Hong Kong [May 2019] The Sovereign Art Foundation (SAF) is delighted to announce that Ahmed Javed from Pakistan has been awarded the 15th annual Sovereign Asian Art Prize for his work, Imran Qureshi Studio. Javed’s work received the highest score ever achieved by a work in the Prize.
The Prize is Asia’s longest established and most prestigious award for contemporary art. Along with the title, Ahmed Javed was awarded a trophy and US$30,000 at the Foundation’s annual Gala Dinner and Auction on May 17 in Hong Kong. The public’s favourite artwork was recognised when Munawar Ali Syed, also of Pakistan, clinched the popular vote and an award of US$1,000 with his artwork My 3rd Story in English. Fu Xiaotong, of China, the highest scoring female artist in the competition, was awarded the newly launched Vogue Hong Kong Women’s Art Prize and US$5,000 for her work 163,680 Pinpricks.
To reach the final shortlist of 30 artworks, over 70 independent art professionals from across Asia Pacific nominated 400 mid-career artists, hailing from 28 countries, for the Prize. A total of 19 countries were represented amongst the 30 finalists, making it the most geographically diverse shortlist in the history of the Prize. The entries were shortlisted by an international panel of world-class art specialists, including writer, curator and museum director David Elliott; Jan Dalley, Arts Editor of the Financial Times; Mami Kataoka, Deputy Director and Chief Curator at Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; Hong Kong architect, artist and educator William Lim; and internationally renowned artist Zhang Huan.
Local and international visitors flocked to the finalist’s exhibition that was held at HART Hall at H Queen’s, G/F 80 Queen’s Road Central in Hong Kong. Their artworks explored and encouraged discourse on a wide range of subject matters, including ideas of family, identity, growth, cultural heritage and diaspora; space, time, urban development and the spatial rhythms of modern cities. Ahmed Javed said of his win:
I can’t thank SAF enough for giving me such a platform and providing artists with this amazing opportunity. I am extremely thankful to my nominators Adeel Uz Zafar and Naiza Khan for considering my work and believing in me.