We recently had an Open Artist Call Competition open to all visual artists working in acrylics, oils, watercolors, pastels, and other dry media. After a fantastic response with some amazing entries, the judges have selected the winners.
Daniel Cassity - First Place: $500 gift card
Robyn Cook - Second Place: $250 gift card
Teri Lai Nga Chan - Third Place: $175 gift card
Shelly Cox - Fourth Place: $75 gift card
Let's congratulate our winners! And make sure to check TalentCall for more contest opportunities!
First Place Winner: DANIEL CASSITY
My still lifes represent the fall of light upon a variety of textures. To produce them I arrange common, as well as unexpected objects, in a manner meant to provoke inferences from the viewer; this is to engage the viewer beyond the painted surface: sometimes intended to evoke humor, sometimes intended to imply an event or story. "The Chopping Block" for instance, portrays a pig - cleaver at its back - standing calmly upon the platform of its fate. Likewise, some of the images offer a puzzle-like quality wherein the titles suggest a relationship to objects that might otherwise seem unrelated, as in "Explosives." As for the objects themselves, many of them I have collected over the years, and so they have a personal connection for me, others are included purely for the sake of symbolism.
As to the technical execution of the still lifes, the paintings are built up in glazes from a mid-tone ground, with the brushstrokes being largely eliminated by stipple brushes. The end result is a soft edged realism wherein the represented objects seem to emerge from their surroundings and shadows; in fact, contours and changes of surface planes are lost as often as possible. In addition to glazing, a variety of techniques are employed to produce the many subtle surface textures in these paintings, such as scumbling, rubbing, and stippling. These paintings are Oil on Panel.
The Chopping Block
Old Quaker & Pipe
Mask, Fork, & Vase
Baseball & Horseshoes
Second Place: ROBYN COOK
Bad Idea, Both Times
Third Place: TERI LAI NGA CHAN
Fourth Place: SHELLY COX (Norma Cockwell)