The Standard Chartered art collection

Our world in pictures

Our art collection reflects who we are, a dynamic international bank with a long history and unique diversity of clients, colleagues, markets and office locations — dive in and explore our world.

Our diversity in art

The many faces of Standard Chartered

We pride ourselves on our unique diversity of markets, clients and colleagues — our art collection brings our identity to life through its many subjects and styles.

Featured works

The Art Connect

Much like our business, our art collection is constantly evolving, whether through acquiring news works, relocating works between markets or updating our principles we aim to embody our global connections through our portraits.

Our partnerships in art

An exhibition exploring the relationship between the east and west

Artistic exchanges from the 15th century. Cultural interactions that can still be felt today.

The Art Connect

The Art Connect

The Standard Chartered art collection is a celebration of humanity. With a focus on people, it represents our colleagues, clients and communities and the connections that form between them. As a physical representation of our unique diversity our vibrant collection of portraits can be seen across our office footprint in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas.

Step into our premises and look around, and you might spot a schoolboy at the start of his day, a couple attending a horse race in the rain, a mother with her children, or a bearded man playing his violin with delight.

These are just a handful of the many faces to be found along the corridors of our buildings around the world, brightening our office spaces and meeting rooms, and reminding us of who we are.

painting by Tim Okamura

ABOUT OUR COLLECTION

Our corporate art collection consists of some 650 portraits, all of which are on display on the walls of our offices. We source our works from affordable art fairs, commercial galleries, portraiture competitions, and on the suggestion of colleagues.

Seen as a whole, our collection showcases the resilience and dynamism of people in the communities where we live and work. Bringing people, communities and businesses together through art and artistry.

(Top of the page) Lu Xi ©, A Beautiful Day at the Seaside, 2010

(Left) Tim Okamura ©, La Familia V, 2007

Curated pieces from across our footprint

Art in our spaces Curated pieces in our Asia offices

painting on women

Claire Alexander ©
Mimie, 2008

painting of red kimono

Stephanie Rew ©
Red Kimono, 2008

painting of happy person carrying leaves

Ajay Kumar Rana ©
Happiness, 2010

Art in our spaces Curated pieces in our Africa offices

Mr Li artwork

Ben Hughes ©
Mr Li, 2008

artwork Since Singing so Good

Zacharia Mbutha ©
Since Singing so Good, 2014

artwork Edo Ceremonial Coral

Lizzie Riches ©
Edo Ceremonial Coral, 2014

Art in our spaces Curated pieces in our Europe and Americas offices

Bob, 2008

Harriet White ©
Bob, 2008

Buda Boy with Centipede, 2001

Desmond Burdon ©
Buda Boy with Centipede, 2001

Sonia, 2011, William Lazos ©

William Lazos ©
Sonia, 2011

Art in our spaces Curated pieces in our Middle East offices

artwork Commission

Nic Cudworth ©
Commission, 2012

artwork Man Seated by Corner

Jeef Brazier ©
Man Seated by Corner, 2005

artwork Expectation

Vincent Osemwegie ©
Expectation, 2015

A smile in the hills

Our diversity in art We want everyone to realise their full potential

Like the diversity of our clients, colleagues and markets, our collection of portraits ranges in expressions, subjects, genders, styles and artists

(Left) James Crowther ©, A Smile in the Hills, 2008

Our diversity in art We want everyone to shine

At Standard Chartered, we believe everyone should be able to realise their full potential and make a positive contribution. We’re a talented and committed workforce of more than 80,000 colleagues, representing 125 nationalities across more than 60 markets in which we operate.

This unique diversity is also reflected in our art collection, with portraits by more than 300 artists.

(Top of the page) Sarah Graham ©, Sunset View, 2011

Ronel Kellerman ©, African Woman, 2012

Ronel Kellerman ©
African Woman, 2012

"This painting proposed a challenge in terms of conveying the state of contemplation. Through juxtaposing the soft edges with the somewhat hardened figure, I attempted to create the ambience of contemplation. We often view contemplation as being in a ‘dark state of mind’, although; through this painting I explore the evolvement or rather the conclusion of the reflective state. The hardened features of the figure are softened through the meekness and calm emotion captured in this work. To think- thought, to contemplate."

Saptarshi Naskar ©, City Lights, 2010

Saptarshi Naskar ©
City Lights, 2010

"Whenever I look around me, I always see a space which is full of mixing, a world which is full of fusion, in the faces of people, in their thoughts, in their life styles. Their emotions and feelings. Therefore as an artist, I believe in fusion. 'Fusion' - the mixed up. Mixing of culture, mixing of human behavior, urban and rural socity, organic and inorganic feelings. That mixing may be some time political, social or in my personal life."

Li Yueling ©, Straining Forward to the Goal, 2010

Li Yueling ©
Straining Forward to the Goal, 2010

The big face of the boy in this painting intensely reminds us of the ambiguous situation in childhood. On the one side, it shows the hopes of the coming generation. In childhood, our dreams are rich and pure. The open and transparent look reflects his expectations, but also are our obligation to open up possibilities to develop their personality. On the other side, the spaces still kept open within the face of the boy refer to the open but also incomplete situation in childhood, which still needs guidance to develop successfully.

