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American Ginseng sculpture wins Harper’s BAZAAR Art Prize

Singapore, 19 January 2016 - The inaugural Harper’s BAZAAR Art Prize competition themed ‘Uniquely Asian’ was launched in 2015 to commemorate Singapore’s 50th anniversary. A competitive platform for aspiring and emerging artists in Singapore to showcase their talent, over 150 entries were received for the four categories - Oil/Acrylic on Canvas, Ink/Watercolour on Paper, Photography and Sculpture.

The Grand Prize went to Hu Qiren for his piece ‘American Ginseng’. He walked away with a cash prize of SGD10,000. Hu chose ginseng as an inspiration for his piece as it is commonly used in Chinese medicine and its century-old roots are highly priced. The US exports ginseng roots, mainly to Hong Kong and China, with American Ginseng fetching the highest price. The installation references a section of a traditional Chinese medicine hall with the American Ginseng placed on the top shelf, according to value.  When asked about how he would be using his prize money, Hu laughed and said: “I’m going to make even better work in the future.”

The other category winners were:
· Ink/Watercolour on Paper: Kristie Sim Ze Ming – ‘Metamorphosis’
· Oil/Acrylic on Canvas: Fiona Koh Li Ping – ‘Hardship of Happiness’
· Photography: Jay Yao Yahan – ‘Reflections’
In collaboration with Robinsons, the Harper’s BAZAAR Art Prize exhibition showcases works of the 12 finalists, along with a specially curated selection across various genres to showcase the artists’ take on the theme 'Uniquely Asian'.

The judging panel included Kenneth Goh, BAZAAR’s Editor-in-Chief; Christophe Cann, Group CEO of Robinsons Group; Dr Susie Lingham, Director of the Singapore Art Museum; Hazel Lim, Fine Arts Programme Leader at LaSalle College of the Arts; Lorenzo Rudolf, Founder and Director of Art Stage Singapore; and Bala Starr, Director of the Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore.

The exhibition is held at Robinsons Heeren Level 5 till 31 January 2016.

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Charmaine Tan
Manager, Marketing 
Harper's BAZAAR
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Corporate Communications & CSR Division
Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
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