Ben Quilty wins Prudential Eye Awards and a show at Saatchi Gallery - Art Collector

Ben Quilty, Griggs, 2012. Oil on linen, 160 x 170cm. Courtesy: the artist, Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane and Prudential Eye Awards, Singapore

22 January 2014 | Ben Quilty has been awarded the main prize at the inaugural Prudential Eye Awards for Contemporary Asian Art, winning USD$50,000 and a solo exhibition at London's Saatchi Gallery.

The award was announced at the glamorous opening ceremony in Singapore over the weekend which was attended by the shortlisted artists, the judging panel and preeminent regional and international curators, galleriests, art world figures and business leaders.

There were five Prudential Eye Award categories: digital/video, installation, painting, photography and sculpture, and the overall winner was chosen from the category winners.

Trent Parke, Untitled, 2004. Pigment print, 144 x 98cm. Courtesy: the artist, Stills Gallery, Sydney and Prudential Eye Awards, Singapore

The winners are New Zealand born and Australian based artist Daniel Crooks for digital/video, Indonesian artist Jompet Kuswidananto for installation, Adelaide based artist Trent Parke for photography, Seoul based artist Seoung Wook Sim for sculpture, and Sydney born Ben Quilty for painting and the overall prize.

The Prudential Eye Awards worked with specialists in Asian art from around the globe, who nominated two artists from greater Asia to be considered in any of the five categories. The shortlisted artists were then invited to submit up to four pieces of work produced within the past five years that represent their artistic achievements.

Quilty exhibited his paintings
Griggs, pictured at top, Smashed Rorschach (2009), Dad with peacock feather hair (2013) and The Island (2013). Trent Parke exhibited two works from his travels around Australia in the mid 2000s, Untitled, pictured directly above and After the Rodeo, Harts Range NT (2004), and a 66 page artist book made last year titled The Lifesaver from To The Sea. Crooks exhibited Static No.19 (shibuya Rorschach), pictured below, and Pan No.11 (cross-platform transfer) (2013), Pan No.9 (doppelgänger) (2012) and A Garden of Parallel Paths (2012).

Daniel Crooks, Static No.19 (shibuya rorscharch, 2012. Single channel HD video, 16:9, colour, sound, 6 min 3 sec. Courtesy: the artist, Anna Schwatrz Gallery, Melbourne and Sydney and Prudential Eye Awards, Singapore

The judging panel for the Prudential Eye Awards comprised Serenella Ciclitira, founder of non profit organisation Parallel Contemporary Art; Andreї Erofeev, independent curator and critic; Sir David Green, former director-general for the British Council; Tan Boon Hui, group director of programmes at the National Heritage Board of Singapore; Nigel Hurst, CEO of Saatchi Gallery; Lee Young Hye, president and publisher of Designhouse Inc. and creative director of Gwangju Design Biennale; and Nick Mitzevich, director of the Art Gallery of South Australia.

Quilty will hold his solo show at Saatchi Gallery towards the end of this year. According to
The Art Newspaper, Saatchi Gallery has hosted ten out of the top 15 most visited exhibitions in London over the past four years.

The Prudential Eye Awards exhibition runs until 5 February 2014 in the Crescent Room at Suntec City Mall in Singapore.

Alexandra Djurichkovic

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