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 May 2022 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 12th 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.
Congratulations to our artists who made our 12th 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. Thank you to all of the artists who participated and for being a part of the gallery.
Scroll down the page to see read about each of our Top 10 Winning Artists. In the image gallery at the bottom, click on a thumbnail image and that will take you a lightbox to view the entire artwork. In order to leave the Slide Show at any time, just click on the X at the upper right side of the Lightbox and that will take you back to the thumbnail images. To return to the “Figurative” Home Page click here.
1st Place – Overall - Linda McCord - "Funny Pages”
Linda McCord is best known for her figurative work in watercolor and acrylic paintings. The series of watercolors titled, Family, focuses on lighting, texture, and unusual composition. McCord says, “My work is more mathematical than emotional. I focus on shapes and design.” Her work has been described as abstract realism. Linda McCord is a signature member of International Society of Acrylic Painters, Northwest Watercolor Society, California Watercolor Association and Georgia Watercolor Society. Her paintings have been published in several books and she has won numerous international awards. She recently won the Gold Award for her series of watercolors, “In the 90’s” and was featured at the MiKiHASi, Memories, and international film featuring this series.
Linda’s website is www.lindamccord.com
2nd Place – Overall - Maureen Ravnik - "Taos Artist”
Maureen's techniques are largely self-taught. She is deeply inspired by Ansel Adams and Art Wolfe. Her work is delivered in an array of styles that arc between passionately abstract and doggedly figurative. Maureen has had images placed in the Audubon International Top 250, local, national and international juried photography exhibitions, winning placements in monthly club competitions, state park calendars, images selected for use by the City of Littleton, and many images selected as editor picks on National Geographic and for publication.
Her work has been the subject of several newspapers. She has co-authored 2 books that document the history, beauty and environment of the second largest natural area in the country.
Maureen has also served as a juror for the Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts in Colorado. Her website is www.maureenravnik.crevado.com
3rd Place – Overall - James L. Foster - "The Violinist”
James (Jim) L. Foster was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. Self-taught, he has always had a fascination with facial expressions and capturing those expressions via oil on canvas and/or graphite on watercolor paper. Many times Jim found it difficult to let a commissioned piece go after becoming attached in the creation process. Jim says, "As with all my art, I must find the connection between what it represents and how it will be perceived by others".
Jim's art experience consists of being commissioned for portraitures, reproductions, restorations, murals, signage, illustrations, etc., over the past 45 years. His work includes portraiture in graphite, carbon, charcoal (separate and mixed) as well as oil on canvas.
James’s website is www.jameslfoster.com
4th Place – Overall - Chang Yin Sun - "Leisure Time”
Chang Yin Sun was born in Wenzhou, China. Prior to immigrating to Canada in 1988, Sun was the Fine Arts editor for Wen Xue Qing Nian (Literary Youth Magazine) and winner of numerous awards. His many paintings and portraits are currently collected by many art galleries and museums in China and North America. His large mural “Swan Lake” yielded him the title of outstanding artist from the Canadian government. Sun has also written a few art books, such as “Chang Yin Sun's Water lnk Portrait of the Human Bodies”, “Sketches of Human Bodies”, “How to use Palette Knife for Oil Painting” and “Chang Yin Sun’s Oil Paintings”.
Chang Yin Sun can be reached via his Email.
5th Place – Overall - Jennifer Podor - "Practice, Practice”
My name is Jennifer Podor and I have been doing photography for a very long time. I can remember using Kodak cameras with flash cubes and how I would save my money to buy film and flash cubes. And of course have the film developed and printed. As the years passed I was finally able to get a “real” camera and finally had a darkroom in my basement. My first SLR was a Minolta and I still have both bodies and lenses today. I also still have a darkroom, although someone else has other uses for it currently.
When doing a final portfolio, my instructor asked me why it was not themed the same throughout. I replied that there are many things that are just asking to have their pictures taken, so I do. And to this day, I still take pictures of things that interest me. I love doing nature and landscape pictures, but people are also a lot of fun. I loved doing a couple who were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.
Photoshop has been a big influence for me over the last several years and I have devoted much time and effort into learning this post editing process. Even the greats like Ansel Adams did post processing in their work. And lastly I am now learning how to “Paint” in Photoshop. It has become very addictive for me.
