Bauhaus Prairie Art Gallery

Celebrating the modernity of creative contemporary and traditional art through online art competition

January 2017


Open Media – Open Subject

Juror’s Statement

Open Subject – Open Medium as a theme for an art exhibition offers many interpretations for the artists submitting artwork. The entries submitted were an eclectic mix of media, concepts and themes with each piece of art expertly rendered by the artists. The quality of the work submitted for consideration made the jury selection both a pleasure as well as difficult thing to narrow down to a manageable size art exhibition. I decided I would select 20 artists from the 32 artists that submitted a total 96 entries and include at least two works for each artist. It was a good goal but in the end I selected 22 artists and 62 works in total.

Looking at the show as a whole, the component that unifies the exhibition is the strong use of color. The subject matter is a good representation of genres that many artists like to explore: still life, figurative, landscapes, cityscapes, abstraction, animals and social statements. Strong compositional movement is apparent in many pieces and especially when in juxtaposition with other art pieces that treat the subject in a stasis arrangement. It is a good show representing some very talented artists

-Caryl Morgan

Juror’s Notes

Pink Ladies, Best of Show, oil painting by Thomas Buchs, demonstrates what is best about Plein Air Painting: capturing the essence of light from painting on location. To look at this painting is to feel the warmth in the orchard and the artist demonstrates a painterly understanding of color complements, which brings the subject to life. Thomas also builds depth of field with cool colors and invites the viewer to look deep into the tree only to emerge on the far side with glimpses of the light blue summer sky.

Alexey Zoob approaches her subject, Carnival Scene (First Place), with the painting influences of Gauguin, Cezanne, Matisse and early Kandinsky but presented with her own unique modernist approach. The subject is a couple talking and drinking next to a lake but artist also includes are little vignettes around the figures that could be paintings on their own, i.e., still life on the table, city scene in the distance. Color dances in this painting conveying the message that the night is ripe with possibilities.

A contemporary “sublime” painting best describes the Second Place winner. Joe Jones’ painting, Layer Cake, is a bird’s eye view of Horseshoe Bend on the Colorado River. Painted with an analogous color pallet, Jones builds amazing space and depth of field. He pulls the edge of the canyon toward the viewer with the warm colors and sharpened detail and conversely achieves the depth of the canyon by utilizing cool tones and hazy details on the distant canyon walls.

Be My Guest (Third Place), is and outstanding example of all that is watercolor. Yael Maimon uses fresh, clear transparent color to render her subjects and strong powerful brush work to give the painting a feeling that the cats are moving even though it is just one moment in time. She achieves this animation illusion by overlapping brush strokes of color and through carefully applied splashes of bright contrasting color.

Honorable Mention

The Honorable Mention selectees are true examples of the eclectic nature of a show titled Open Subject – Open Media.

Perch Berry by Stefani Allegretti, hints of Magritte, The Treachery of Images and surrealism while Randall Coleman’s photograph of a descending figure in “Loaner” shows the uncertainty of life as one enters an unknown space alone.

Fish on Ice, Kay Deardorf’s painting, has the feeling of life and movement while the subject itself is of the non-living.

Page Filson’s Smolder, illustrates a distant fire on an otherwise still night in a marsh.

Magnolia Seed Pod by Amanda R. Henslee shows a perfectly rendered botanical illustration. The artist realistically presents each element of the seedpod for the viewer’s study and contemplation.

Trace Logan digitally design a new reality for the sun, rendering it in blue, something not seen in our reality. Perhaps Logan’s Blue Sunburst is casting its light onto Christine Meytras’ Night Mountain. Meytras withholds light so the details are hard to discern…is it a mountain or the waves of the sea?

David Phillips’ watercolor, Asking Icarus, poses the question of the ages: Who knows more, youth or the wisdom of experience? David’s arrangement of the elements in this piece makes the view feel the bliss of freedom of flight until one comes too close to the sun and falls back to earth.



Best Of Show

Thomas Buchs

"Pink Ladies"

Oil , 12" x 16"

Sale Price $650

Plein Air Painting (painting from life outdoors) is my major art focus. Much of my current work is representative of this discipline. I try to capture the light and atmosphere of a scene within a few hours. I believe that a painting is not just a two dimensional illusion, but also is a moment in life, captured by an artist on canvas.

