Promoting Creativity

Zhao, Deer Park, Japan, from the series Natural History,Archival Pigment Print,111 x 74 x 4cm,Edition 4/5 + 1 AP. Courtesy the artist and the Sovereign Art Foundation


2018 Sovereign Asian Art Prize Finalists Revealed

The Sovereign Art Foundation has announced the top 30 finalists of The 2018 Sovereign Asian Art Prize – the 14th edition of Asia's most prestigious prize for contemporary artists.

Over 70 independent art professionals from across Asia Pacific nominated 328 mid-career artists into the Prize, resulting in more than 530 artworks entered from nominees in 28 territories around the region.

The entries were shortlisted by an international panel of world-class art specialists including Alexandra A. Seno, Head of Development at Asia Art Archive in Hong Kong; David Elliott, writer, curator and museum Director; Fumio Nanjo, Director of the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo and Art Education International Director of Hong Kong Arts School; Jan Dalley, Arts Editor of the Financial Times; and Rashid Rana, celebrated contemporary artist. Nominators are typically art critics, lecturers and independent curators who work closely with artists in their respective regions. The selected artists represent cutting edge contemporary art practice from the countries in which they work and reside. This year's shortlisted artworks span a variety of mediums and include a lyrical, music-inspired bronze sculpture, a highly textured oil painting that employs the use of the 'impasto' technique and an intricately hand-painted ceramic work. The works comment on topics such as identity, cultural heritage and displacement, time and memory, social pressures and political tension, amongst others. The shortlisted artists are:


From 26 April – 5 May, 2018, all shortlisted artworks will go on show at HART Hall at H Queen's, G/F 80 Queen's Road Central in Hong Kong. From 8 May – 10 May, 2018, the works can be seen at The James Christie Room at Christie's, 22/F Alexandra House, 18 Chater Road in Hong Kong.  

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