The Overall Winning Artists Category consists of the 10 Best Entries received from the 3 media categories of the Painting & Other Category, the Photography & Digital Category and the 3 Dimensional Category.
All winning artists will now be featured on the Light Space & Time website for the month of July 2015 and thereafter, the artworks and links to the artist’s websites will remain online in the Light Space & Time Archives.
Congratulations to our artists who made our 5th 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 page for further ongoing promotion.
The Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery will have “Figurative” Award Certificates, Event Postcard, Event Catalogue and Press Releases sent to you within the next week or so. Thank you for being part of the gallery. To return to the Figurative Home Page here.
1st Place – Thalia B. Vernet – “Double Skin”
Discover the photographic work of Thalia B. Vernet is like diving in sensitive arcane depths of human...
Any of contemporaneity, photography is her material to capture the emotion in its purest spontaneity to capture the brilliance of a moment. When looking at her works, whether of a black and white portrait, of a horse's head, a naked man's body, a forest landscape, which grabs us first is its sensuality.
Thalia B. Vernet fully owns her art, mastering the technical, engaged both digital and film that according to her stylistic choices, it invents its own aesthetic, wishing to arouse the question in looking at, to challenge its imagination, and confuse reality in a setting reminiscent of an informal stage.
The artist invites us to a free circulation of intelligible and different looks between dream and reality, the artist legend her job, listing the body postures; former ballet dancer, Thalia B. Vernet canned a taste for an inspired gesture, also interpret nature and landscapes in a very personal identity, using the acute shadows and light for a unique picture with mystery and passion like life.
Thalia B. Vernet is these innovative artists beyond the photographic process erects an intimate story in which being printed artifacts emotions but also his vision of humanity. www.facebook.com/ThaliePhoto
2nd Place – Martin Arnold – “Gypsy”
Martin Arnold was born and raised in Michigan. For thirty-seven years he was employed as a designer of automation machinery. While he loved the engineering environment, upon retiring, he relocated to Mississippi and dedicated himself to the pursuit of his first love, painting the human figure. In 2012 he earned his MFA degree in painting from the University of Mississippi.
Each of Arnold's paintings deviates from conventional portraiture by probing beyond the distinctiveness of his subjects to explore and emphasize our commonalities.
Martin has earned several international, national and regional awards for his figurative works. When not in the classroom teaching, he devotes his time to painting and sculpting the human figure.
Currently, Arnold is an instructor at East Mississippi Community College where he teaches art fundamentals to aspiring artists. He resides in Starkville, Mississippi with his wife, Cherrie, and two dogs. www.mypntgs.com
3rd Place – Michael Davis – “Self Reflection”
My journey as an Artist has been an exhilarating experience, but not without a personal, physical, or financial struggle. I chose to leave a profession that did not allow me the freedom to become who I was striving to be. Being an Artist is a lifelong journey and I will continue to learn, aspire, and inspire every day.
Much of my artwork explores what it means to be human in our evolving social world. I prefer to focus primarily on our presence, energy, and subconscious. In addition, I want my works of art to challenge the standard of current art practice.
Art is something that is physical and tangible. The raw textures I purposefully leave behind are traces of my artistic process. It allows my audience to join in a conversation with me, my idea and suggested the statement. One of my artistic idols Richard MacDonald once stated that "Art is a gift of almost inexplicable magical energy". It is creating a universal window to new worlds that drives me to push the boundaries through art.
Through collective collaboration, I want to give back to the community and reinstate the importance of art in our school systems. Lastly, I devote myself as an Artist to reaffirm our faith in humanity and to the sustainment of global cultural exchange. Email
4th Place – Wendy Layne - “Alone”
Wendy was born in 1967 and currently resides in The Woodlands, Texas. I am a wife and mother of five children and grandmother of four boys. My talent is a natural inherited ability and my goal with each piece is to passionately capture the beautiful process of life into a timeless reminder to enjoy for a lifetime and pass on to future generations.
Art has always been an important part of my life, however, raising a family was a priority and for many years I created in a small corner of my bedroom very late at night while my children slept. As my children have grown I now find that there is an overwhelming pull for me to create and my home now includes a 200 square foot art studio. I am experienced with watercolor, acrylic, pen and ink, collage, and sculpting with clay, however, after discovering my natural ability with colored pencils in September of 2014, they are now my preferred medium.
My goal is to spend the rest of my life deeply immersed in the art community inspiring other artists and art enthusiast with my work. www.wendylayne.com
5th Place – Vincent Isner – “Venus Magdalena”
Vincent Isner’s photographic art encompasses a variety of styles, including figurative works informed by the pastoralists, pre-Raphaelite, and Renaissance artists and sculptors, as well as Yousuf Karsh and other photographic masters of the 20th century. Vincent seeks to create representative works that invite beauty to awaken and nourish its viewers.
With a background in the visual arts, media production, music, and child development, Vincent’s work ranges from classic nudes to character-rich portraits, African tribal elders, and two U.S. Presidents. “A photographic artist creates a world as he wishes it to be. It begins with a love of people and of beauty and culminates with an image that conveys a deeper, layered message.
Vincent also spent time as the head of a national advocacy organization on Capitol Hill and now lives in Franklin, Tennessee. Vincent’s website is www.photographsbyvincent.com
6th Place – Calvin Lai – “Landlord”
Calvin Lai describes his art as “the monkey” that climbed on his back while he was making a self-portrait in kindergarten. His fascination with rendering drove him towards realism, and he began teaching himself the basics of value and perspective at a very early age.