Jennifer’s website is www.mcpodphotography.com
6th Place – Overall - Blake Ward – “Devorah”
Blake Ward was born in northern Canada. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours in 1979 from the University of Alberta. In 1985 Blake moved to Paris to study traditional techniques of modelling figurative sculpture, and opened his current studio in Monte Carlo in 1990.
While teaching at the University of Hanoi in 2003, Blake witnessed the devastation left behind by landmines and remnants of war. This resulted in his series of “de-constructed” figures entitled “Fragments”, which since 2007, has been raising funds for landmine clearance. The activist within then moved onto a political series, the “ReThink” collection; an amalgamation of graffitied figurative sculpture, and performance art that comments on human rights, and freedoms.
The Spirits series renews Blake’s relationship to the human form exposing the interior and expounding on the beauty of the imperfect. This collaborative work with artist Boky Hackel invites the viewer to contemplate the mysteries within our internal landscape of self. The Andromeda collection participates in the evolution of figurative using digital technology and 3D printing to create what would be impossible to create by hand. These partial figures speak of our expanding consciousness and the amalgamation of our technology and our soul.
Blake’s work has been exhibited in France, Italy, Germany, England, Singapore, India, Hong Kong, the United States and Canada.
Blake’s website is www.blakeward.com
7th Place – Overall - Mike Maron - "Downtime”
Mike Maron paints in oil, acrylic, and watercolor and is a member of the Art Guild of the Kennebunks. His paintings have been juried into shows of the New England Watercolor Society, the Rockport Art Association, the University of Southern Maine, and the Union of Maine Visual Artists.
He is currently drawing inspiration from the lobstermen and women who he observes working along the southern Maine coast. Theirs is a way of life that is threatened by both climate change and the progressive loss of working waterfront. He is personally drawn to artwork that depicts what life was like in the past and likes the idea of creating art that will give future viewers a glimpse of this profession. He is particularly drawn to their fishing equipment, which can be both colorful and worn looking from years of hard use. He is interested in unusual perspectives and how colors, light and shadow interact with one another to describe a form.
His work can be seen at the Wright Gallery in Cape Porpoise, Maine, and online on his website, mikemaron.artspan.com.
8th Place – Overall - Judy Fan - "Tough Guy”
Judy is an award winning artist. Her artwork has been juried into finalists in Artist’s Magazine Annual Art Competition. Her work was also published in Southwest Art Magazine and Artist Portfolio Magazine. She was selected to be the cover artist of Artist Portfolio Magazine.
“My art is mostly from my own life experiences: my home, the town I've been living in for years, places I visited in the past, my children’s activities and people I met. I painted people or the moments in my life that moved me. I hope the viewers will relate my artwork to their own life” remarks Judy.
While Judy paints various subjects, portraits are always Judy’s favorite. She is fascinated by every human face, whether an old woman in Nepal or a little girl next door. She not only wants to paint an individual's face but his/her soul. When asked about her painting style, Judy described her style as classic realism with a contemporary approach. She wants to show painterly quality of her work not photo realistic or total classic realism. She likes to use an abstract background to her portrait to show some contemporary feeling and use bold brush strokes to evoke emotions and inject energy. For medium choice, she loves Oil. Judy studied at Watts Atelier of the Arts and Palette & Chisel Academy of Fine Arts.
9th Place – Overall - Fang Xin – “Wu Mountain Goddess Zhaoyun”
Xin Fang male graduated from the Sculpture Department of Xi'an Academy of Fine Arts Sculptor of Shaanxi Provincial Sculpture Institute The creation direction of the work is the interpretation of traditional culture in the current era, thinking about the mutual positioning of the world and human based on the relationship between heaven, earth and people, and expressing the spiritual power of traditional Chinese culture in the context of contemporary people.
Fang Xin can be reached via his Email.
10th Place – Overall - Cathy Dunn - "Heart and Soul”
Painting has become a passion for Cathy Dunn. With no background in art, she started taking classes in watercolor after retirement and her move to Nashville, Tennessee. She is fascinated with the endless possibilities with watercolor and different effects that can be achieved. She has painted landscapes, water scenes, pet portraits, flowers and wildlife but strives to have the paintings tell a story whenever possible. The paintings that Cathy chooses to keep are the ones that capture moments in time that evoke memories that she wants to remember. Cathy is honored and amazed to have been accepted into local, national and international exhibitions and to be represented by two galleries.
Cathy’s website is http://dunnwatercolor.com
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