Rising stars draw on their talents

Rising stars draw on their talents

A new competition has set out to showcase the works of young artists and inspire students to turn to the arts

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(from left) junior reporters Keith Lee, Jackson Ng, Sophie Cheung and Cassandra Lee at the event.
(from left) junior reporters Keith Lee, Jackson Ng, Sophie Cheung and Cassandra Lee at the event.
Photo: David Wong/SCMP
The Sovereign Art Foundation Pacsafe Schools Prize 2012 was launched to celebrate the importance of art in education and recognise the quality of student art in Hong Kong. The award presentation ceremony was held in late February at the Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre in Central. The event saw the artworks of the 20 finalists exhibited and two major prizes - the First and Public Vote prizes - presented. Young Post is a media partner of the event. Our junior reporters spoke to the winners and judges ...



First Prize winner Alex Chan with his artwork. Photo: David Wong

Alex Chan Ming-yeung, a former student of Tseung Kwan O Government Secondary School, won the First Prize with his artwork River Crab Society, an acrylic on canvas. It features both negative and positive aspects of Hong Kong. Images of poor farmers and migrant workers are set in contrast to smiling locals living the good life. The 18-year-old became interested in art in Primary Four. It took almost a year to complete the art piece, he said. Chan, who is studying advertising design at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, received HK$5,000 in prize money.

Jackson Ng



Junior reporters Jackson Ng (left) and Keith Lee interview Public Vote Prize winner Hannah Tsang. Photo: Emily Shih

The Public Vote Prize went to Sunset & Sunrise, an oil painting with a beautiful sunset on one side and a stunning sunrise on the other. It was created by Hannah Tsang Hei-nam from TWGHs Wong Fung Ling College. Tsang's inspiration for the artwork came from a sunset she saw over the Yacht Club in Causeway Bay. It took her a year to finish her oil painting. Previously she used to do sketches and watercolours.

"After a few attempts, I was thrilled I could draw what I wanted," she said. She first started drawing in Form Three and has since been practising various drawing techniques.

Keith Lee



Judge Howard Bilton (left) and John Hanafin, managing director of The Sovereign Group (Middle East), with winner Alex Chan. Photo: David Wong

Howard Bilton, founder and chairman of The Sovereign Art Foundation, said he was "surprised and delighted at the quality of the works", which compared favourably with those of established artists. "The winning entry, River Crab Society, received the highest total score and it's the winner for me, too," Bilton said. "It's detailed, skilful, and is an interesting take on a communist poster." It contains a "semi-political message" criticising governmental manipulation, making it more than just a picture.

"You cannot call yourself a civilised society without art," Bilton added. "We'd like to encourage the next generation of artists to get in the art scene."

Cassandra Lee



Sophie Cheung with Rob Schlipper. Photo: David Wong

Rob Schlipper is CEO of Pacsafe, a company that makes anti-theft bags and a major sponsor of the event. Schlipper, who was one of the judges, felt that this year's entries were excellent when it came to execution and technical skill. When selecting the best piece, the judges wanted to understand the message and intent of each artist. Schlipper said that for him first impressions were often the most important. In other words, an art piece had to grab his attention and captivate him. His personal favourite is a photograph collage, in which each photo was taken to form the Chinese character for "love". It includes many aspects of Hong Kong, which were then meticulously put together in the collage.

Sophie Cheung

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