Bauhaus Prairie Art Gallery

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


Best Of Show

Thomas Buchs

"Under the El"

oil , 20" x 24"

Sale Price $2000

Artist Statement

Thomas Buchs is an an illustrator and painter. As an Illustrator, Thomas has created artwork for advertising for many national, regional and local companies during the last 46 years. Much of his current work is Plein Air Painting (painting from life outdoors). Buchs has won dozens of awards in Plein Air Painting competitions.

Speaking about his paintings Thomas states, ”While painting outdoors from life I have learned the techniques necessary to translate my studio paintings into the freshness of a Plein Air Painting. It is my hope this painting, “Under the EL,” demonstrates some of that freshness.”


Artist Exhibition Resume

Best of Show and People’s Choice at Paint the Point Plein Air Event -2014 Mineral Point

Best of Show 2014 Historic Third Ward Plein Air Event

1st place at 2014 New Berlin Plein Air Event

Shorewood Historical Society Award and People’s

Choice at 2014 Shorewood Plein Air Event

2nd place-2014-Theodore Robinson Plain Air Event- Evansville WI

3rd Place 2015 Paint the Point Winter Edition Plein Air Event – Mineral Point

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

Honorable Mention – 2015-2016 Historic Third Ward Plein Air Event

2nd Place Nocturne at 2015 Paint the Point Plein Air Event – Mineral Point

Merit Award 2015 Between the Blues – La Crosse

1st Place Historical Evansville Category at 2016 Theodore Robinson Plain Air Event

1st place 2016 Pewaukee Waterfront Art Fair Plein Air Event

People’s Choice at 2016 New Berlin Plein Air Event

2nd place Quick Paint 2017 Milwaukee Museum Mile

Best Field Study -2017 Hoosier Salon Field to Finish Show-New Harmony IN

Merit Award – 2017 New Harmony Plein Air

Honorable Mention 2017 Cedarburg Plein Air

Artist’s Choice and Judges Choice for my nocturne at the Fairfield, IL Plein Air Event

Best representation of Fairfield, Ill at the Fairfield, IL Plein Air Event -2018


Fourth Place

Vivian Antonini

"Still Life"

Mixed media and oil paint on canvas , 16" x 20"

Sale Price $650

Artist Statement

My Still Life Series represents the diversity of every day scenes with and abstract concept and the use of mixed media. For me the colors, textures and mixed media define the canvas flow with 2 dimensional views that allows you to see more that what is painted.

This series provides a view to a world in which molds have been totally replaced, so distant from our reality. Figures seem to have lost their original shapes, a space blending into each other by the use of colors and shades.


Artist Biography

Vivian Antonini is best known for her abstract painting designs. Her works has been described as 2D expressionist figurative paintings with a diversity of incorporated materials into her creations. She was born in Caracas, Venezuela in 1964.  She started her passion for painting with oils early in life and her big influence is from her teacher and mother, Cecilia Benitez Level, a very recognized oil painting artist who has participated in many exhibitions around the globe.
Her love for the oils has led her to create many paintings with different techniques and themes. Her focus is on forms, textures and colors. She paints with her soul, putting in her works her mind, spirit, dreams, and even her nightmares.  Surreal Trend. Her projects consist of multiple types of works or series with a range of different media, grouped around specific themes and meanings.
She is passionate about painting, and has tried many subjects and techniques using many materials. She works mostly with oil on canvas and mixed media, and recently has begun using acrylics on her paintings.
She believes that music affects not only how we feel and behave, but also it projects a unique energy when applied to painting. Music and painting do their share, and synchronize to create a beautiful piece. She is constantly pulled into new directions, that music and color give her. Rather than staying with one type of configuration, it reflects the desire for freedom and growth, always important in her works.