Growing up in Los Angeles, his addiction to art progressed, and his favorite subject became faces and figures. He eventually moved to San Francisco to attend San Francisco State University in order to study drawing and printmaking. It wasn't until 2008, when he enrolled at the Academy of Art of San Francisco, that he began painting seriously.
Since then he has pursued the development of his painting skills, showing in galleries, group shows, juried exhibitions, and has appeared in the Southwest Art magazine. Oil paints are now his primary medium. Calvin still focuses mainly on figurative and portrait painting, developing several ongoing series, but also has a love for landscape painting.
Using paints, brushes, and determination, Calvin captures the unique and compelling character of every subject matter he pursues. www.calvinlaiart.com
7th Place – Mara Zaslove – “In Repose”
When she looks through her camera, Mara is drawn towards a composition that tells a story. Primarily self-taught, she has enjoyed being exposed to a spectrum of art and learning.
Her focus is on a variety of motifs and she often relies on natural light to reflect an array of patterns and relationships.
Ms. Zaslove grew up in a family that embraced the arts. She found that this early exposure permeates her sense of balance and style. Her passion for photography has allowed her to express herself in a visual conversation.
Photography has ignited a passion that has interwoven Mara's view of the world with her life experiences. The outcome results in an unfolding documentation of the world in which we live.
She has most recently had her photographs represented by bG/BGart Gallery at Bergamot Station and haleArts Gallery in Santa Monica. Currently, she is developing two series; one focused on the depletion of the Salton Sea and the other, on 'Aging Gracefully'. Her website can be found at www.photosbymara.com
8th Place – Naz Weich – “The Reader”
‘It’s all about capturing what the eye cannot see, but what the mind knows is there! When I paint, it’s not so much about the subject matter. It’s about movement, the movement that is always there. I want to capture that movement, show it through lines and colors, express how it changes and influences the energy that is always surrounding us.’
Born in Pakistan, Naz has lived in Italy, England, Germany, Kenya, Pakistan and now Montreal. An avowed artist since her early teens, she won a scholarship to Italy where she studied at the ‘Accademia di Belli Arti Pietro Vannucci’ in Perugia. She graduated in 1986 specializing in painting and photography.
Naz Perver Weich has taken the influences of cubists like Picasso and Cezanne to inform and refine her own style. The destruction and reconstitution of a form are used to create multiple angles and viewpoints, offering the impression of colors and lines to express form over the idea of form itself. Though her work mostly deals with universal subject matter, it is more often than not, figurative, but requires much looking to make out the various forms. The different layers and aspects of the subject matter are broken down into colors and lines, fascinatingly slipping in and out of focus showing movement, change, and vibrating energy.
Her unique style offers little, sloping curves within the straight edges which captivate and disseminate the view over the canvas. Everything takes on new shapes in the wake of these details offering something new at each passing glance. Naz expresses a powerful vision in her abstracted figuration
Naz speaks with passion about her work, emphasizing that her paintings must stimulate some intellectual reasoning within the viewer-both aesthetic and philosophical, demanding attention and response from the viewer as she brilliantly captures the movement of her ever-changing silhouettes. www.nazweich.com
9th Place – Lanny Sherwin – “Portrait of James”
Lanny Sherwin has been engaged in the creative arts for most of his life: writing, editing, photography, music, origami, drawing, painting...
Some have been for business, such as being President of Gulfshore Publishing Co., Inc., which published magazines. Some have been for whimsy, such as being the lead guitarist for the seminal oldies band, "Midlife Crisis." Underneath all of them has been a stream of curiosity, a naivete, and a desire to achieve the highest quality regardless of the medium.
Lanny has been creating art for about 15 years and began to focus on acrylic painting in 2011. He has accumulated a body of work that displays growth, focus, and heart. Landscapes, figurative, still life, and wildlife all attract his interest, and he approaches each with enthusiasm and creativity.
By the way, Lanny is also President of the children's record label, Sandman Records. He has released 5 kids' CDs, each of which follows his label's motto: "DON'T DRIVE PARENTS CRAZY! His CDs have won over 50 music awards. Check out the music at www.SandmanRecords.com.
In 2015 Lanny combined his passions for music and painting and released "Songs To Paint By" - original smooth jazz instrumentals to inspire your creative soul. Available at iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby, etc., under The Lanny Sherwin Jazz Project.
In previous lives, Lanny was a sea turtle researcher; a newspaper editor; a magazine publisher; ran 9 marathons (PR: 2:47); rode three centuries (100 miles) on his bike; and has shared the stage with Henry Kissinger, Barbara Walters, & Mike Wallace. He lives in Santa Barbara, CA, with his wife, Holly, their son, Alec, and their yellow Lab, Sam. www.LannySherwin.com
10th Place – Michael Hess – “Linnet”
Michael’s life as a fine artist began far later than most with a need to express that could no longer be ignored. What lies below the surface both fascinates and drives him. Striving to capture the qualities of the unseen, that emotion, incomplete memory or fragmented thought felt while engrossed in a piece.
Originally from Massapequa N.Y. and currently working in Allentown, P.A. as a designer, he holds a degree in commercial art. Michael’s work is currently displayed within a number of venues in and around the Lehigh Valley, P.A. area.
He works in a number of mediums, however, is most attracted to oil-based paint and its tendency of unpredictability, keeping a distance from anticipating a final result and allowing a freedom to pursue avenues normally not considered. While rooted in technical realism Michael is currently exploring a far more expressive tone, incorporating color and movement within these images. Michael’s primary subject matter includes the face and human form, for him, they embody the essence of beauty which he feels is the underlying theme in his work.
Michael’s most recent body of work, these pieces are more than a just a literal representation of a person but their soul visualizing its voice. www.facebook.com/MichaelHessArtworks