13-19 Art Prize Judges

Judges for the Canvas Artwork Category

Chris Churcher — Owner, REDSEA Gallery

Founded in 2001 by Chris Churcher, REDSEA gallery has gained its recognition in the contemporary art landscape of Singapore with its original exhibitions and a versatile selection of artists. The collection includes painting, photography, illustration, sculpture and installation by established and emerging artists from Asia as well as Western Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Russia. In 2016, REDSEA gallery hosted an exhibition of Salvador Dali’s etchings and drawings including many works previously unseen in Singapore.

David Chan — Artist, Arts Educator and 2004 UOB Painting of the Year Winner (First Prize: Representational Medium Category)

David Chan is a full-time artist and also an earnest arts educator. In 2004, he won the 23rd UOB Painting of the Year — Representational Medium Category Award. Comfortable in both sculpture and painting, his subject matters revolve around human behaviour and representations of social commentary. David has exhibited in a number of countries including, China, America, Taiwan, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia. In 2011, his work was selected for the 54th Venice Biennale at the Fondazione Claudio Buziol. In 2016, he was invited to participate in the 5th Singapore Biennale, Atlas of Mirrors. Apart from making art, David also lectures at National Institute of Education and School of Art Design & Media in National Technological University.

Ong Kim Seng — Internationally Renowned Watercolorist and Cultural Medallion Winner

Ong Kim Seng is an internationally renowned watercolorist and one of Singapore’s most prominent artistic icons. Self-taught and self-supported, the artist has participated in group and solo exhibitions in Singapore and several countries. Displaying fluid strokes and excellent attention to detail, Mr. Ong’s watercolours are remarkable for their lyrical expressiveness and poetic charms. He has won a multitude of awards including six awards from the American Watercolor Society, and the coveted Cultural Medallion in 1999. Playing an active part in some of the most prestigious art fellowships and organizations, the artist was President of the Singapore Watercolor Society from 1991 to 2001, subsequently becoming Honorary President.

Tan Siuli — Independent Curator

Tan Siuli has over a decade of curatorial experience with a focus on contemporary art from Southeast Asia. Formerly Head of Collections and Senior Curator at the Singapore Art Museum, her exhibition projects include two editions of the Singapore Biennale (2013 and 2016), inter-institutional traveling exhibitions, as well as mentoring and commissioning platforms such as the President’s Young Talents exhibition series. She has also lectured on Museum-based learning and Southeast Asian art history at institutes of higher learning such as the National Institute of Education as well as LaSalle College of the Arts.

Yeo Tze Yang — Visual Artist and 2016 UOB Painting of the Year (Silver Award) Winner

Yeo Tze Yang is a visual artist with a primary interest in painting everyday life. He has been conferred the Silver Award of UOB Painting of the Year in 2016, and held his fourth solo exhibition, Evening, Once More, in 2021 at The Substation, Singapore, in collaboration with SEED The Art Space. A self-taught painter, his paintings often depict the unnoticed and bypassed people, places and objects of his immediate surroundings. As an artist, he is led primarily by emotion and instinct over concept and theory, bringing a more direct and emotive approach to his work.

Judges for the Digital Artwork Category

ZXEROKOOL a.k.a Jonathan Leong — Artist, Creative Director and Fantasy Futurist

Jonathan’s work represents a new wave of artists who are reframing the boundaries of contemporary artistic expression. Raised in the golden era of Saturday morning cartoons, second hand comics and fantasy bookstores, his work often deals with the exploration of modern mythology, mankind’s relationship with the ever-evolving technological construct, and a satirical approach to pop culture.

He has worked on creative art commissions for the likes of Nike / Kobe Bryant, MTV, New Balance, IKEA, Tiger Beer and seminal Russian Rock Band MumiyTroll (Му́мий Тро́лль).

Jonathan is also the founder of Singaplex, a satirical website focused on exploring the meme industrial complex in Asia and beyond. His work has been featured on 8days, The Straits Times, MustShareNews, Today, Nylon and Vulcan Post.

Ken Tan — Senior Director, Programming and Producing, Arts House Limited

Ken Tan has been involved in all forms of creative projects across various industries. He started his creative career working on advertising campaigns with brands like Nike, Expedia, and Disney. He has received recognition for creative excellence from D&AD and the Effie Awards. He worked in the arts scene in New York, where he was Deputy Director of the Asia Society Museum. He has also curated exhibitions both in New York and in Tokyo. Currently, he is the Senior Director of Programming and Producing at Arts House Limited where he oversees the arts festivals in Singapore such as Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA).

Tan Siang Yu — Filmmaker and Educator

Tan Siang Yu, the Head of Department for Aesthetics at Hwa Chong Institution, studied Fine Art at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom. Around 2000, Siang Yu started including digital art and filmmaking in his teaching, as more new digital tools used in the creative industries started.

Terry Lee — Owner, Art Seasons Gallery

Terry Lee is the founder of Art Seasons, a contemporary art gallery in Singapore that represents Chinese and Southeast Asian contemporary artists. Before he founded Art Seasons in 2001, Terry had carved out a successful career in the gemstones, jewellery and fashion industries. He was a top executive with more than 25 years of professional experience in product management, sales & marketing, retail and manufacturing in the Asia-Pacific region. Terry is also an ardent art collector.

Tulika Ahuja — Curator and Writer

Tulika is a curator and writer interested in the intersection of urban art, technology and accessibility. She studied Mass Communication and Art History, and graduated in 2016. Her curatorial practice reflects on worldbuilding, often drawing on sensorial touch points to activate viewers of art. Practicing from Singapore’s innate competitive environment, she is especially driven by collaboration and cross-disciplinary experiments. Since 2016, she has worked with arts and culture practitioners in various programming capacities. These include Kult, The MeshMinds Foundation, Singapore International Film Festival, Goethe-Institut, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore Tourism Board, and Singapore Writers Festival.