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Ahmed Javed’s Imran Qureshi Studio. Photo: The Sovereign Art Foundation.
Ahmed Javed’s Imran Qureshi Studio. Photo: The Sovereign Art Foundation.

Ahmed Javed Awarded $30,000 Sovereign Asian Art Prize

Ahmed Javed, the Pakistani visual artist who draws inspiration from the traditional South Asian style of painting called Mughal miniature painting, will receive this year’s $30,000 Sovereign Asian Art Prize. The winner was announced at a gala dinner hosted by the Sovereign Art Foundation (SAF) in Hong Kong on Friday, May 17.

The artist was recognized for his Imran Qureshi Studio, a gouache-and-gold-leaf work on Wasli paper, which depicts his mentor Imran Qureshi. Rather than depict royalty like the old masters of miniature paintings, Javed paints scenes from daily life. Commenting on his win, Javed said: “I can't thank SAF enough for giving me such a platform and providing artists with this amazing opportunity. I am extremely thankful to my nominators Adeel Uz Zafar and Naiza Khan for considering my work and believing in me.”

The foundation also revealed that Chinese artist Fu Xiaotong was named the winner of the inaugural $5,000 Vogue Hong Kong Women’s Art Prize. Fu was selected for her relief 163,680 PINPRICKS. The artist uses traditional embroidery tools to create three-dimensional spaces on rice paper. In addition, Pakistani artist Munawar Ali Syed was awarded the $1,000 Public Vote Prize for his My 3rd Story in English. The work on paper conveys the artist’s difficulty learning English while living in a city where residents have many native tongues, but have adopted English as their common language.

The prize jury comprised arts editor of the Financial Times Jan Dalley; art historian and veteran museum director David Elliott; Chinese performance artist Zhang Huan; deputy director and chief curator of Tokyo’s Mori Art Museum Mami Kataoka; and Hong Kong architect and collector William Lim.

Among the thirty finalists for the awards are Nicola Anthony, Eric Fok, Katsumi Hayakawa, Shreyas Karle, Valerie Ng, Chanmin Park, Ashmina Ranjit, Naveed Sadiq, and Sawangwongse Yawnghwe.