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Year in Review – Our Top Winning Artists for 2016

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Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is pleased to announce its “Year in Review” edition has been compiled and is now posted.  This feature reviews and promotes the gallery’s 12 top winning artists for the 12 individual monthly art exhibitions held in 2016.

In 2016 the gallery received more than 8,015+ entries for our monthly art competitions and the following artist’s and their art are what we considered to be the best 12 entries for each monthly theme. 

The gallery received a broad array of media and artistic styles throughout the year.  We tried to showcase the various media received in our art exhibitions and we hope that you will take some time to view the various exhibitions that we have posted in our Archive Section.

All Photography – Dec. 2016 – 1st Place – Da’Rrell Privott – “Endurance”

Da’Rrell has had a love for the arts for many years. He’s been working as a Professional Photographer & Artist since 2006; perfecting a unique artistic style that has become an intricate culmination of creativity which he uses to push the envelope of normal photography.

In 2007, EnoStyle Magazine placed Da’Rrell’s images, paintings, and sculpted work in a two page published editorial entitled “Man on Fire: America’s Genius Sculptor in Residence”. Since then he’s been focusing his efforts on creating artistic photographs using his vast photography painting, and drawing, skills, which can be described as an art fusion. He creates what he calls “slices of life”, artistic photographs, through his unique methods of lighting, odd angles for composition, and mastering various digital manipulation technics. He then uses his unique painting artistic skillset to incorporate these layers into his designs to communicate deep emotional thoughts with the viewer though his photographic works.

Da’Rrell is inspired by such great art masters as; Henri Cartier-Bresson, David LaChapelle, Annie Leibovitz, and Lyndon Wade. He has received international recognition for his works. In February 2014, he placed 7th in the International Online Photography contest, Light, Space & Time’s 3rd Annual “All Photography” Art Competition, entitled “Fuming Blue Devils”.

In 2015, he was awarded for the Light, Space & Time’s 5th Annual “ Open” Art Exhibition Special Merit Award for his photo Gypsy Woman. His award winning work can also be seen in Issuu Magazines 2015, Tzipac.com 2015-2016, The Eros 4 Awards with 3 Finalist Awards in August 2016. Da’Rrell’s website address is: www.t7images.com

SeaScapes – Nov. 2016 – 1st Place – Mo Wassell – “Port A #2”

Mo Wassell believes that being an artist is not something she “does”… it’s part of who she is. Her journey has souvenirs from pastels, pencil drawing, watercolors, jewelry, assemblage, and therapeutic visual journaling.

The technical answer to the question “what do you do?” would be mixed media. But in fact she is a visual storyteller. Each canvas or assemblage has some element to it that speaks to her and has a story that is meant to be shared. Sometimes it might be just one word… sometimes it’s a memory, or a visual expression of a meaningful emotion. She loves using unusual elements – old book covers become “canvas”, worn papers have incredible beauty; she gravitates to the flotsam and jetsam that some consider destined for the trash.

Often amazed at the journey as a piece develops, it’s not uncommon for Mo to stand back when it’s finished and say, “Wow! So THAT’s what you were trying to say!” She claims to work best when she just allows that voice, wherever it comes from, to speak in its own time and its own way.

“What I know is this… I have to create; there is no longer a choice, it’s only a matter of when and for how long each time. I was once told that as artists ‘we are changing the world’. At first I thought that was a terribly grandiose sentiment to claim. But I’ve come to believe the truth of it. If only for a moment my art can remind someone of a special time when they laughed … or loved… or were loved… or just enjoyed being, then I’ve been part of something wonderful and powerful.”

She has had her art exhibited in various shows, and has been published in Incite 3, Incite 4, and various publications. She is a member of Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition, National Collage Society, and Arts Alliance of Perkins.

When not creating (and even while she is!) Mo is a wife, mother, dreamer, travel camper, cancer survivor, and cuddlier of 5 fur-babies (3 dogs and 2 cats). “My art adds meaning to my life… and I hope it does that for others as well.”  www.mowassellart.weebly.com

Open – Oct. 2016 – 1st Place – Lloyd Nicholson – “Falling in to Fall”

Lloyd Nicholson is a local Salt Spring Island, abstract expressionist, who has focused his talents on the medium of Plexiglas and/or press-board for the last 14 years. This medium provides a perfect surface for his work as he requires a near friction-less surface to obtain his effects.

As an abstract expressionist, he sets up basic designs, colours and paint solutions, then embeds botanicals in resins if using them, sets up likely flow patterns through his expertise in the medium, and with the best of his ability to control flow patterns, he uses fans, levelers, tipping and blowing to get some of his final effects.

The beautiful, and often unexpected organic lines that follow the physics of nature can be seen clearly in his work, giving the work an ethereal quality on one hand, and a near geologic look on the other. Whether observing nature by looking through a microscope, or the vast cosmos through the Hubble Telescope, his work mirrors those many natural forms. These “universal” patterns that he has observed, and been in love with since a little boy, are reproduced here in these forms but in a unique and beautiful way.

