“Figurative” 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 April 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 "Figurative" 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 “Figurative” 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 “Figurative” 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 “Figurative” Home Page click here.

1st Place - Dan Pyle – “In the Spot Light”

Dan was born in Montana, grew up in Washington State, and now lives in California. With virtually no formal art training, Dan has been drawing since childhood. His internationally award-winning charcoal drawings has been exhibited in gallery shows in Palm Springs, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Hollywood, Santa Ana, Pasadena, Long Beach, New York, Provincetown and West Hollywood. Dan is also now represented in Europe and travels there yearly for live shows. With his client base extending as far away as Malaysia and Australia his work is becoming known worldwide.

Dan’s work is permanently installed in the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas, as part of their impressive commercial art collection and he participated in the epic Art Takes Times Square event in New York City. His drawings have also been published in numerous art magazines & books, both domestically and internationally.

Working exclusively in charcoal, Dan uses a realistic style that mimics photography to the point that his drawings are often mistaken for photos. He loves shadows, contrast, anonymity and using negative space in his compositions. Dan’s gifted eye catches timeless fragments of life in his work---whether it’s the intricate lines of the human hand, the delicate folds of a garment, or a tarnished piece of silver, they are drawn in detailed simplicity.

Dan’s work celebrates his relentless enthusiasm for detail, through a vast collection of subject matter. From muscular figures, to distressed objects from the past, he continues to challenge perfection.

Dan’s website is www.danpyleartist.com      

2nd Place – Overall - Sheri Emerson – “Gaia”

Sheri has been a photographer her entire life, from a child snapping pictures with her 110 camera, to her first SLR, and finally into the digital world. She also has been an artist her entire life, winning her first art competition at the grand old age of five. In the past few years, she has intensively studied both Photoshop and Lightroom to learn how to enhance her photography and turn it into digital art.

She has been published in “Living the Photo Artistic Life” magazine, “Photoshop Creative UK” magazine, “Conceptual Images” magazine, “A5 Magazine”, “MagazineGSPDigital”, and “Fine Eye Magazine” for fine art photography. She was recently named a finalist in the Photographer’s Forum 38th Annual Spring Photography Competition and was one of 40 artists selected to participate in a yearlong exhibition celebrating ACLU of Arizona’s 60th Anniversary.

Sheri has placed in the top ten in ten Light, Space and Time competitions, has received several “Best in Show” awards; placed second in the SINWP “Creatures Great and Small” competition and earned a Gold Award in their member competitions; has earned two Best in Shows and won an Artist Spotlight Solo Art Exhibition on Fusion Art; and has been exhibited at galleries in Pennsylvania, Nevada, Arizona and Greece.

Sheri splits her time between Arizona and Labrador, Canada, and is dedicating herself to pushing her photography and digital art even further.

Sheri’s website is www.sheriemerson.com  

3rd Place – Overall - Ling Feng – “Two Slaves”

Ling Feng’s passion to art and drawing began from his childhood. He entered the Shanghai Art Institute to study painting and illustrations, laying a solid base for representative paintings. In 1985, he came to US and obtained Master and Ph. D degrees in WSU. Currently he resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Having experienced both Eastern and Western cultures, Ling Feng embraces both and meld them together into his art. In his work, arts from the West and the East, ancient and modern times cross each other. These paintings draw the audience in with the tension between the familiar and the unfamiliar, and trigger the viewer’s desire to explore the truth and think critically.

Ling’s website is www.lingfengart.com     

4th Place – Overall - David Gibson – “Chasing Seashells”

Dave Gibson is a self-taught artist blessed by God with the innate ability to replicate with paint and brush the experiences of life. June 2016 Dave retired from the Kellogg Company and has since committed to the further development of his artwork. Water mixable oils are his preferred medium. His style is representational impressionism. Dave finds his inspiration through his daily interactions with the world.

David’s website is www.davidgibbygibson.com  

5th Place – Overall - Steve Miller – “Weathered”

I work primarily in oils, pastels and charcoal. The work I create is a record of a "journey". It tells a story and expresses the beauty of the awesome creation God has made. People, landscapes, wildlife - all the Creator's handiwork - and it is these things that inspire me on this journey. Even in a fallen world, the beauty is incredible. The way the light and shadow shapes and reveals a landscape or a face or figure. The way the light warms and cools the subject revealing beauty and intrigue – this is what helps create the drama of the story being told through the art on this journey. It is these smaller stories that tell a greater, larger story of the presence of God in our world.

I work both in plein air and in the studio work. The Plein Air experience is a great teacher. I get outside in the “open air” and paint as often as I can. Grabbing the essence of a scene that is unfiltered and unchanged by a photograph is a great way to learn more about painting. The awesomely designed human eye is capable of seeing much more than the camera lens. This allows for more depth in both perception and execution of a painting. However, due to limitations of time and subject availability, studio work is a necessity.

Therefore, I have to use photography to complete many works. Digital photography is a huge asset when using photos as reference. They can be manipulated and adjusted in a way to get closer to what the eye sees when present. With the use of digital photos, coupled with plein air work, I am able to create works with greater depth and values.

Steve’s website is www.stevemillerstudios.com    

6th Place – Overall - Stephen Mimms – “Unique”

Stephen resides in Silver Spring, Maryland with his wife and two dogs. Stephen's photographic skills are self-taught, beginning with film photography as a hobby for many years, then learning traditional film development and darkroom skills through self-study, practice and patience. Stephen's images are designed to inspire and create art.

