Having completed the first round of judging for The 2021 Sovereign Asian Art Prize, what is your impression of this year’s entrants?
I was impressed by the quality of the works entered, and very interested in reading the artists’ statements that explained the process behind the creation.
Do you have any predictions on how the current global situation will affect the way buyers view the shortlisted artworks?
It is very difficult to make predictions at the moment, anecdotal evidence suggests that art sales over the internet (which is the vast majority during this crisis) tend to favour more established artists, rather than the unknown ones. It is always difficult for emerging artists to become better known or find validation, and the COVID crisis certainly isn’t making that easier.
What would you like to see come out of these market changes?
There has been much talk of transparency and whether the fact that art sales moving online will encourage more price transparency. This would be a good thing, as it allows new buyers to move into the field without the embarrassment of finding out that something they like is beyond their means. So, one good result of the crisis would be if prices were more readily available. I think this will continue beyond the crisis.