysia: Mr Chok Yue Zan, I Thought, We Can Stay Strong Like Stones 

Gold Award: Mr Haris Abadi Bin Abdul Rahim, Sacred Space

Silver Award: Mr Seah Ze Lin, Homeland

Bronze Award: Ms. Tiong Chai Heing, The Desolate Echo

Emerging Artist Category (Malaysia)

Most Promising Artist of the Year, Malaysia: Mr Ong Heng Fuong, Town, No.20

Gold Award: Ms. Ong Cai Bin, Peep’s World    

Silver Award: Mr Muadz Bin Abd Rahim, Ghost Town Story

Bronze Award: Mr Wong Choon Sian, Fetch My Granddaughter Home

 

About United Overseas Bank (Malaysia) Bhd

United Overseas Bank (Malaysia) Bhd (UOB Malaysia) is a subsidiary of Singapore-based United Overseas Bank Limited and has had a presence in Malaysia since 1951.  UOB Malaysia offers an extensive range of commercial and personal financial services through its branches, subsidiaries and associate companies: commercial lending, investment banking, treasury services, trade services, cash management, home loans, credit cards, wealth management, and bancassurance products.

In line with the UOB Group’s regional corporate social responsibility initiatives focusing on children, education and the arts, UOB Malaysia has organised the annual UOB Heartbeat Run since 2008 to raise funds for charity. In 2011, UOB Malaysia established the inaugural Painting of the Year Competition and Exhibition.

For further information, please visit www.uob.com.my.

 

About UOB Painting of the Year

UOB’s focus on championing art as a key pillar of its corporate social responsibility programme began in Singapore more than 40 years ago. The annual UOB Painting of the Year competition first ran in Malaysia in 2011 and is the Bank’s flagship art programme.

Over the years, the competition has seen well-known Malaysian artists compete at both the local and regional levels. Past years’ competition winners include Ms. Yim Yen Sum, Mr Gan Tee Sheng and Ms. Minstrel Kuik who took home the main prize and attended the a month-long residency programme at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum.

 

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