“CityScapes” Art Exhibition 2020 – Overall Category

The Overall Winning Artists Category consists of the 10 Best Entries received from the 3 media categories of the Painting & Other Category, Photography & Digital Category and the 3 Dimensional Art categories. 

The winning artists will now be featured on the Light Space & Time website for the month of February 2020 and thereafter, the artworks and links to the artist’s websites will remain online in the Light Space & Time Archives.

The overall winning artists’ category of the 10th Annual “CityScapes” Art Exhibition will receive extensive worldwide publicity and promotion.  In addition, the overall winning artists will also receive extensive worldwide publicity in the form of email marketing, 550+ press release announcements, event announcement posts and social media marketing. 

Winning artists will also have their art exhibition results posted and promoted on ArtJobs/ArtWeek. Artweek/Artjobs produces 800,000 page impressions per month, 280,000 website visitors per month and has 30,000 newsletter subscribers.  

Congratulations to our artists who made our 10th Annual “CityScapes” Art Exhibition so successful this month. At any time, we invite our winners and other interested visitors to link their websites to the Gallery’s Archive section for further ongoing promotion.

The Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery will have digital “CityScapes” Award Certificates, Event Postcard, and Press Releases sent to the winning artists within the next week or so. Thank you to all of the artists who participated and for being a part of the gallery.  To return to the “CityScapes” Home Page click here.

1st Place – Jeffrey Friedkin – “Downtown”

Jeffrey Friedkin is a fine art and street photographer, specializing in capturing the energy, vibrancy and isolation of New York City. Jeffrey is a juried photography member of the prestigious Salmagundi Art Club in NYC. He is the Chairman of the Public Relations Committee and serves on the Salmagundi Board and Photography Committee.

A multiple award-winning photographer, Jeffrey has widely exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the tri-state area in addition to a large international online presence. His work has been featured on various news sites and is held in private collections and clubs. A series of his photographs have recently been acquired by the Yuko Nii permanent collection at the Williamsburg Art and Historical Center in Brooklyn, NY.

Jeffrey Friedkin’s photography employs a synthesis of the artistic eye and technology. His work focuses on New York life: the streets, people, architecture and nature. The lush rural landscapes and sparkling seascapes of the Hudson River Valley region equally inspire him. His images tell these stories.

Jeffrey’s website is www.jeffreyfriedkin.com     

2nd Place – John Morrow – “Photo Op”

I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t sure art would be the focus of my life. It is amazing to me that artists can communicate to the world in the universal language of color, shape, value and line, it’s like magic. Regardless of style, media, technique or subject, the process is the same, a transfer of emotion from artist to viewer.

In my art the relationship between nature, man and time weave an underlying theme. My style, medium and subject vary in relationship to the message I wish to convey. My art is a visual diary of my life. I don’t always look for my subjects but I know when I see them. Often I record visual information with a camera or a sketchbook. Sometimes I will see an image and retain it in my memory for years before developing it into a painting. Another method I use is to construct a composition from various sources. An example of this is “October Morning” an acrylic painting that appeared on the cover of Readers Digest. The lower half of the painting I used as reference a photograph I took of a small stream in the Adirondacks, the upper half is a composite of several photos, sketches and props.

Most of my work is done in acrylic, oil or watercolor. I find that each of these mediums has a characteristic that is unique. The subject will often dictate which media I choose. Besides media, a subject can also influence the painting style I use. What I refer to as style in my own work is essentially the amount of detail that I feel is necessary to communicate my message. I will also on occasion work on location doing plein air. Some of my subjects are from places I have traveled to, but much is found close to where I live in the St. Lawrence Valley where the landscape is historically rich in variety of man-made and natural elements.

When not traveling, we live in Ogdensburg NY, where I have a studio and my wife Brenda operates a custom frame shop.

John’s website is www.jmorrow.com 

3rd Place – Jon Carroll Otterson – “Down Town”

From my first box of crayons, I’ve used art as a medium to tell a story. Not usually as a direct narrative, but more often as a collage of clues to be deciphered; to not only to create new worlds, but to comment on this one; to encourage conversation without speaking; to express observation without pontificating.

Symbolism and metaphor lead viewers to a wider range of interpretation; to consider a path of reasoning in a different direction. Although I continue to experiment with new combinations of media and materials,

I’ll never lose my love for paint on canvas; for mixing each color in endless combinations. Because no matter what new technology may divert my attention, at the end of the day, I’m still just a kid with a box of crayons.

Jon’s website is www.joncarroll-otterson.pixels.com   

4th Place – Elina Veyberman – “Peek-A-Boo, I See You”

Because of my background as an architect and civil engineer, when I began making photographic images, I was naturally sensitive to the interaction between buildings and the surrounding sky and environment.

In addition to man-made subjects, I am also drawn to landscapes.

Elina can be reached via her email.

5th Place – Shelley Benjamin – “Shanghai Impressions”

Shelley Benjamin, a resident of southeast Florida, is an award winning digital artist. She received a BS in Textile Design from Cornell University. After a career as a textile designer and weaver, she became interested in mixed media, and ultimately, photography.

