The United Overseas Bank (UOB) Painting of the Year award, Singapore's richest painting prize, has returned with new categories and produced a surprise winner.
Ms Stephanie Hauger, a former interior designer, won both the newly-introduced United Overseas Bank (UOB) South-east Asian Painting of the Year Award, and the UOB Painting of the Year Award (Singapore).
Her 170x170cms acrylic on canvas, Space Odyssey, earned her a combined total of US$35,000 (S$43,781). The South-east Asian prize is worth US$10,000 and the Singapore award comes with US$25,000.
The judges this year were Dr Susie Lingham, director of the Singapore Art Museum; Mr Mok Kim Chuan, director, China and South-east Asia at international auction house Sotheby's; and art veteran Mr Chua Soo Bin, founder of SooBin Art International.