Result of "Painting art Competition"

Total number of application and Prize-winning works

■Total number of application

74 artworks.

■Prize-Winning works

10 artworks.

Screenings/Jury members/Comments from jury members

■Screenings

First screening : April 23(Thursday)2015
Second screening : September 14(Monday)2015

■Jury members

IKEDA Seiji Dean,Design Tokyo University of Technology / Emeritus Professor, Faculty of Fine Arts, at Tokyo University of Arts
OOMORI Masao Professor, Kyoto-Saga University of Art Graduate School
KIZU Fumiya Western-style painter / Professor, Faculty of Fine Arts, at Tokyo University of Arts
NAKAJIMA Chinami Japanese-style painter / Emeritus Professor, Faculty of Fine Arts, at Tokyo University of Arts
YOSHIDA Hiromi General Producer, KOBE Biennale 2015

■Comments from jury members on the First screening

  • This competition received more entries than the previous one, which I think reflected favorably on the overall quality of works. I greatly look forward to seeing the completed works on the huge wall, which I trust will be like nothing we have ever seen before.
  • The considerably wide format prescribed by the competition may have posed a compositional challenge to entrants.
  • Not many proposals made full use of the theme, many involved combinations of small-scale works, and I would have liked to see more works taking full advantage of the prescribed size, more works equipped with the daring and power befitting the large size of the wall.
  • Completing a large-scale work takes a tremendous amount of labor, but I do look forward to adventurous, compelling works that do full justice to the 4 x 10 m format.

■Comments from jury members on the Second screening

  • This was the first competition of two-dimensional art sized 4 m high and 10 m wide, the largest format ever prescribed by a competition in Japan. The entries invariably made successful use of the size to convey dynamism, and the rich variety of the works made viewing a highly rewarding experience.
  • For the Grand Prize, we looked for both compositional skill and richness of content that harness and justify the large pictorial space. A work of this size requires outstanding expressive skills, and in future competitions we look forward to entries exuding greater energy.
  • The two runners-up contrasted sharply with one another in color and other aspects. All of the works were commendable in their own unique ways, and I hope visitors will appreciate both the individual works and the whole exhibition space in which the huge paintings are displayed.

Exhibition period/Exhibition site

■Exhibition period

September 19 (Saturday) through November 23 (Monday), 2015 (66 days)

■Exhibition site

Meriken Park(Inside the event tent(s))

Prizes and cash awards

Kobe Biennale Grand Prize
(no body)
a trophy, diploma and cash award of ¥2,000,000
Second Prize(2) diploma and cash award of ¥500,000 for each winner
Special Prize(2) diploma and cash award of ¥200,000 for each winner
Encouragement Prize(1) diploma and cash award of ¥200,000 for each winner
Honorable mentions(5) diploma and cash award of ¥200,000 for each winner
  • First and second prize winners will be selected from the finalists at the second screening.

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