The Overall Winning Artists Category consists of the 10 Best Entries received from the 2 media categories of the Painting & Other Category and the Photography & Digital Category.
All winning artists will now be featured on the Light Space & Time website for the month of June 2013 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 2013 “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 – Rebecca Calhoun – “Restaurant Confessions Two”
Born in Houston, Texas, Rebecca moved with her family to Southeast Asia at the age of three months. She grew up in Thailand, attended British and International boarding schools in Malaysia until returning to the U.S. to live and begin university studies. She attended Texas Woman’s University, with a full scholarship, and graduated with honors, receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing in 1982.
Since then she has worked primarily as a professional artist, teaching painting and drawing privately and at Texas Woman’s University and Wichita State University while doing graduate work. She currently resides in southern California. Her work is present in many local collections, as well as across the United States and Asia. www.studiocalhoun.com
2nd Place – Michael Messina – “Atlantis Playground”
Michael V. Messina is an Atascadero, California based fine art photographer. Michael has studied through the San Francisco Academy of Art University and has pursued a number of fine art and figurative related genres.
Within the past three years he has had his figurative work exhibited in art galleries ranging from California to Illinois. His latest artistic endeavor has been to take his camera beneath the surface of water and embrace its magical environment of soft tones and diffused light for purposes of creating painterly photographs. Michael has a passion for mythical themes that include the Arthurian legend of Excalibur and the Lady of the Lake, Mermaids, and the Lost City of Atlantis. www.fotobymessina.com
3rd Place – Elizabeth Hodgson – “Just Watch Me”
Elizabeth Hodgson graduated from Portland State University with a BA in Art and a focus in painting. Since then she’s created a number of pieces which are taken from her experiences in local theatre. The paintings connect two forms of art: a still image which highlights a moment in the moving arts. Most of the pieces’ perspectives are from backstage, which causes the viewer to sympathize with the subject. Hodgson is also a scenic painter for the local theatre companies that inspire her.
Elizabeth states the following about here art, “Art spans beyond just a still object. Music, dance, theater, community, and life all tell stories, and I capture a frame of the story on canvas. I paint the moment, but perhaps there is more than one story being told- one we see, and the other we sense?” http://www.comlizzy.com
4th Place – Nicholas Garlab – “Andrea”
Nicholas Garlab is a self-taught photographer who was born in Asturias, Spain. He currently is living and creating in Gijón, Spain. Since 2010 he has worked as a Fine-Art Photographer with a focus mainly on portrait, people and still life art. He loves taking photos whereby his main goal is looking for an impression of the soul of people and of objects. He wants to build an imaginary and dreamy world… but also, close to the reality.
Nicholas’ self-portrait “Ene” has been featured and received the “Editors Pick” in 2013 The Aperture Light Portrait Photography Contest, Recently, he was a finalist in the Fotoup International Photography Competition, “Face in Frame 2013”. Nicholas has been chosen as one of the 12 winning photographers for the 2013 International Feature Photographer Competition in Halifax, Canada. In addition, he has been nominated in the “Portrait” Category for the International 6th Annual Photography Masters Cup (2013). Also, Nicholas has exhibited his work at the SCOPE Art Miami 2012.
Nicholas says this about his photography, “I am just a passenger who is unlearning bit by bit, each day a little more…”. www.nicholasgarlab.com
5th Place – Tony Luciani – “Wonder Woman”
Tony Luciani was born 1956 and raised in Toronto, Canada. The artist, growing up in Toronto, was able to partake in the best possible creative education. After Central Technical School, Sheridan Community College, and the Ontario College of Art from 1975 to 1978, Tony received his degree along with post graduate study in the off-campus program in Florence, Italy.
Luciani’s work is an investigation into the impact of uneasiness and distortion inherent in the painted image, as it is received by the viewer and also in his own relationship to that image.
