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.