Malaysian artist Saiful Razman has won the 2021 UOB Southeast Asian Painting of the Year (POY) award for his artwork titled Walk in Silence, Don’t Walk Away in Silence. Razman’s artwork was chosen from among the country winners of the 2021 UOB POY competitions held in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. His winning piece was selected from among a record high number of entries the competition has received in its 40-year history.

Walk in Silence, Don’t Walk Away in Silence was inspired by the quietness and serenity of self-isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic. At the centre of the minimalistic and monochromatic artwork features a haven in the shape of a house that is pure and peaceful, while the surrounding dimensional landscape patterns symbolise mountains. The creative use of thin-rolled tissue paper and medical gauze on the artwork creates the delicate texture that reflects the current pandemic situation, captivating the panel of judges from the four Southeast Asian countries.

Keane Tan wins the 2021 UOB Painting of the Year (Singapore) Award in the Established Artist Category. Tan, 22, was presented the 2021 UOB POY (Singapore) award for his painting titled A Dramatic Cinematic for Our Century. The three-time award recipient of the competition illustrated a scene of Singapore’s iconic Merlion Park, with crashing blue waves in a highly-graphic and dramatised style.

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