By using Plexiglas as his main medium he can produce work that has, unlike stained glass, elements of opacity AND translucency. These works of art can then be used also in utilitarian ways, such as decorative ways of partitioning areas of a room by placing the work into screens that hang vertically, table inlays, window or wall art.

Lloyd Nicholson has been a member of the Salt Spring Gallery of Fine Art for the last 6 years and has sold his work through this venue, his own and others, worldwide.  His website:

Seasons – Sep. 2016 – 1st Place – Gregory Kluempers – “Alley Spring Mill Fall Mo”

Greg Kluempers has lived in St. Louis, MO his entire life. He bought his first serious 35mm camera in 1970. Shortly after that he started taking college level fine art courses including photography and was in his first show with other students in 1972.

In the mid-seventies Greg started a career as an engineer in the aircraft industry. During that time photography was a serious hobby. He retired from that position in 2014.

In 1999 Greg returned to Florissant Valley at night to continue his art education and in June, 2006 he received Associate in Fine Arts Degree – Photography. While working on this degree the emphasis was film and darkroom processing. In 2007 Greg started working strictly in digital photography.

For a number of years Greg’s images were mainly geometric. He extracted part of an object/structure and to create abstract images from old building, a distorted reflection, an architectural detail and the juxtaposition of adjoining buildings.

In the last few year Greg has expanded his image subjects to landscapes and architectural of various locations in the US and Europe. He captures his images with the idea of the finished image already in his mind. He’s thinking post processing right from the very beginning. Many of his images fit into the Pictorialism Style using manipulation of typically “straight” photographic materials and create new, more expressive, painterly, altered interpretations as was a way of projecting an emotional intent into the viewer’s realm of imagination. He does this in Photoshop using plug-ins, filters, layers of textures, and blending them with various opacities into a finished image.  www.greg-kluempers.comistwebsites.com

Nature – Aug. 2016 – 1st Place – John Duke – “Preening”

As a 19 year veteran of a local police department, John Duke took up painting as a way to relieve the everyday stresses of the job. His love of animals has dominated his subject matter. He enjoys the challenge of meticulously rendering the various textures of an animal’s fur or feathers or scales. A major objective of his work is to bring out the intrinsic beauty of a creature not generally thought of as being “pretty” or “cute”, such as a turtle or lizard.

Since 2007, John has participated in dozens of juried and non- juried exhibitions in the Washington Metropolitan area, where he has won 15 best of show awards. In the past 5 years, he has accepted commissions for clients all over the United States. 

While most of his time is taken up as a law enforcement officer, John looks forward to the day he can focus all his energies to art.  jocadu1@yahoo.com

Figurative – July 2016 – 1st Place – Jill Harrison – “David”

Jill studied Graphic Design after leaving school in the 1970’s but now lives on a small Scottish croft where her art has taken a different more organic turn.

Having reared a small flock of Hebridean and Shetland sheep she works their beautiful fleeces into unique works of art unlike the usual felted pieces that one sees these images are loosely layered and placed onto a base board and then compressed underneath glass which gives an ethereal and more painterly effect than can be achieved from wet or needle felted work.

Although Jill makes her art from the inspiration that comes from her natural surroundings she is also intrigued with the human face and all the emotions that it shows therefore she has ‘painted’ with wool the portraits of many a beautiful visage and has also been commissioned to make many wool portraits for private clients .  www.jill-harrison.webs.com

Animals – Jun. 2016 – 1st Place  – Jaime de la Torre Naharro – “Tenebrae”

Along with his artistic career Jaime de la Torre Naharro developed and experimented with a large range of techniques and materials. Above all of them, ballpoint pen drawing is the method that he decided to specialize due to its great versatility and infinite possibilities it offers. 

Jamie states the following, “Nature and portrait themes acquire a clear importance on my work, taking as primary shot the foreground. Having performed around 800 portraits applying different procedures provides me with a great ability in regards of facial anatomy.” 

He goes on to describe his artistic journey, “In 2013, after a complex process of experimentation, I developed the negative ballpoint pen drawing technique, a brand new concept that consists of reverting colours in order to create breath taking images. This technique that has become a fundamental pillar on my work requires of a high knowledge in colour theories in order to be able to create tones and images with strong chromatic effects as opposite from natural images.”

Jamie concludes with the following, “You can use millions of materials for this technique, but in this occasion I have chosen the line of a bic ballpoint giving as a result when you positive it golden tone images, being this the opposite to blue bic ballpoint and pencils to give as a result silver tones.”  His art website is  www.jaimedelatorreart.com

Botanicals – May 2016 – 1st Place – Dianne English – “Bergenia Enhanced”

Dianne English is an Australian amateur photographer and artist and she has had no formal training in this medium.

Dianne’s knowledge and techniques are gained from self-tuition, help from other artists, along with exposure and experience gained in photographic art competitions. 

Dianne uses Photoshop, along with some plugin tools which are used to create her finished work.

