Pieces from their heart

> This year’s win­ners of Nando’s Art Ini­tia­tive will be able to share their master­pieces with the pub­lic in an up­com­ing ex­hi­bi­tion

The Sun (Malaysia) - - FEATURE -

FOR NINE years, the Nando’s Art Ini­tia­tive has con­trib­uted to the list of tal­ented, up-and-com­ing artists in Malaysia, with past win­ners like Ali Bebit, Nik Shazmie, Nik Shah­fiz, Cedric Cha, Faiz Yunus, and Hirzaq Haris hav­ing been given the chance to make their mark in the Malaysian art in­dus­try.

They are joined by Siti Nor Hi­dayah Mo­hamad Mokhtar and Yau Boon Han, who are this year’s grand prize win­ners of the Fine Art and Dig­i­tal Art cat­e­gories re­spec­tively.

Siti’s mas­ter­piece Drama Tragedi is in­spired by An­cient Greek the­atre tragedies, and sees her demon­strate her artis­tic skills on tiles.

Yau’s Jun­gle Boy, on the other hand, is an ar­rest­ing piece de­signed to il­lus­trate the mes­sage of beauty be­hind soli­tude.

For be­ing the grand prize win­ners, the two will each get a space to hold a solo ex­hi­bi­tion as well as a men­tor­ing pro­gramme, RM5,000 cash prize, and Nando’s vouch­ers worth RM500.

Last year’s theme, ‘Your Art Your Story’, was car­ried over to this year’s.

Ac­cord­ing to Mac Chung Lynn, the group CEO of Nando’s Chick­en­land Malaysia and Sin­ga­pore, the theme was such a huge suc­cess that Nando’s Art Ini­tia­tive or­gan­is­ers have de­cided they “wanted to do it again of­fi­cially from now on”.

“It al­lows our stu­dents and artists to get more cre­ative, [and] to re­ally just ex­press them­selves in dif­fer­ent ways,” Mac added.

Sit­ting on the judg­ing panel with Mac and Nando’s Chick­en­land Malaysia CEO Stephen Chew were no­table in­di­vid­u­als in the lo­cal art scene such as Ran­tai Art Fes­ti­val founder Hakim Alias, Run­ning Snail Art Stu­dio co-founder and cre­ative di­rec­tor Chong Fei Giap as well as past Nando’s Art Ini­tia­tive win­ner Na­jib Ah­mad Ba­mad­haj.

Also on board was NN Gallery’s Syed Na­bil Syed Na­har who is also Nando’s Art Ini­tia­tive chief ad­viser.

Mac re­vealed that go­ing through all the en­tries was not an easy feat for the judges be­cause of the num­ber of thought-pro­vok­ing master­pieces.

She said: “[Each] art­work un­veiled left us feel­ing over­whelmed yet in awe of the amaz­ing tal­ents … It’s been an hon­our to work with a great judg­ing team this year with their cre­ative ex­per­tise to eval­u­ate each art piece.”

All works were judged based on orig­i­nal­ity and cre­ativ­ity, story con­cept and ideas, qual­ity of de­sign and com­po­si­tion, use of medium and artis­tic fin­ish, and the over­all im­pres­sion.

First run­ners-up prize win­ners were Haz Yusup (Dig­i­tal Art) and Syed Muham­mad If­tah Syed Ab­dul­lah (Fine Art), each re­ceiv­ing RM3,000 cash and Nando’s vouch­ers worth RM500.

Sec­ond run­ners-up Nik Mohd Shah­fiz Nik Shairozi (Dig­i­tal Art) and Chan Hsieh Hua (Fine Art) were each awarded RM2,000 cash and Nando’s vouch­ers worth RM500.

Con­so­la­tion prize win­ners Lim Si Ting, Muham­mad Suhaimi Ali, Wan Yin Khei, Naim Harith Sai­ful Bahrin, Yong Yeat Fhan, and Teow Hai Way also walked away with Nando’s vouch­ers worth RM500 each.

These win­ners will be part of a group ex­hi­bi­tion to be or­gan­ised by Nando’s at a later date.

All win­ning art­works will be open for pub­lic view­ing from Sept 27 to Oct 24 in Nando’s own art space Lot 123 lo­cated in­side Nando’s Chi­na­town out­let in Jalan Sul­tan, Kuala Lumpur.

Tal­ented win­ners ... (left) Yau with Jun­gle Boy; and (right) Siti with Drama Tragedi.

(be­low) All win­ning pieces will be show­cased in a pub­lic ex­hi­bi­tion.

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