I have found that while doing a painting outdoors I am immersed in the moment. What I mean is that later when I look at the painting I can remember all the things that went on as I painted, the weather, the birds singing, a small animal moving through the scene, people who have stopped to talk to me. The memories are all part of the painting.

I am a founding member of Wisconsin Plein Air Painters Association. The WIPAPA was established as a statewide fellowship of artists dedicated to promoting and practicing the traditional discipline of Plein Air painting.

 

Recent Accomplishments in Plein Air Painting:

Best of Show and People’s Choice at Paint the Point Plein Air Event – Mineral Point

2nd place-2014-Theodore Robinson Plain Air Event

3rd Place 2015 Paint the Point Winter Edition-Mineral Point

Beloit College Patron of the Arts Award-2015 Beloit Friends of the Riverfront Plein Air Event

Honorable Mention-2015 and 2016 Historic 3rd Ward Plein Air Event

2nd Place Nocturne 2015 and 2016 Paint the Point Summer Plein Air Event-Mineral Point

1st Place Quick Paint 2015 Catiris Plein Air Event

Merit Award 2015 Between the Bluffs Plein Air Event -LaCrosse

1st place 2016 Pewaukee Waterfront Art Fair Plein Air Event

1st place-2016 Historical Evansville Category -Theodore Robinson Plain Air Event

 

Juried Art Exhibitions:

2014 National Oil and Acrylic Painters “Best of America” Show

One Man Show-October 2015 month long at the Beloit Fine Arts Incubator

Richeson 75 2013 Still Life and Floral Show -2 Finalist and 4 Meritorious , 2015 Small Works Show –Finalist

 

Art Exhibition Awards:

Best of Show – 2010 Plymouth Art Fair, First Place – 2011 Plymouth Art Fair

First Place – WIPAPA Annual Show 2010, Third Place – WIPAPA Annual Show 2012

Certificate of Excellence – 2013 Stevens Point Art Festival

Best of Show – 2013 Kenosha Art Fair

5 Time – Favorite 15% BoldBrush online Competition

First Place -“Point of Color: The Wisconsin Plein Air Painters Association Juried Show,” at the Monroe Arts Center

2nd Place- 2015 “En Plein Air” Exhibit, The Lighthouse Art Center, Tequesta, FL

1st Place League of Milwaukee Artists POE-etry Show

 



First Place

Alexey Zoob - Carnival Scene

"Carnival Scene"

Oil on Linen , 50" x 48"

Sale Price $www.alexeyzoob.com

I was born and raised in Russia where I got fundamental classic education in monumental painting and sculpture. I graduated from Stroganov Art Academy in Moscow 1991 where I participated in various student exhibitions in Sweden, Japan and Italy, but seeking my own path in art I moved to Israel where slowly but steadily I began to paint, to create my own world without looking at the temptations of momentous modern conceptual art” fame and glory “ I spent some time among the Israeli artists participating in various exhibitions in the prestigious galleries such like Jerusalem Theater, in 2003 I moved to US where my art was generously supported by famous philanthropist Len Blavatnik and late Ann Loeb Bronfman. In 2007 I won the Gran Prix in International Miniature Painting Competition (under Washington Miniature Painting Society) I have exhibited my works in the best Washington area galleries. It makes me really glad to see that my painting is understood and appreciated in US and I have chance to work wholeheartedly in what I consider ”my painting”- in style, in color in line.

I reside in Bethesda MD, where I teach art in my studio and paint and exhibit my works.



Second Place

Joe Jones

"Layer Cake"

Acrylics , 24" x 36"

Sale Price $NFS

This piece is of the Horseshoe bend in the Colorado river,as viewed from Dead Horse Point, near Moab, Utah. I titled it “Layer Cake” because of the layers  of the canyon has been referred by others as resembling a layered cake.

I was sketching before I entered grade school, and was doing landscapes with colored pencils by age ten. I was dabbling with water color and oil paints by the time I entered high school. I majored in art at Grand Junction High School.and graduated from Mesa Junior College (now Colorado Mesa University, majoring in Applied Arts.