Stephen’s website is www.mimmsphotography.com  

7th Place – Overall - Rachel Kline – “Sunbather”

Rachel Kline is a realist painter, influenced by artists past and present such as Edward Hopper, photorealist painters Robert Bechtle and Richard McLean, and artists like Agnes Martin and Vija Celmins. Their patience and intense immersion in their process continue to inspire her.

She has studied drawing at the Art Student’s League in New York City, printmaking at Arizona State University, the University of California Los Angeles, where she received her undergraduate degree, and at San Francisco State University, where she received her Master’s in Art. She spent a month drawing at the Miyagi Museum in Sendai Japan.

Kline has received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship for Painting, was nominated for the SECA award at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and has received a First Place award for drawing at the Triton Museum in San Mateo. She recently participated in the competitive exhibition "Honoring the Legacy of David Park" at Santa Clara University.

She has shown in solo exhibits at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Artists Gallery, Pence Gallery, Davis, Southern Exposure Gallery, Union Street Gallery in San Francisco and at Gallery 625 in Woodland California. Recent group exhibits have included “Tenth Annual California Landscape”, “Art of the 21st Century”, “Trompe L’oeil”, “Small Works, Miniatures and Maquettes at the John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, and in “Landscape Revisited” at the Pence Gallery, Davis, California.

Rachel Kline is represented in private and in corporate collections. These include Stanford University Medical Center, Merrill Lynch, Visa, the Chemical Bank, FDIC, SSI Corporation, Pacific Mutual Insurance Company, Kaiser Steel, and has a commissioned piece for Fireman’s Fund in Seattle.

She currently lives in Woodland, California.

Rachel’s website is www.rachelkline.com      

8th Place – Overall - Johanna Hattner – “Piano Elegance”

Johanna Hattner was born 1984 in Slovakia. Originally a scientist, Hattner left the scientific world, became a social worker and explored various arts after 2015. Since 2018, she has focused intensely on fine art and blended her desire for humanities, research, and philosophy with her passion for arts, by combining her experiences into a cross-inspiring way of realistic painting.

Johanna finds her artistic inspiration in everyday life, people and nature. Painting since her early childhood, her recognizable artistic style has developed over the years under the influence of works of great masters whose styles she admires such as Jean-Honoré Fragonard, David Leffel and John Maler Collier. With an eye for the beauty of the seemingly ordinary and a passion for biographical turns and stories - those of other people and her own – Johanna communicates not only through figurative works but also through narrative still lifes. Her work depicts the beauty of ambiguities - competing desires - by the use of contrasts, the interplay of lights and shadows, thereby transforming them into everyday riddles that are resolved throughout the painting process.

Johanna’s work was exhibited in a group show for the 14th international women's day in Hamburg. She is a member of Poets and Artists, international group.

Johanna’s website is www.johannahattner.com    

9th Place – Overall - Rachel Owen - “Beautifully Broken: Beauty”

Biography: Rachel Owen is a photographer living and working with her husband and son in the Chicagoland area. Right out of high school Rachel began working as a portrait photographer and is creating more and more time to transition into her passion, which is green-screen photography and digital compositing. As an Adobe Certified Photoshop Expert, she often merges photos of her subjects on greenscreen in the studio into miniature objects or even combines multiple photographs to create a new setting that does not exist in the real world.

Rachel's primary goal when photographing anyone is to make the person in front of her lens feel empowered and to have that empowerment show up and provoke the viewer. Her images are often described as surreal and whimsical, and they take the viewer into a fantasy to blur the lines of reality and fiction. Rachel describes her desire to create as a fundamental energy in her soul that hurts more to keep in than to let out. Her passion and life's purpose is to create images that inspire herself and others to put love where love is not.

Artist's Statement: I create photo-realistic imagery that pulls the viewer into a fantasy world that challenges the boundaries of reality and imagination. Drawing from my vast personal collection of images taken from travels abroad and near home, I digitally combine photographs to create new and otherworldly landscapes. I then insert a live model and other objects photographed on green screen in my studio to create a seamless photo-realistic final image. I often see (in mental pictures) a unique quality in those around me, and the ones I love, and there is no greater joy then showing someone exactly as I see them. To produce an exact visual representation of the emotion projected in my mind in my ultimate creation. I am constantly asking “what if?” and the whimsical and surreal images I create are a direct answer to my questions. I strive to take my viewers into new and fanciful worlds, inviting them to question what is real and what is not, and challenging them to ask “what if?” as well.

Rachel’s website is www.rachelowen.art    

10th Place – Overall - Xrista Stavrou – “Grandma”

My art is a form of expression and an extension of my personality. I started dabbling in art from a very young age. I have always had a piece of paper and a pencil in my hand. My creative mind never stops; I’m continuously informed about the new trends in contemporary art and everything around me is an inspiration to my work. My designs are inspired by my imagination and the passion I derive from even from the smallest and insignificant things in life.

I am an extremely visceral person and in many ways, I put myself wholeheartedly into each design. I never focus on specific art styles, as I do not want to frame myself within a particular kind of technique and be more loyal to my own feelings. Different mediums always allow me to express different ideas. During the research, new areas of interest arise and lead to my next work.

For the past 20 years, my work has almost always been rooted in a personal mash-up of feelings and moments. Although there may not always be material similarities, they are linked by the richness of imagination and perfectionistic details. While I use a variety of materials and processes in each design my philosophy is consistent.

Each work often consists of multiple sketches, in a range of different media and meanings and ‘Communication’ with my audience is mostly what I have in mind when I paint. I never have hidden messages and I love it when viewers express different emotional reactions and perceptions for each work.

Xrista’s website is www.xristastavrou.com  

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