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Tsang Kin Wah Named Recipient Of The 2005 Sovereign Asian Art Prize


The Sovereign Art Foundation is excited to announce and congratulate Tsang Kin Wah from Hong Kong with his piece, I Love You, as the winner of the 2005 Sovereign Asian Art Prize receiving a US$25,000 cash prize.

This was announced shortly after a panel of judges had spent the morning deliberating the top 30 finalists that are currently being exhibited at IFC Mall, until 1 May 2005. Jeffrey Aranita, last year's Sovereign Asian Art Prize-winner and one of this year's judges commented that 'The Sovereign Asian Art Prize provides a challenging and unique platform to judge pan-Asian art' and that 'Tsang's work demonstrates a nice integration of technique and approach to the concerns of contemporary art'.

Other members on the distinguished panel included, Dr Christina Chu, Chief Curator of the Hong Kong Museum of Art, Claire Hsu, Executive Director of the Asia Art Archives and Professor Kurt Chan from the department of fine arts at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Tsang Kin Wah has taken part in various exhibitions around Hong Kong, China and the UK and was a finalist in the 2004 Sovereign Asian Art Prize. His works can be found in the Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong Heritage Museum, Camberwell College of Arts, Chinese University of Hong Kong and with private collectors around the world.

In the prize winning piece, I Love You, Tsang questions what love is. "Does 'I love you' mean someone loves the other spiritually and emotionally? Or does it mean that someone loves the physicality of another body? The beauty, the body her breast, his face... Or maybe what they love is not the person but their money, cars, houses, credit card... all things material', says Tsang.

The exhibition will continue on until 1 May 2005 and the public are invited to vote for their favourite painting. The winner of the public vote prize, 'The Schoeni' prize will receive US$1,000 and all those who vote for that winner will also have a chance to win two business class return tickets to Bali from Hong Kong onboard Cathay Pacific Airways. People can also vote through the Foundation's website at

The top 29 finalists (winning piece remains property of The Foundation) will be auctioned off at a gala dinner that is being sponsored by Bvlgari and auctioned by Ian McGinlay of Christie's. This partnership between The Foundation and Bvlgari is an exciting one as they share the same vision in the continuing development or art and artistic design in Asia.

The gala event will be held on the 20th May 2005 at Lumiere and Cuisine/Cuisine, IFC Mall. Tickets are available for HK$1500 per person with tables of 12. There will also be a special Bvlgari watch that will be given to the highest bidder of the evening.

50% of the hammer price will go back to the artists and the remaining 50% goes towards the charitable aims of The Sovereign Art Foundation. Last year proceeds went to set up The Sovereign Art Foundation Fellowship in conjunction with the Asian Cultural Council as well as the Peace Art Project Cambodia (whose sculpture can be seen at the finalists' exhibition) and other local community art events.

For more information please contact Tiffany Pinkstone, Tel: +852 2542 1177, or +852 6102 8107 or