SANDRA MACGILLIVRAY, KUN WANG, ROELOF ROSSOUW, KONSTANTIN ZHULIN, RACHEL LEE, JIE ZHUANG, NATALYA ZHADENOVA, TAN ZILI, CAROL GOOBERMAN, YUAN AN, MARILENE SAWAF
Painters, photographers, sculptors and digital artists from 62 countries competed in the most prestigious online art call, AMERICAN ART AWARDS, https://www.americanartawards.com/, where America’s 25 best galleries and museums score art in 50 categories. In this column, I’ll reveal the world’s best contemporary artists of 2020 one category at a time.
Winners in this category are from Canada, USA, South Africa, Russia and China.
BIO OF 1ST PLACE WINNER Sandra MacGillivray:
I try not to be trapped by living with the results of other peoples thinking. By not letting the noise of other’s opinions drown out my inner voice, I am able to have the courage to follow my heart and listen to my intuition. Somehow, my inner voice knows what the painting wants to become and brings it to life.
As an accredited member of the Portrait Society of Canada, graduate of Sheridan College Institute of Design and Technology my paintings are collected nationally and internationally and have been published in Arabella Art Magazine. I have been awarded the Emily Carr Legacy award and was honoured as a top10 Artist at the 2015 McMichael 25th annual Art Show.
After enjoying a successful career in Advertising as a Designer and Creative Director, I am now pursuing my life long passion for fine art and portraiture. Painting in a realistic style I capture the emotion and mood of the subject. Through colour and detail, my paintings capture the subject’s story and a moment in time, compelling the viewer to stop and be inspired. The paintings allow the viewer to enter into a journey and share for just a little while the reason the piece of art was created.
My goal is always to engage with the viewer. Otherwise it is merely paint on canvas.
BIO OF 1ST PLACE WINNER Kun Wang
Kun Wang was born in Jilin Province of China in 1970. His legs were paralyzed due to polio at the age of 3. He loved painting since childhood and attended elementary art training at the age of 7, and he gradually showed extraordinary art talent. Elementary training could not satisfy his strong desire for the study of art, so he sought a higher level of education by all means. Unfortunately his physical restriction was a serious handicap in his studying, so he had no choice but to learn by himself.
MEMBERSHIP: Member of Oil Painters of America / Member of California Art Club / Member of International Guild of Realism / Member of Art Renewal Center Living Master
Each May the American Art Awards organization selects the 25 Best Galleries and Museums in America, then in autumn these revered art institutions vote on online art to decide the world’s best contemporary artists.
Last month America’s 25 Best Galleries scored almost 2,000 works in 50 categories from 62 countries: Afghanistan, Armenia, Australia, Bangladesh, Belarus, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Croatia, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Haiti, Hong Kong, India, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Republic Of Korea, Romania, Russia, South Korea, Serbia, Singapore, Spain, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Uganda, UK, Ukraine, USA, Venezuela, Zimbabwe.
COLLECTORS wanting to acquire these pieces or contact the artists can get direct links here: https://www.americanartawards.com/2020-winning-art/
CONTACTS FOR CATEGORY 21. IMPRESSIONISM — HUMAN
1ST PLACE-TIE SANDRA MACGILLIVRAY CANADA firstname.lastname@example.org “The Dreamer” 20x24” Acrylic on canvas.
1ST PLACE-TIE KUN WANG USA www.kunwangart.com
“An Old Tibetan Woman” 18x24" Oil on canvas.
2ND PLACE-TIE ROELOF ROSSOUW SOUTH AFRICA http://art.co.za/roelofrossouw/ “Exit” 22x30" Acrylic and oil on canvas.
2ND PLACE-TIE KONSTANTIN ZHULIN RUSSIA https://www.instagram.com/zhulinkonstantin/
“Portrait Of Anechka” 66.5x79cm Oil on canvas.
2ND PLACE-TIE ROELOF ROSSOUW SOUTH AFRICA http://art.co.za/roelofrossouw/ “Sorry…Temporarily Closed” 24x30" Oil.
3RD PLACE-TIE RACHEL LEE USA email@example.com
“Solitary” 18x24" Watercolor.
3RD PLACE-TIE JIE ZHUANG CHINA firstname.lastname@example.org
“Memory Is A Way To Meet” 93x74cm Oil on linen.
4TH PLACE-TIE JIE ZHUANG CHINA email@example.com
“Forget The Warmth Of The Sun” 50x40cm Oil on linen.
4TH PLACE-TIE NATALYA ZHADENOVA RUSSIA www.zhadenova.ru “Tulipia” 100x80cm Pastel on velvet.
5TH PLACE-TIE TAN ZILI CHINA firstname.lastname@example.org
“A Child Lying On Grandma’s Back” 60x80cm Mixed media.
5TH PLACE-TIE CAROL GOOBERMAN USA www.cggfineart.com
“Blue Ballet” 18x24” Oil on canvas.
5TH PLACE-TIE YUAN AN CHINA email@example.com
“Horseman” 100x120cm Oil on linen.
6TH PLACE MARILENE SAWAF USA www.marilenesawaf.com
“Madeline And Cat” 24x30" Oil.
100 ARTICLES and 50 VIDEOS on the 50 CATEGORIES of the 2020 AMERICAN ART AWARDS WINNING ARTISTS will be at this link: https://www.americanartawards.com/press-on-2020-artists/
American Art Awards 25 Best Galleries & Museums for 2020, in alphabetical order of state, who were asked to vote on this year’s art submissions:
California / CODA GALLERY
Colorado / CLYFFORD STILL MUSEUM
Delaware / THE DELAWARE CONTEMPORARY
Florida / MAC ART GALLERIES
Georgia / WESTOBOU GALLERY
Illinois / KOMECHAK ART GALLERY
Louisiana / ARTHUR ROGER GALLERY
Kansas / EVA REYNOLDS FINE ARTS
Maine / PORTLAND MUSEUM OF ART
Massachusetts / QUIDLEY & COMPANY
Missouri / KEMPER MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART
Nebraska / KIECHEL FINE ART
New Hampshire / ROCHESTER MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS
New Jersey / EVALYN DUNN GALLERY
New Mexico / ANDERSON MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART
Ohio / DAYTON ART SOLUTIONS
Oregon / ROGER YOST BAY STREET GALLERY
Philadelphia / PHILAMOCA
South Carolina / MARY MARTIN GALLERIES OF FINE ART
South Dakota / SOUTH DAKOTA ART MUSEUM
Utah / LOGAN FINE ART GALLERY
Virginia / LAZARE GALLERY
West Virginia / PARKERSBURG ART CENTER
Wisconsin / THE MADISON MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART