Lukas Painting Contest 2013 Winners

It was an exciting round of new contests brought to you by Jerry's Artarama with record breaking entries! In the first part of the year we announced two new contests sponsored by Lukas and Charvin and the turnout was amazing. Thank you to all those amazing entrants and the 3 winners are listed below.

We have many more exciting new contests going on right now so please be sure to enter here-> Art Contests. These contests are free to enter and offer great exposure and prizes.


First PLace painting contest winner Jill PinkeyFirst Place Winner

"Rising Up" by Jill Pinkey

One of my artist friends introduced me to Lukas Oils a few years ago.  I loved them instantly because there is so many colors to choose from and the fast drying time is awesome. There are 2 grades to choose from, as well.  I can varnish earlier!  I introduced them to my former students at Texas State University and I think it is safe to say that many, if not most of them use Lukas acrylics & oils now because they are so affordable




Second Place painting contest winner Jim MoyerSecond Place Winner

"Reflections" by Jim Moyer

"I have been using Lukas paints for about 3 years now with great results. The consistency along with dry time are what impressed me the most when I purchased a set of split primary colors for Plein Air work which are now paints I use exclusively in my studio. I would highly recommend the Lukas oil line of paints to all amateur or professional artists."




Third Place painting contest winner Cande SaganThird Place Winner

"Hidden" by Cande Sagan

"I have been using Lukas Oils for over a year and are now one of my top three favorite brands of oil paint. These are the ONLY ones I will use. I love the colors and the texture and they maintain their luster and intensity through thinning and glazing. I love them!!"



See All Contest Winners-> 2013 LUKAS Painting Contest Winners Gallery

Prizes awarded to winners: $1,000 eGift Card, $500 eGift Card, $250 eGift Card and $50 eGift Cards to 10 honorable mentions. We gave away a total of $2250.


We have many more exciting art contests going on right now so enter for FREE today at! Just Announced are 2 new contests from Soho and Turner.

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Jerry's 45th Anniversary Artist Appreciation Extravaganza


We're celebrating our 45th anniversary — and you're invited!

Happy birthday to us! Here at Jerry's Artarama, we are celebrating our 45th year in business, and it's YOU we have to thank for it!

We've spent the past 45 years striving to provide you with the best art materials at the lowest prices, as well as innovating new products and free resources to empower and inspire artists everywhere. We could never had made it this far without your support! So as a great big THANK YOU to all our artist friends and customers, we're turning this week-long anniversary celebration into an Artist Appreciation Event to show just how much we appreciate you!

Of course we've got loads of art supplies on deep discount — from up to 45% off paints, 55% off easels, and a whopping 75% off brushes and more — but it doesn't stop there! From this Tuesday through Sunday, we'll be holding random drawings to give away free gift cards, magazine subscriptions, art materials and more. Entering is easy -- if you're already a customer, you're already entered; if you're not yet, then just supply your email address and you'll be entered to win -- no purchase necessary!

To find out if you're one of our lucky winners, just check back here throughout the week, where we'll be listing the day's random drawings:

 Daily Prize Winners: Tuesday April 23 Anne Sieling and Egidius Kemp
 Daily Prize Winners: Wednesday April 24 Cindy Eisenhauer and Judy Butler
 Daily Prize Winners: Thursday April 25 Christine (Churdan, IA) and Cheryl R. (Liberty Hills, TX)
 Daily Prize Winners: Friday April 26 Anna A. (Isle of Palms, SC) and Doris L. (Albertville, AL)
 Daily Prize Winners: Saturday April 27 Denyce C. (Baton Rouge, LA) and Jenn F. (Suffolk, VA)
 Daily Prize Winners: Sunday April 28 Laurie T. (Buckeye, AZ) and Michelle T. (New Freedom, PA)
 GRAND PRIZE WINNER! KAREN M. (Providence, RI) !!!


