World’s Best Abstract Artists / 2023 AMERICAN ART AWARDS: LEVESLEY, GYÖRGYI, MCCORD, MURASKAITE, MCCULLOCH, KOTOS, KELLER, HICHAM, HINSON, SMILDE, BURR, TRAMACERE & ŠIMOLIŪNIENĖ
Artists from 72 countries competed in the 2023 AMERICAN ART AWARDS. Twenty of the most revered galleries in the USA were sent around 2,000 online images to score in drawing, painting, sculpture, digital and photography. The 300+ winning works, 1st to 6th Place (and ties) in all 50 categories, can be seen in this series of articles.
USA’s top galleries decided winners in every medium: oil, acrylic, watercolor, charcoal, pastel, realism, impressionism, naïve, abstract, expressionism, human figure, animal, landscape, fantasy, surrealism, pop, portrait, self-portrait, political, erotic, cubism, floral, humor, spiritual, etc..
Art collectors can see all the winning images and corresponding contact info to the best contemporary artists in the world here: https://americanartawards.com/2023-winning-artists-american-art-awards/
Winners in this category are from UK, HUNGARY, USA, LITHUANIA, BULGARIA, MOROCCO, SWITZERLAND & LITHUANIA.
BIO OF 1ST PLACE WINNER: Joanna Levesley
A self-taught contemporary artist and designer based in Sheffield, UK, she’s inspired and influenced by the surrealistic approach of Salvador Dali and M.C. Escher. Dedicated to working with abstract, fantasy pieces, she aims to explore the beauty of the human spirit through her art.
Joanna mainly works with black and white pen and ink drawings as well as acrylic painting, resulting in dramatic and surrealistic compositions that evoke an intricate, mysterious world. As an artist she believes in using complex lines to create powerful concepts. Her work is driven by a passion to capture the underlying beauty and energy of things by honing into the fundamental line, exploring the limitless possibilities of the imagination. They are an investigation into representations of situations as well as depictions and ideas that can only be realized in drawing, never showing the complete structure. The results are deconstructed to the extent that meaning is shifted and possible interpretation becomes multifaceted and therefore manipulating the viewer to create confusion without being hindered by the historical reality.
By examining the ambiguity and origination via abstraction, she tries to increase the dynamic between audience and author by objectifying emotions and investigating the duality that develops through different interpretations. This creates intense personal moments masterfully created by means of rules and omissions, acceptance and refusal, luring the viewer round and round in circles, and by applying abstraction, she often creates works, upon which thoughts that have apparently just been developed are manifested.
Her works isolate the movements of humans and/or objects. By doing so, new sequences are created which reveal an inseparable relationship between motion and sound. Again and again, the artist leaves us orphaned with a mix of conflicting feelings and thoughts. https://www.nouveau-studio.co.uk
SEE ARTISTS SITES / ARTIST CONTACTS:
1st Place JOANNA LEVESLEY UK https://www.nouveau-studio.co.uk 59.4x84.1cm “Queen’s Gambit” Pen, ink and acrylic.
2nd Place — Tie BORS GYÖRGYI HUNGARY https://www.peopleandpaintings.com/bors “Everyone Has Their Own Place in the World” 70x100cm Oil on canvas.
2nd Place — Tie LINDA MCCORD USA https://www.lindamccord.com/ “Sparring” 20x24” Acrylic on canvas.
3rd Place — Tie GAILUTE MURASKAITE LITHUANIA 40x40cm https://www.facebook.com/danija.bo/ “Autumn Mood” Acrylic on canvas.
3rd Place — Tie MARIA MCCULLOCH BULGARIA https://mariamcculloch.com/ “The Time” 54x65cm Oil on canvas.
4th Place — Tie JOHN KOTOS USA https://jtkpaints.com/ “Overcrowded” 24x48” Acrylic, hardened brushes, scraper, canvas.
4th Place — Tie JAI B. KELLER USA http://www.jaibkeller.com “The Moon Lights The Way” 20x20” Acrylic on canvas.
4th Place — Tie TOUARASS HICHAM MOROCCO https://www.touarassart.com “Jungle” 50x50cm Oil on canvas.
5th Place — Tie MARY JOAN HINSON USA www.brushandoil.com “Marine Undulation” 48x77" Oil and mixed media on canvas.
5th Place — Tie FRED SMILDE USA www.saatchiart.com/fredsmilde “Heavy Burden” 30x24" Oil on canvas.
6th Place — Tie WENDY BURR USA https://www.wendylizart.com/ “Mirage In Gold Leaf” 60x48” Oil on canvas.
6th Place — Tie DANILA TRAMACERE SWITZERLAND https://www.danilatramacere.com “Blue Kiss” 80x80cm Oil on wood.
6th Place — Tie ANGELĖ ŠIMOLIŪNIENĖ LITHUANIA email@example.com “Diffusion Of Light” 64x44cm Paper, acrylic.
In 2023, AMERICAN ART AWARDS had submissions from these 72 countries: Afghanistan, Algeria, Australia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Columbia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, France, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Myanmar, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Panama, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Serbia, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Switzerland, Tobago, Trinidad, Turkey, UK, Ukraine, USA, Viet Nam, Wales, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
USA’s 20 Best Galleries & Museums who were asked to score online art in 2023 were:
American Art Awards 20 Best Galleries & Museums for 2023, in alphabetical order:
BEST IN ARIZONA: Exposures International Gallery Of Fine Art
BEST IN CALIFORNIA: Sparks Gallery
BEST IN COLORADO: Mirada Fine Art
BEST IN FLORIDA: MAC Art Galleries
BEST IN GEORGIA: Black Art In America™ (BAIA)
BEST IN INDIANA: Gallery Forty-Two
BEST IN KANSAS: CityArts
BEST IN KENTUCKY: KMAC Contemporary Art Museum
BEST IN LOUISIANA: Jonathan Ferrara Gallery
BEST IN MAINE: Clarke Gallery
BEST IN MONTANA: Cawdrey Gallery
BEST IN NEBRASKA: Kiechel Fine Art
BEST IN NEVADA: Elena Bulatova Fine Art
BEST IN NEW MEXICO: Thornwood Gallery
BEST IN NEW YORK: Gallery 23 NY
BEST IN SOUTH CAROLINA: Mary Martin Galleries Of Fine Art
BEST IN TEXAS: Ao5 Gallery
BEST IN SOUTH DAKOTA: South Dakota Art Museum
BEST IN VERMONT: Helmholz Fine Art
BEST IN WYOMING: Gallery Wild
American Art Awards https://www.americanartawards.com/ annually awards 20 museums and/or galleries, who agree to score art and award nearly 300+ deserving contemporary artists from 60+ countries: painters, photographers, sculptors and digital artists.