Fine Art graduate wins mentorship prize

17 August 2021

Leeds Arts University BA (Hons) Fine Art 2021 graduate Sung Lin Hon, has been announced as a winner of the Mall Galleries Mentorship Prize in the Figurative Art Now exhibition.

Sung Lin Hon joins three other early career artists who will receive mentorship to help them establish themselves in the profession, as well as inclusion in an online exhibition. 

The online exhibition of almost 400 works explores the breadth of representational painting, drawing, sculpture, and printmaking in the UK. The prize winners will receive a studio visit to an established artist in the prize winner’s location as well as workshops with the Figurative Art Now team on digital marketing, exhibition administration and management. Other prizes, including a solo exhibition at Mall Galleries and a £5,000 cash prize, will be announced online throughout the exhibition.

Image: Sung Lin Hon, Studio, 2021, 84.5 x 59.5 cm

Figurative Art Now offers new works in a wide range of mediums and gives artists a platform to sell their work. The exhibition covers portraiture, landscape and still life and features works by elected members of the FBA (Federation of British Artists), prize-winners, regular exhibitors, FBA Futures alumni and artists new to the Mall Galleries. Artists were invited to submit their work for entry to the exhibition and were selected by an experienced panel.

Sung Lin Hon won with the entry ‘Studio’. The work is described as: 'Inspired by the layers of light in the painting studio. The work creates a silent emotion in the dim environment. Glazing layers of black built the distance between the viewer and the actual work. It remains quiet and stays humble. Yet, the layers of Venetian-red underneath the painting attempt to break the calmness. Sung Lin's work presents her vision of light and darkness while sustaining the ambiguity within the image.'

Image: Sung Lin Hon, Studio (detail), 2021, 84.5 x 59.5 cm

The Federation of British Artists is a major visual arts charity established in 1961, comprised of nine of the UK’s leading art societies. The FBA operates from the Mall Galleries, London.

Sung Lin Hon's work also currently features in the 2021 Wells Art Contemporary online exhibition where she was was selected for a Tracey Grace Student Award. The exhibition is also open at Wells Cathedral from 28 August 2021.