But wait, there's more! For the first time ever, we're giving away the grandest of Grand Prizes at the culmination of the Artist Appreciation Event: an AMAZING all expense paid trip to the Art of the Carolinas Trade Show (worth up to $6,000)! Art of the Carolinas is the east coast's biggest and best art material trade show and workshop collection open to the public — and YOU could be our guest at the upcoming event in November of this year! In addition to travel and lodging for two people, the Grand Prize winner will also receive hundred of dollars worth of art supplies, gift certificates, 2 free workshops, limo services, a chance to tour the Jerry's facilities, special gifts and so much more! To get all the details and to enter to win, head on over to the Jerry's Official 45th Anniversary Grand Prize Page, then check back here next week to find out if you've won!

These past 45 years have been a wild, crazy and fun ride, and we couldn't have done it without you! Thanks so much to our friends and customers the world over — this Artist Appreciation Event is for you!



Top 25 Paintings Sold - Based on Worth

The world's most valuable paintings!

There's no money in art, eh?

It's often taken for granted that being an artist means being broke. There is an archetype that exists in our culture: the struggling, if not mentally unstable, artistic genius.

While this idea has its romantic elements, there actually is a lot of money that can be made in art, many millions in fact. Paintings seem to have a snowball type of worth, accumulating a higher and higher value over the years. Today, we give you some of the highest-grossing paintings ever made. The listing is categorized by the adjusted value based on inflation. All prices are in millions.

  1. Le Bassin aux Nymphéas, Claude Monet; $85.2

  1. Orange, Red, Yellow, Mark Rothko; $87.5

  1. Portrait of Alfonso d’Avalos, Marquis of Vasto, in Armor with a Page, Titian; $87.8

  1. Turquoise Marilyn, Andy Warhol; $89

  1. Yo, Picasso, Pablo Picasso; $89.4

  1. Les Noces de Pierrette, Pablo Picasso; $90.7

  1. A Wheatfield with Cypresses, Vincent van Gogh; $91.5

  1. False Start, Jasper Johns; $91.7

  1. Triptych, 1976, Francis Bacon; $92.2

  1. Massacre of the Innocents, Peter Paul Rubens; $98.5

  1. Portrait de l'Artiste sans Barbe, Vincent van Gogh; $100.9

  1. Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer II, Gustav Klimt; $100.9

    **Note: 15 and 14 are worth the same amount—the breaking factor is the fact that Van Gogh's Portrait sold for $71.5 and Klimt's Adele II for $87.9.

  1. Eight Elvises, Andy Warhol; $106.8


  1. Irises, Vincent van Gogh; $108.1

  1. Dora Maar au Chat, Pablo Picasso; $108.8

  1. Portrait of Joseph Roulin, Vincent van Gogh; $110

  1. Nude, Green Leaves and Bust, Pablo Picasso; $118.2

  1. The Scream, Edvard Munch; $120.7

  1. Garcon a la pipe, Pablo Picasso; $127.5

  1. Bal du Moulin de la Galette, Pierre-Auguste Renoir; $139.9

  1. Portrait of Dr. Gachet, Vincent van Gogh; $147.8
    Sold in 1990 for $82.5

  1. Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, Gustav Klimt; $154
    Sold in 2006 for $135

  1. Woman III, Willem de Kooning; $157.9
    Sold in 2006 for $137.5

  1. No. 5, 1948, Jackson Pollock; $160.8
    Sold in 2006 for $140

  1. The Card Players, Paul Cézanne; $267

    Although the list is based on adjusted values, The Card Players is also the highest-grossing painting of all time. It was sold in 2011 for over $250 million. It was purchased by the Royal Family of Qatar.

It is interesting to note that some artists appear more than once on this listing. Vincent van Gogh and Pablo Picasso have created five of the paintings each. The 26th painting on the list would have been Rideau, Cruchon et Compotier by Paul Cézanne.

The fact that certain artists have multiple paintings worth such vast sums implies that the worth — the value, the amount next to the dollar sign — must be determined by the person who painted it, not the work itself. The millions are not made by such tangibles as oil and canvas, but by the skill possessed by the hand of the artist. Or does it start out that way and later becomes more about the name? One thing we can assume: There is much more value attached to the who behind the painting than the what.

What do you think? Do you think these are the top 25 paintings in the world? What's money got to do with it? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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