ART

UOB PAINTING OF THE YEAR

Artwork inspired by the silence and serenity experienced during the
pandemic wins the 2021 UOB Painting of the Year (Malaysia) award.

‘Walk in Silence, Don’t Walk Away in Silence’, Mr Saiful Razman, 2021 UOB Painting of the Year (Malaysia)

UOB Malaysia presented the 2021 UOB Painting of the Year (Malaysia) award to 41-year-old Mr Saiful Razman for his artwork titled, ‘Walk in Silence, Don’t Walk Away in Silence’. As the winner of the prestigious award, Mr Razman received a cash prize of RM100,000 and stands a chance to win a one-month residency programme at either the renowned Fukuoka Asian Art Museum in Japan or the UOB Art Gallery in Shanghai, China.

Pushing the limits of imagination and ingenuity, Mr Razman’s artwork created during the COVID-19
pandemic was inspired by the quietness and serenity experienced during self-isolation. Through his
mixed media piece, he experimented with thin-rolled tissue paper and gauze to create ethereal, opaque
and tonal layers. At the centre of his artwork lays a haven that is pure and peaceful, designed using
simplified shapes to illustrate a house. Surrounding it is a backdrop of dimensional landscape patterns
symbolising mountains. They are displayed in a high contrast environment depicted by the shades of
colours.

Explaining his artwork and commenting on his win, Mr Razman said, “‘Walk in Silence, Don’t Walk Away
in Silence’ is a minimalistic and monochromatic artwork that subtly captures the attention of the viewer while invoking equivocal narratives. I am honoured to win the 2021 UOB Painting of the Year (Malaysia) award and I am delighted that my artwork will represent Malaysia for the overall UOB Southeast Asian Painting of the Year award.”
Ms Bibi Chew, Chief Judge of the 2021 UOB Painting of the Year (Malaysia) competition, said, “Each
year, we are extremely encouraged to see more artists challenging themselves creatively. Besides a
surge in the number of entries we received this year, we are seeing a diversity in the type of materials
and subject matters used for their artwork. We are thankful that UOB Malaysia continues to support local
artists by providing a platform to display their art, to express themselves and to voice their message
especially in unexceptionally challenging times. We are excited with Mr Saiful Razman’s win and we look
forward to seeing him compete with other UOB Painting of the Year country winners.”
Mr Razman’s painting will compete with other winning entries from Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand
for the 2021 UOB Southeast Asian Painting of the Year award, which will be announced at a virtual award
ceremony on 26 November 2021.
Mr Razman joins the ranks of past UOB Painting of the Year (Malaysia) winners, including Mr Sabri Idrus,
Ms Cheng Yen Pheng, Ms Cheong Kiet Cheng, Mr Chok Yue Zan, Ms Yim Yen Sum, Ms Minstrel Kuik
and Mr Gan Tee Sheng, who have gone on to receive national and international acclaim for their artworks.

‘Hi, Ms Jaclyn Teh Ya Zi, Emerging Artist Category: 2021 Most Promising Artist of the Year (Malaysia)

In the Emerging Artist Category, 24-year-old Ms Jaclyn Teh Ya Zi won the Most Promising Artist of the
Year award for her artwork titled ‘Hi’. The artwork is a visual representation of someone with social anxiety trying to hide from everyday interaction. Using a combination of thread, cotton and acrylic paint, Ms Teh has designed an artwork that conveys the true feelings felt by a person struggling with social anxiety and how they would react in such a situation.


Mr Wong Kim Choong, Chief Executive Officer, UOB Malaysia, said, “Although the movement control
order led to some restrictions, the UOB Painting of the Year (Malaysia) carries on albeit digitally and
virtually. This underlines the Bank’s commitment to promoting and to developing art in the country, built on the belief that art has the ability to unite community, to bring people closer together and to improve our well-being during these challenging times.
“Now in its 11th year, we continue to recognise and to elevate Malaysian artists through the UOB Painting of the Year (Malaysia) competition. This is an annual competition that uncovers homegrown talents and gives them the opportunity to display their skills across the region. Despite the current challenges, we saw many talented artists continue to persevere and to rise to the occasion by taking experiences from the pandemic as a source of inspiration for their works. The quality and mastery of the winning artworks tell a multitude of stories, including those of hope, strength, resilience and overcoming adversity. We are pleased to have received yet another year of record entries from both established and emerging artists from across the country. This is testament to the competition’s stature and reputation as one of the most recognised art competitions in the region,” Mr Wong said.

The public may view the winning paintings from the Established and Emerging Artist Categories of the
2021 UOB Painting of the Year (Malaysia) at the virtual UOB Art gallery.

2021 UOB Painting of the Year (Malaysia)
Top Winner, Established Artist Category

Artist: Saiful Razman
Title: Walk in Silence, Don’t Walk Away in Silence
Medium: Mixed media on canvas (Rolled tissue paper, medical gauze, polyvinyl adhesive, polycrylic medium and acrylic)
Size (cm): 150 x 150
2021 UOB Painting of the Year (Malaysia)
Gold, Established Artist Category

Artist: Lee Mok Yee
Title: Impermanence
Medium: Etching on zinc plate
Size (cm): 80 x 120
2021 UOB Painting of the Year (Malaysia)
Silver, Established Artist Category

Artist: Mohd Azrul Azrai bin Mohamad
Title: Ragaman (Various Behaviour)
Medium: Acrylic on fiberglass and resin
Size (cm): 118 x 150
2021 UOB Painting of the Year (Malaysia)
Bronze, Established Artist Category

Artist: Fadilah Karim
Title: Blue Tape Tangle
Medium: Oil on linen
Size (cm): 122 x 122
2021 UOB Painting of the Year (Malaysia)
Highly Commended, Established Artist Category

Artist: Lau Pik Yoke
Title: 500 Days Looking Through the Window
Medium: Mixed media on canvas (Oil, ink and fishing line)
Size (cm): 150 x 120
2021 UOB Painting of the Year (Malaysia)
Top Winner, Emerging Artist Category

Artist: Jaclyn Teh Ya Zi
Title: Hi
Medium: Mixed media on canvas (Stitching, thread, cotton and acrylic paint)
Size (cm): 178 x 84
2021 UOB Painting of the Year (Malaysia)
Gold, Emerging Artist Categoryy

Artist: Nik Ashri bin Nik Harun
Title: A Playlist for My Daughter
Medium: Mixed media on canvas (Charcoal, graphite, chalk and acrylic)
Size (cm): 75 x 180

2021 UOB Painting of the Year (Malaysia)
Silver, Emerging Artist Category

Artist: Sack Tin Lim
Title: Self Portrait – All Grown Up
Medium: Acrylic on paper
Size (cm): 90 x 180
2021 UOB Painting of the Year (Malaysia)
Bronze, Emerging Artist Category

Artist: Raden Hisbullah bin Radin Abu Bakar
Title: Contiguous Will Continue
Medium: Mixed media on canvas (Acrylic and Chinese ink)
Size (cm): 152.4 x 91.44

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