MEA Award is a biennial competition that honours the most promising young artists in Malaysia. Its main goal is to recognize the country’s top emerging talents and to give them the opportunity to break into the local and international art scenes. It is a great platform for undiscovered talents to make a name for themselves, as it provides vital exposure at the early stage of an artist’s career.
Two Way Street / 2014 / Acrylic on canvas / 96.5 x 61.5cm
The 5 artists with the highest number of votes from a panel of respected juries will receive cash prize, voucher for art materials, 10-day travel grant to a city in Southeast Asia and a showcase of their works.
Untitled/ 2014 / Acrylic on canvas / 80 x 95cm
MEA Award 2013 is organized by HOM Art Trans and Galeri Chandan in collaboration with MAP@Publika and supported by 30 Artfriends, a loose collective of thirty Southeast Asian art collectors.
Day and Night / 2014 / Acrylic on canvas / 94 x 86cm
EA Award 2014
Ten artists emerged as victors in the inaugural awards. For 2009, the list of winners is Gan Chin Lee, Mohd Al-Khuzairie Ali, Mohd Bakir Baharom, Samsudin Wahab and Shaifuddin Mamat while for 2011; Chong Ai Lei, Siund Tan, Sun Kang Jye, Ng Swee Keat & Syahbandi Samat. For 2013, Sabihis Md Pandi, Shafiq Nordin, Ong Xing Ru, Cheong Tuck Wai, Hilal Mazlan were named as the winners. Not only they received cash and voucher prizes, but each of them also received a 10-day travel grant to neighborhood country and an all-important solo & showcase exhibition on the following year.
This year, the prizes are no less lucrative and five lucky winners will receive a cash prize, vouchers for art supplies, a 10-day travel grant to 2 cities in Indonesia, a showcase for all five winners and a solo exhibition in 2015 which will give them crucial exposure in Malaysian contemporary art scene.
Siapa Kepala? / 2014 / Woodblock & woodcut print on canvas / 244 x 244cm
With the Malaysian art scene growing at a rapid pace, awards like MEA truly offer emerging artists a chance to stand out, while audiences also benefit from the exposure of fresh talent, exciting ideas, and new artworks.
Hooreyy !!! Supercow Coming !!! / 2014 / Acrylic & linoink on canvas / 186 x 238cm
The Two Genarations / 2014 / Acrylic, burn, image transfer & paste on canvas / 150 x 95cm
Splashing Moments I / 2014 / Oil, acrylic, burn, transfer image & paste on canvas / 145 x 91.5cm
Splashing Moments II / 2014 / Acrylic, burn, image transfer & paste on canvas / 150 x 35cm /
Splashing Moments III / 2014 / Oil, acrylic, burn, image transfer & paste on canvas / 150 x 175cm
1, 2, 3 Say Cheese II / 2014 / Acylic, burn, image transfer & paste on canvas / 150 x 95cm
Mecha Study / 2014 / Electric motor, Steel cable, fibre glass & steel / 66 x 84 x 42cm
Flying Fleet Second Revise I / 2014 / Electric motor, fibre glass, steel & steel cable / 145 x 22 x 74cm
Mecha of Oblivion/ 2014 / Electric motor, fibre glass, steel & steel cable / 170 x 68 x 164cm /
Courtesy of Chandan Galeri