I served in the Army in Korea during the Viet Nam War. Following dischargefrom the Army I attended the University of Hawaii where I earned an Applied Arts degree and a Masters degree in Asian Art History.

I married while in Hawaii, laid down my art brushes, picked up lettering brushes and worked as a commercial artist in Dallas, Texas. I had my own sign company, A & E Signs, in Dallas for fifteen years. I returned to mybeloved western Colorado and worked as a graphic designer at Pyramid Printing and AlphaGraphics until I retired.

After a forty five year hiatus, and at the encouragement of a former college girlfriend, I picked up artist brushes and began painting again in November of 2010. Much to my happy surprise, the paintings I have produced upon returning to art have been superior to those I produced before the hiatus. I primarily paints landscapes of actual places because I enjoys the challenge of attempting to copy the “master” — the Artist of all creation –though I admit that “the best of my work is but a dim reflection of His.”

I have always loved art.

 



Third Place

Yael Maimon

"Be My Guest"

Watercolor on Fabriano paper , 16.5" x 27"

Sale Price $NFS

Yael Maimon was born in Israel in 1980. Drawing and painting since forever, Yael decided to be fully committed to her art in her early twenties. In 2003 she graduated from Bar Ilan University with a first degree B.A. in Psychology. Her art education includes studying with the oil painter Amnon David Ar in Israel and attending several workshops in Europe.

Yael enjoys painting in a variety of media including oil, pastel, acrylic, watercolor and mixed media. In addition to her known Cats series, Yael is also working on a magical figurative series called Once Upon a Time and a still-life Pastry series. Although grounded in realism, Yael’s paintings are often impressionist in nature, traditional yet contemporary. Her artwork was featured in solo and collective art exhibitions in Israel, gained international recognition and has been bought by private collectors.

Yael Maimon was featured in a variety of magazines, such as International Artist Magazine, Artist’s Magazine, Pastel Journal, Pratique des Arts, The Art of Watercolor, Watercolor Artist and Southwest Art Magazine

Representation: Abend Gallery (Denver, CO)

Selected Recent Awards

2016 1ST Place Award Winner , The Artist’s Magazine All Media Competition

2016 2nd Place Award Winner, Animal/Wildlife category, 18th Annual Pastel 100 Competition, Pastel Journal

2016 Winner of AcrylicWorks 4: Captivating Colors book competition

2016 Winner of The Art of Watercolor “Readers Competition”

2016 Jack Richeson & Co. Award, ISAP 7th Annual International Online Open Show

2016 Winner of Splash 18: Value | Light & Dark book competition

2015 Honorable Mention, The Artist’s Magazine All Media Art Competition

2015 People’s Choice Award, Richeson 75 Animals, Birds & Wildlife

2015 Finalist, Richeson 75 Animals, Birds & Wildlife

2015 Winner of Incite 4 book competition

2015 Special Merit Award, 5th Animals Art Competition, online Light, Space & Time Gallery

2015 Winner of Splash 17: Inspiring Subjects book competition

2015 3 Honorable Mentions: Animal category, Figure category, Still-life category; 17th Annual Pastel    100 Competition, Pastel Journal

2015 Finalist, The Artist’s Magazine 32nd Annual Art Competition

2014 Honorable Mention, Watermedia Showcase competition, Watercolor Artist magazine

2014 Finalist, Artistic Excellence Competition, Southwest Art Magazine

2014 1st Place Award Winner, Animal/Wildlife category, 16th Annual Pastel 100 Competition, Pastel Journal

2014 Honorable Mention, Still-life category, 16th Annual Pastel 100 Competition, Pastel Journal

2014 Winner of Incite 3 book competition

2014 Winner of Strokes of Genius 7 book competition

2014  Finalist, The Artist’s Magazine 31st Annual Art Competition

2014  Winner of Splash 16: Exploring Texture book competition

2014  Winner of Incite 2: Color Passions book competition

2013  Honorable Mention, 15th Annual Pastel 100 Competition, Pastel Journal

2013  Winner of Strokes of Genius 6 book competition

2013  Finalist, The Artist’s Magazine 30th Annual Art Competition.  




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