CHER PRUYS, JINGFENG LI, ELEANOR MILL, SCOTT CARTER, JIEHONG WU, JOHN MCCARTIN, ANA SCHMIDT, HARVEY ROGOSIN, JOANNE HONG, QIANGJIE WU
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, China, Russia, USA, Australia and Spain.
BIO OF FIRST PLACE WINNER: CHER PRUYS
ASAA SCA, IGOR, AAPL, CSAA, AMS, LMS, OSA, MAA, CFA.
“To take my inner visions with my hands and create a work of art for you the viewer …. That is the ultimate in self expression.”
Cher Pruys was born in Regina. Over the years she lived in many places including Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa, Fort Frances, settling into her present home in Devlin, on the banks of the Rainy River with her husband Mark, 4 dogs and 2 cats.
By age three, Cher was seldom found without a drawing tool in hand. She worked in pencil, charcoal and ink over the years, until, she picked up a paintbrush at the age of 35. Beginning with oil paints, she found her chosen mediums in acrylic, water colour and gouache.
Although self taught, her dedication and talent has seen her work juried into 113 International exhibits, as well as exhibits in numerous non juried shows. She has won 99 awards for her work at the International Juried Exhibits. Included in these awards, the first recipient of a major Canadian National Award, The Mary Pratt Crystal Award of Excellence at the 2014 SCA Open Juried Exhibition, The SCA 1st place award of distinction twice respectively, 2016, and 2017 at The Canada’s 150 show, The Gold Medal recipient for Figurative Painting in The Mondial Art Academia’s International 2018 Competition, The Aviation Week & Space Technology Award Best of the Best, and the ASAA Award of Distinction for the best painting in the ASAA International Space & Technology Exhibit & Competition, consecutively for 2 years. She has had 14 solo exhibits.
Cher is also an avid fused glass artist, and a certified teacher of piano and guitar. Her painting “The Bubble” had the honour of being part of the Masterworks from The International Guild of Realism Tour. She Was Elected to the American Society of Aviation Artists as an artist member in 1996, and eventually Was elected as a Foreign Affiliate Artist Fellow, one of only two Canadians receive this honour. Her work has graced the covers of 3 books, 19 magazines, and has-been featured in over 73 international publications. Cher has had 14 solo exhibitions in Canada, and participated in 94 group exhibitions throughout Canada and the USA, as well as international online exhibitions. Her works have found a permanent home in numerous private and public collections worldwide. Cher’s artistic style can be described as Realism with a hint of Abstract in her latest works. www.artbycher.ca
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 35. REALISM — LANDSCAPE
1ST PLACE CHER PRUYS CANADA www.artbycher.ca
“Ski Chalet” 12.25x8” Acrylic on paper.
2ND PLACE JINGFENG LI CHINA firstname.lastname@example.org
“Towering” 69x52cm Pen & ink on paper.
3RD PLACE-TIE ELEANOR MILL RUSSIA www.melibertine.com
“Stille. Hvar” 20x20” Watercolor on paper.
3RD PLACE-TIE JINGFENG LI CHINA email@example.com
“Chateau De Selles Sur Cher No2” 75x51cm Pen & ink on paper.
3RD PLACE-TIE SCOTT CARTER USA firstname.lastname@example.org
“Morning A Walk In The Park” 16x20" Oil over acrylic on canvas.
4TH PLACE-TIE SCOTT CARTER USA email@example.com
“Around The Bend” 12x12" Oil over acrylic on canvas.
4TH PLACE-TIE JIEHONG WU CHINA firstname.lastname@example.org
“A Stream Through The Village” 54x39cm Pen and ink on paper.
4TH PLACE-TIE JOHN MCCARTIN AUSTRALIA www.johnmccartin-artist.com “Lazy Afternoon” 70x100cm Oil on linen.
5TH PLACE-TIE ANA SCHMIDT SPAIN www.schmidtana.com
“Ofelia” 73x73cm Acrylic on canvas.
5TH PLACE-TIE HARVEY ROGOSIN USA email@example.com
“Washington Mews” 12x9" Soft pastel on sanded paper.
5TH PLACE-TIE JOANNE HONG USA firstname.lastname@example.org
“The Melting Pot” 12x12" Gouache on paper.
6TH PLACE-TIE QIANGJIE WU CHINA email@example.com
“Corner-Life” 42x40cm Pigment ink on paper.
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