Sohan Jakhar ©, Ice Cream Vendor, 2009

Sohan Jakhar ©
Ice Cream Vendor, 2009

The anonymous lives of street vendors and their carts are mobilized with uncanny visual effects by Sohan Jakhar’s series ‘Vendorism.’ As the coined term suggests, Jakhar views these omnipresent stalls with the eye of an intellectual (the ‘ism’) observer from afar; this is reflected in the angles of the subjects in the foreground and the uncanny sense of the viewer lurking just outside the canvas’ frame. Jakhar takes photographs of vendors then photoshops them against the colorful backgrounds of wallpapers from his own Haveli in his hometown, Shekhawati. He then increases the noise in the image until the photograph blurs: the residue produces a scene that is seemingly timeless - the harsh reality of a day-to-day sale of perishable items softened round the edges, silenced, anonymous.

FEATURED WORKS A reflection of the value we place in people

Seen in over 30 of our offices our art collection is a constant reminder to staff of the value we place in people. This dedication extends to the value we place in the artists of works in our collection and the communities they live and work in.

(Top of the page) David Noton ©, Women working in Paddy fields, Mekong Delta, Ben Tre Province, Vietnam, 1997

Marta Zawadzka, Lena

Featured artist: Marta Zawadzka

Polish artist Marta Zawadzka uses bold colour to explore the dynamics of modern life. Her work ‘Lena’ uses fluorescent paint and long-lasting dyes to captures a moment of tranquillity in a life that is constantly in motion.

Marta Zawadzka: ''I have a passion and obsession with colour. In my continual pursuit of all things beautiful, I find it in the balance between hues of vibrant colour. I am constantly in motion, the tapestry of life, travel and culture is where I gather my inspiration in abundance. I have a passion for the face and abstract portraits have become second nature to me. I inject light into my work by using fluorescent colours, the glow under UV light has the power to breath new life into my works, giving them an entirely new dimension. The process of painting for me is spontaneous, I avoid over-intellectualisation in my work and let my subconscious-self guide the brush until beauty emerges.''

Purchased in March 2020, ‘Lena’ formed part of our International Women’s Day celebrations as a representation of our commitment to gender equality across all industries.

(Left) Marta Zawadzka, Lena, 2019

Peter Rocklin ©, Law and Order, 2010

Do the right thing

(Above)
Peter Rocklin ©
Law and Order, 2010

David Hiscock ©, High Jump, 2004

Never settle

(Above)
David Hiscock ©
High Jump, 2004

Tawfiq El-Sawy ©, Sisters, Hamer Tribe (Corcho, Omo Valley, South Ethiopia), 2003

Better together

(Above)
Tewfic El-Sawy ©
Sisters, Hamer Tribe (Corcho, Omo Valley, South Ethiopia), 2003

Our partnerships in art

Working with those that support the arts

As one of the world’s leading museums, the British Museum is a popular attraction with a diverse and international audience and a collection that is representative of most areas of the world. We believe it’s our diversity that sets us apart – of our people, cultures and networks – which aligns with the British Museum’s globally inclusive offering.

About the inspired by the East Exhibition

Conceived and developed in collaboration with the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, Inspired by the East: how the Islamic world influenced Western art includes generous loans from their extensive collection. The Bank has a long-standing relationship with the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia as sponsors of the Ottoman Room. The exhibition and collaboration highlights centuries of cultural exchange between East and West and its continuing importance today.

Hear and learn more about the exhibition

School of Veronese (1528–1588), A Portrait of Sultan Bayezid I. Oil on canvas, c. 1580. © Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia.

Tracey McDermott, Group Head, Corporate Affairs, Brand & Marketing, Conduct, Financial Crime and Compliance, discussing Standard Chartered’s partnership with the British Museum.

School of Veronese (1528–1588), A Portrait of Sultan Bayezid I. Oil on canvas, c. 1580. © Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia.

Tracey McDermott, Group Head, Corporate Affairs, Brand & Marketing, Conduct, Financial Crime and Compliance, discussing Standard Chartered’s partnership with the British Museum.

Philippe-Joseph Brocard, Gilt and enamelled glass mosque lamp, c. 1877. France © Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia.

Sir Richard Lambert, Chairman, British Museum, explaining the importance of sponsorships.

Philippe-Joseph Brocard, Gilt and enamelled glass mosque lamp, c. 1877. France © Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia.

Sir Richard Lambert, Chairman, British Museum, explaining the importance of sponsorships.

Frederick Arthur Bridgman (1847–1928), The Prayer. Oil on canvas, 1877. © Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia.

Julia Tugwell, co-curator for "Inspired by the east: how the Islamic world influenced Western art" highlighting pieces from the exhibition.

Frederick Arthur Bridgman (1847–1928), The Prayer. Oil on canvas, 1877. © Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia.

Julia Tugwell, co-curator for "Inspired by the east: how the Islamic world influenced Western art" highlighting pieces from the exhibition.

Banner credit: Alphons Leopold Mielich (1863 – 1929), The Pottery Seller. Oil on canvas, Austria, undated. © Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia.

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