Ms. Benjamin’s experimentation and involvement with digital photography began after she purchased her first DSLR camera. During the learning process, she joined an international group of digital artists. With the advanced training, she was able to develop her skills, which has allowed her to transform her images to reflect her vision. The inspiration from the group opened up the possibilities of taking photos into a new realm.

She is motivated by the art she sees in museums and galleries. From the time she was young she has always been an avid museum visitor. Her background in weaving exposed her to the art of fine crafts and the masters in those fields. Shelley uses her photos as the foundation for a digital painterly approach, utilizing modern technology to enhance and transform the original image. Drawing upon her textile design background, she imparts a tactile feeling to her work. She is challenged and inspired by color, reflections, light, the changing seasons, nature and architectural elements.

Shelley is always searching for the extraordinary visual imagery in very ordinary environments. Ms. Benjamin states that her goal is to share the beauty around her and impart the uplifting feelings to the viewer that are the source of her inspiration.

Shelley’s work has been exhibited in local and international competitions and in online galleries as well as featured in national digital photo and print magazines.

Shelley’s website is www.artmajeur.com/en/sbenja823/artworks   

6th Place – Martina Krupičková – “Life in Prague During the Winter Time”

Martina Krupičková was born in the Czech town of Světlá nad Sázavou, which is approximately 100 km from Prague, Czech Republic. In 1990, one year after the Velvet Revolution, Martina commenced Fashion Design and Textile studies at a prestige school in Brno. These studies, lasting four years, improved her design, drawing and painting skills. However, it would be some time before these would be put into practice as the world was opening up to Czechs, who could now travel abroad relatively easily.

In 1995, Martina travelled to London, working as an au pair and spending her leisure time sketching subjects in St. James’s Park. In 1998 she spent six months traveling in the United States meeting people who made her realize anything was possible. In 1999, Martina returned to Prague and started to paint oil on a black canvas using a palette knife.

Martina has since had 28 exhibitions, including works in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Art Tentation Monaco and the Edinburgh Art Fair. Martina was one of 48 competitors chosen to appear in the UK Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year 2018 TV series. Martina holds several awards and also had started to cooperate with the most important Czech auction houses.

Her website is www.martinakrupickova.com 

7th Place – Marilynn Evans – “NYC-2”

Marilynn Evans is an innovative digital artist who brings life and imagination to her photographs.

Born and raised in Michigan, Marilynn currently reside in Sequim, WA. After she and her husband retired from their careers in Southern they travelled to all 50 states, Canada and Mexico, mostly in their RV, and to Europe, China and Egypt.

Throughout their travels, she took thousands of pictures.  The question of what to do with all those photos led to exploring new methods of post photography digital processing. The computer and the internet have given Marilynn the opportunity to try new methods and create her own style. The idea is not to use an artistic approach to cover up bad photography but to enhance it to a WOW factor.

She can be reached via her email.

8th Place – Az Jackson – “Manhattan BBQ”

Internationally acclaimed winner of 109 international photography awards, Az Jackson was recently named in the top 101 Landscape Photographers in the world and his artworks are collected in over 26 countries. Not defined by just landscapes though, his unique style has dominated major photo competitions in almost every category of photography such as landscape, cityscape, architecture, travel, fine art, nature, abstract, nude and fashion.

His artworks have featured on prime time TV in the USA, graced the pages of many books, magazines, advertisements and mainstream newspapers and media outlets. His work is constantly being featured on some of the most prominent websites of our time and he has also exhibited in several galleries in the USA and throughout Australia.

“The majority of my artworks are simply designed to draw you in and to put a smile on your face,” he states.

Az’s website is www.azjackson.com 

10th Place – Yvan Salvi – “Shadows”

Born in Thionville, France, Yvan studied painting and graphic design at the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts de Nancy. He worked as a set designer for stage productions and was illustrator and graphic artist for various resorts in Guadeloupe, Mexico, the Bahamas and throughout Europe from 1986 to 1990.

In 1990, Yvan returned to France where he established his own business, which included works in graphic arts, interior design, illustration and original oil paintings. He relocated to Canada in 1998 where he continues his painting and selling to private art collectors.  

Yvan’s can be reached via his email.   

10th Place – Elliot Appel – “Albanese Meat”

I want the viewer to share my interest in everyday objects that are unique to ‘the city’. All too often, people may find themselves rushing from place to place without noticing the beauty, history, diversity and culture that surrounds them. They may not have an opportunity to appreciate the street performer, the antiquated storefront, the interesting window reflection-things that contribute to making urban living worthwhile and enriching.

I also strive to capture remnants of the ‘old’ city on canvas before they become fleeting memories- the city of five-story walk-ups, ornamental windows and hand-painted signs. I think it’s important to remember these things.

My art allows people to ‘slow it down’. It gives the viewer a chance to focus on some of the overlooked details that are an integral part of their daily lives; hopefully the viewer will come away with a greater appreciation for their surroundings and share my love of ‘the city’.

Elliot’s website is www.elliotappelpaints.com  

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