Luciani has been working as an artist fulltime for thirty-five years, and his work has been described as “interpretive realism” and as “unconventionally surreal.” This may be because Tony is precise in the manipulation of the medium and many of his compositional paintings are drawn directly from life, although his painting is always a response to the subject, rather than simply its re-presentation. In Luciani’s overarching project of experiencing and communicating the unease of the everyday, his work is in dialogue with, for example, the paintings of Christiane Pflug, Lucian Freud and Antonio Lopez Garcia. Tony Luciani is represented in important private and corporate collections throughout Canada and internationally. www.tonyluciani.ca
6th Place – Dan Pyle – “Prophet”
With virtually no formal art training, Dan Pyle has been drawing since childhood. His work has been published in several art magazines and books. In addition, he has won many local and international awards for his artworks.
Dan has shown his work in Palm Springs, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Hollywood, Santa Ana, Long Beach, Pasadena, West Hollywood and New York. Dan has also begun cultivating international clients in Canada and as far away as Germany and in Malaysia. Currently, 23 of his drawings have been permanently installed in the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas, as part of their impressive art collection. He continues to challenge himself as an artist, with an assortment of subjects and increased attention to detail. http://danpyleartist.com
7th Place – Andrzej Farfulowski – “Piotr”
Andrzej Farfulowski is a painter who lives and creates in the UK. Andrzej states this about his life and his artworks, “The attitude towards my art is the same as the attitude towards my whole life. To explain myself as a person I can use the ‘language’ of my art and reversible I can explain my art using the ‘language’ of my life..Both dimensions are ruled by the same mechanisms based on facing the same problems, the same weaknesses, the same needs, the same fears, the same conflicts, the same desires..the same will to by my own studies learning about myself, trying to trust myself, to live more consciously and without fear..to find a peace, calmness and agreement among contradictory elements in me..to find a balance between extremes in opposition to each other..to find a sense, strength and beauty..I don’t know where I go and where I end up.. Whatever it is going to be I just want it to be true…” His artworks can be found at www.pigart.org
8th Place – T.P. Dunn – “Shady Lady”
T.P. returned to the fine art world in 2010 after 30 years spent in the technical drawing world. He lives and works from his studio in Kingston, Tennessee. T.P. currently exhibits at the Art Market Gallery in Knoxville, Tennessee.
T.P. has been selected as one of the winners in North Light Books annual drawing competition. Recently, his drawing ‘Carnival’ was selected and will be included in ‘Strokes of Genius 5: Best of Drawing’. This book will be available in September 2013. http://tp-dunn.comistwebsites.com
9th Place – R. Leopoldina Torres – “Litany 3”
Leopoldina Torres states this about her life and her art, “I have spent my life wandering both loud, crowded city streets and abandoned quiet trails, listening to the voices that came not just from the people surrounding me, but from the bricks, land, trees, and stones. At a young age, I fell in love with the imagery and language of high-contrast black-and-white modernist photography. I connected with the beauty and mystery often found within the landscape images of photographers like Timothy O’Sullivan, Paul Strand, Edward Weston and Minor White”.
She continues her thoughts, “Through my photography I attempt to explore the perseverance of the human spirit, despite the frequent absence of a figure within the imagery. Using the language of black-and-white modernist photography, I try to record the voices of the land and cityscapes around me. Self-taught, I began developing film and showing my photos under the name Leopoldina since the early ’90s. Currently, I work with both film & digital, as well as have been exploring the use of intaglio press solar etchings and gel printmaking techniques out of my studio in Cambridge, MA”.
“Recently, I have begun to turn the gaze of the lens inward and explore the performative nature of gender and identity found within portraiture. By layering transparent photographs of the body with objects found in nature and text, I hope to examine the palimpsest of emotions attached to how we define ourselves and how the viewer engages with this imagery.” www.leopoldinaphotos.com
10th Place – Vincent Isner – “Florentine Nude”
As a student of the fine arts, Vincent’s compositions and lighting are inspired by Renaissance and Baroque painting masters as well as Yousuf Karsh and other photographic masters of the 20th century. He writes, “I use my camera to create life-affirming beauty. I frequently choose the nude not only because is it the supreme challenge, but because the idealized human form is an incomparable expression of beauty that merges body, mind, and spirit.”
Vincent’s character-rich portraiture ranges from authors and members of Congress to national religious leaders and African tribal elders. Describing his style Vincent notes, “A photojournalist captures the world as it is. 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 message. The camera plays a role, but it is only part of a larger, extraordinary journey.” Vincent’s work may be seen at www.vinceisner.com