Dianne states the following about her photography, “I am proud of what I have achieved through self-expression in my work and to date, my greatest accomplishment and award has been the Overall Winner in the International Gardens in Focus Floral Photographic Competition in 2014.  dizel@bbsol.com

Landscapes – Apr. 2016 – 1st Place – Murray Ince – “Toward Bourton on the Water”

I was born in Newport in 1957, on the whole I enjoyed school and of course my favourite subject was always art. I became a furniture maker and gradually moved into designing and manufacturing so I was always drawing and painting furniture designs. I took up painting seriously, though not full time in the early 1990’s, in 1996 I decided to do an A level Art and Design at the local college to get a taste of structured art learning and in 1997 did a teaching qualification. I love to teach people to draw and paint and have tutored classes at the Isle of Wight College. I take students for private tuition in my home studio, demonstrate for art groups and have run painting experiences for Warner Leisure and currently tutor The 5 Bells Art Group that meets in Brighstone on a Tuesday afternoon. I am a ‘Leader’ for HF Holidays, running painting and drawing holidays all over Britain as well as other painting holidays in Britain, France, Italy and Greece.

My first love is Landscape painting and Winsor and Newton’s ‘Artisan’ oils; I have written a book titled ‘Landscape Painting In ‘Artisan’ Water-Mixable Oils’ and am a featured artist and product ambassador for Winsor and Newton. I received a Highly Commended award in the 2012 Patchings competition in ‘The Artist’ professional category for which I was delighted and in 2015 had a painting accepted for the final exhibition at The Patchings. I am a regular entrant to the Light, Space and Time art competitions and have been lucky enough to have had a degree of success.

I exhibit on the Island regularly and have always got a painting on the go, I get a buzz every time I pick up a pencil or my brushes, I am never stuck for ideas or inspiration and always have at least a dozen paintings waiting to be done, the next painting is always just around the corner and who knows, maybe one day a masterpiece! Most of all though I enjoy teaching and showing students that painting can be a lot less daunting than they imagine, to witness the enthusiasm in creating a piece of art that they are proud of is simply magical!  www.murrayince.com

Abstracts – Mar. 2016 – 1st Place – Rex Good – “Splendor”

Rex Good grew up in Missoula, among the beautiful Rocky Mountains of western Montana, USA. He describes himself as kind of a throwback 1960s flower child with a deep appreciation for nature and the interconnectedness of life, hopefully reflected in his acrylic abstracts.

“My paintings are usually started by choosing a general color pallet based on what might move me in the moment. Additionally, I may or may not chose a general shape and/or texture. I use liquid paints because they often flow in unexpected ways that help to inspire and shape my creations.” 

Upon graduating high school, Rex decided to explore the the natural beauty of the rest of the world. After many visits to Canada, he drove the Yukon highway all the way up from Montana through Canada to Alaska, where he ended up living for six years, spending several winters working for a seismic studies company on the arctic ice near the North Pole. He has experienced first-hand, the beauty of the northern lights, arctic foxes and even polar bears. 

Rex returned to Montana in 1986 to stay with his mom after the death of his father, and began Japanese language, and Communications studies at the University of Montana. After graduating with a degree in Communications, he lived in Osaka Japan for two years working for a Japanese log home company.

Rex moved to San Francisco, California in 1994. While living there, he had the opportunity to visit Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, and also Argentina and Brazil. Travels to those countries and Canada, and to almost all of the United States west of the Mississippi, including Alaska and Hawaii, have enriched his love of the organic shapes and colors of nature

Rex recently moved to Fort Bragg, California to pursue his art career while enjoying enjoy the cool climate, coastal beauty, and wonderful thriving art community of the area. He has only recently had the courage to share his gorgeous self-taught works with the public, and hopes they reflect the inspirations of his life and inspire YOU!   rexagood@gmail.com

CityScapes – Feb. 2016 – 1st Place – Jeffrey Friedkin – “Intersection”

Jeffrey Friedkin was born in the Bronx and has lived in and around New York City for his life.

Jeffrey enjoys discovering slices of urban life in all of its gritty details and intense colors throughout the seasons. The lush rural landscapes and sparkling seascapes of the Hudson River Valley region equally inspires his photography.

Jeffrey employs a synthesis of the artistic eye and technology. His work focuses on New York life: the streets, people, architecture and nature.  

My images tell these stories.  http://jeffrey-friedkin.comistwebsites.com

All Women – Jan. 2016 – 1st Place – Branka Grubić  – “Just Breathe”

Branka Grubić grew up in Šibenik, Croatia in the 1980’s. Her painting began as a teenager, but her career did not really begin until her early-30s. Branka’s paintings are contemporary and have a universal appeal to men and women of all cultures. The work consists of layers of paint and imagery that exude to energy and life. The viewer is drawn into a world filled with movement, a signature style illustrating Branka’s ability to juxtapose abstract mixed media with the feminine figure.

Charity is also a high priority for artist Branka Grubić. She donated her art to several charitable events and causes.

Continuous positive reception of Branka’s work is also evident in corporate settings with many leading organizations. Critics have said, “Similar to her pop art predecessors, Branka’s brightly colored abstracts and photo-paintings do not demand anything from us. They reflect ourselves back to us. They allow us to fill in the blanks with our own stories. Perhaps it is this lack of an agenda that appeals to such a giant segment of the population.”  www.brankagrubic.com

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