In keeping up with the pace of today’s modern world, ‘I Thought, We Can Stay Strong Like Stones’ by Chok Yue Zan highlights the importance of protecting and preserving family ties.
United Overseas Bank (Malaysia) (UOB) has chosen Chok Yue Zan as the winner of 2017 UOB Painting of the Year (Malaysia) Award for his painting entitled I Thought, We Can Stay Strong Like Stones. The painting, which is the artist’s impression of an old family photograph, was chosen among four finalists in the Established Artist category at this year’s UOB Painting of the Year (Malaysia) competition.
Impressed with his creativity, technical skill and use of mixed media to evoke feelings of nostalgia, Ms. Beverly Yong, Head Judge of the 2017 UOB Painting of the Year (Malaysia) competition and founder of Rogue Art said that the painting stood out for how Chok connected personal and emotional stories to natural environment and how much is at stake as it begins to disappear.
Explaining his artwork, Chok said, “I hope my art draws the viewer back to a simpler time when family relationships seemed permanent and strong, like stone. I hope my painting will remind people about the importance of family ties and the need to protect and to preserve such ties before it is too late.”
As the 2017 UOB Painting of the Year (Malaysia) Award winner, Chok received a cash prize of US$25,000 (RM105,000). His painting will be up against other winning entries from Indonesia, Singapore, and Thailand for the overall regional prize. The 2017 UOB Southeast Asian Painting of the Year Award will be announced on 8 November 2017. With his national victory, Chok is also eligible to compete for a one-month residency programme with the prestigious Fukuoka Asian Art Museum.
Established Artist Category (Malaysia)
2017 UOB Painting of the Year, Malaysia: Chok Yue Zan, I Thought, We Can Stay Strong Like Stones
Gold Award: Haris Abadi Bin Abdul Rahim, Sacred Space
Silver Award: Seah Ze Lin, Homeland
Bronze Award: Tiong Chai Heing, The Desolate Echo
Emerging Artist Category (Malaysia)
Most Promising Artist of the Year, Malaysia: Ong Heng Fuong, Town, No.20
Gold Award: Ong Cai Bin, Peep’s World
Silver Award: Muadz Bin Abd Rahim, Ghost Town Story
Bronze Award: Wong Choon Sian, Fetch My Granddaughter Home
The winning paintings from the Established and Emerging Artist categories of the 2017 UOB Painting of the Year (Malaysia) competition is now exhibited alongside past year winners at PORT Commune, No. 3, Jalan 51/201, Seksyen 51, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia until 13 November 2017. The exhibition is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. Admission is free.
*Images courtesy of UOB Malaysia.