Imtiaj Rasel in the running for Sovereign Asian Art Prize

30 April, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Imtiaj Rasel in the running for Sovereign Asian Art Prize

Bangladeshi artist Imtiaj Rasel is in the running for a prestigious art prize in Asia. He is among 30 artists from the Asia-Pacific region who have been nominated for this year’s Sovereign Asian Art Prize, reports UNB.

With his artwork, ‘Journey by Bus’, being shortlisted, Rasel is now competing with artists from India, Australia, Pakistan, Philippines, Taiwan, South Korea, Malaysia, China, Japan, Iran, Singapore, Thailand, Kyrgyzstan, Sri Lanka, Cambodia and host Hong Kong for the prize.

Rasel, an ICCR scholarship recipient, holds an MFA degree in painting from Rabindra Bharati University (2019). He went to Kolkata for higher studies after earning a bachelor’s degree in painting from the Faculty of Fine Arts at Dhaka University in 2015.

Using his travel experiences as a visual language, Rasel explores connections between places, culture, environment, time, and memory. Through this practice, he is instilled with a sense of wanderlust, through which new narratives are created.

The Sovereign Asian Art Prize was launched in 2003. The Prize invites mid-career contemporary artists, nominated by a board of independent art professionals, to each enter up to three artworks online. A judging panel comprising world-class art experts shortlist the 30 best artworks from a range of digital images.

All of these 30 shortlisted artworks for the 2021 Sovereign Asian Art Prize will be exhibited at Hong Kong’s famous 9 Queen’s Road Central building from May 5 to May 16, 2021.

Art-admirers from Bangladesh and all over the world can vote and make Rasel the grand prize winner by visiting