Not-for-profit organisation Art Outreach has upped their game this year with the announcement of the IMPART, a $20,000 cash prize and artist residency award for painters and sculptors from Singapore. The residency offered is held at Hubei Institute of Fine Arts, China in 2018.
The premise is simple: Art Outreach wants to contribute to the practices of emerging artists. To this end, they have done what they do best: fundraising. In partnership with Marina Bay Sands and as part of their Sands for Singapore Charity Festival, works from local and foreign artists were sold in a charity auction conducted during a gala dinner hosted by Marina Bay Sands. Part of the proceeds for the dinner and auction were used for IMPART while the rest would be earmarked for Art Outreach’s beneficiaries.
The two artist recipients for the debut edition of IMPART are Khairullah Rahim and Justin Lim.
A BA graduate from LASALLE, works by Khairullah have been receiving increasing attention in recent years by both the local and international scene. In 2016, for his second solo exhibition, next Sunday, he revealed a new series of sculptures that integrate, with greater sophistication than before, found objects. These sculptures are produced through adding on new elements onto what is essentially an invisible canvas, creating three-dimensional work that demonstrate his mastery of composition and form. These were presented alongside paintings like Smells like Sweet Cologne that challenged the two dimensional nature of the medium through interesting experimentations with coloured light and installation methods, a foray into a three-dimensional painting practice. Photographs were also exhibited in next Sunday.
It has been a really good year for Khairullah, who has also been awarded the competitive AIR Taipei Residency last month. His next show would be something to look out for. Find out more about Khairullah on his website here.
Justin Lim may only receive his BA degree this year but that is no reason to think that he is “only a student”. This emerging artist has been working hard and receiving attention in Singapore and, in 2016, Japan and America. Lim’s work is phenomenal for its demonstration of technical finesse with the pencil, or graphite. Each drawing is never just a still life but also communicates meaningfully as a kind of contemporary vanitas, a meditation upon mortality and life. His renditions of over polished and aestheticised visions of dying flora and fauna and skulls strikes a powerful tension with his lifelike methodology.
Find out more about Lim on his website here.
One IMPART award was also given to an emerging curator this year, Kamilliah Bahdar, soon-to-be graduate of MRes Spaces of the Curatorial programme administered by the NTU Art, Design Media department in collaboration with NTU Centre of Contemporary Art.
All three winners were chosen by: Mr. Tan Boon Hui, Director of the Asia Society Museum, Mr. Russel Storer, Senior Curator of the National Gallery Singapore, Ms. Aw Kah Peng, GM Global Commercial Strategy Development of Shell Eastern Petroleum, Ms. Honor Harger, Executive Director of ArtScience Museum, Mr. Fang Lijun, Artist, Ms. Paige Parker, Patron, Collector and Advocate and Mr. Darrell Ang, Conductor of the Sichuan Symphony Orchestra.