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.
America’s 25 Best Galleries scored almost 2,000 works in 50 categories from 64 countries.
Winners in this category are from AUSTRALIA, MACEDONIA, LITHUANIA, USA, UKRAINE & CHINA.
BIO OF 1ST PLACE WINNER: I love things of visual beauty and interest. I qualified as an Interior Designer in London over two decades ago and during this time, I continued to also study all forms of art. I painted and regularly exhibited my art in England and Australia.
My Abstract Expressionist paintings are an exploration of how life experiences influence my art. I seek to translate my feelings, moods and memories onto a canvas.
I use bold, contrasting colours and compositions of dynamic movement, for texture and dimension. Starting from an initial loosely painted, energetic composition, often from an aerial perspective. As the work evolves, layers of paint increase, along with mark making, achieved using a variety of materials and tools as lines disappear and reappear through layers of glazing.
My painting ABSEIL evolved from thoughts of deep, watery, chasms. There is symbolic mark-making of ropes and life-lines which are subtly incorporated within this composition. These represent the tenuous links we have in staying connected in this uncertain world.
Karen Grimstead www.karengrimstead.com
ARTIST CONTACTS FOR ART COLLECTORS:
Category 7. ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONISM
1st Place KAREN GRIMSTEAD AUSTRALIA www.karengrimstead.com email@example.com “Abseil” 120x120cm Acrylic on board.
2nd Place-Tie DIVNA PESIC GROZDANOV MACEDONIA www.divnapesic.com “Strengthening Mind” 130x120cm Oil on canvas.
2nd Place-Tie ANA RADIVILOVIC LITHUANIA firstname.lastname@example.org “Way Away” 38x56cm Watercolor on paper.
3rd Place-Tie DEBRA GERALD USA email@example.com “Blue Vase And Red Flowers” 12x24” Fluid acrylic & acrylic on canvas.
3rd Place-Tie DIVNA PESIC GROZDANOV MACEDONIA www.divnapesic.com “Flirting With Sunset” 18x18" Oil on canvas.
3rd Place-Tie TONY ALMEIDA USA http://www.artbytony.org “Night On Fire” 48x44" Mixed media on canvas.
3rd Place-Tie NAOMI IFEOLUWA GHANI USA https://www.instagram.com/artsinaomi “Pandemic Love” 16x20" Acrylic on paper.
4th Place-Tie LINDA STEELE USA www.facebook.com/LindaSteeleOriginals/photos “Nebula No4” 18x24" Acrylics over fluid acrylic on canvas.
4th Place-Tie IRENA ORLOV usa https://www.irenaorlov.com “Cryptocurrency Bitcoin Graffiti” 70x45” Mixed media on canvas.
5th Place-Tie XIAOQIAN PAN CHINA firstname.lastname@example.org “Drift With The Tide” 60x60cm Acrylic on linen.
5th Place-Tie DIVNA PESIC GROZDANOV MACEDONIA www.divnapesic.com “Spiritual Awakening” 110x60cm Oil on canvas.
6th Place-Tie PRIYA RAMA USA www.priyarama.com “A Glimpse…And The Sparks Flew” 36x24" Acrylic on canvas.
6th Place-Tie KATERYNA IVONINA UKRAINE https://www.saatchiart.com/ivkaty “City” 80x160cm diptych Oil on canvas.
6th Place-Tie HAINING WANG CHINA email@example.com “Change Qualitatively” 120x90cm Watercolor on paper.
Click below to see the relaxing hour-long movie revealing 2021’s hundreds of winning artworks:
Artworks from 59 countries won among the 50 categories: paintings, drawings, photography, digital and sculpture. (Americans won more because Americans entered more since the competition is better known here.)
Number of winners per country: Argentina 1, Australia 12, Belarus 2, Belgium 2, Brazil 3, Bulgaria 2, Canada 30, China 85, Croatia 2, Cyprus 1, Denmark 2, England 2, Finland 1, France 7, Georgia 3, Germany 18, Ghana 1, Greece 3, Hungary 2, Japan 1, India 10, Iran 1, Ireland 1, Israel 1, Italy 14, Kazakhstan 1, Kuwait 2, Latvia 6, Lithuania 27, Macedonia 5, Malaysia 2, Mexico 2, Moldova 1, Morocco 1, Netherlands 3, New Zealand 1, Nigeria 8, Norway 1, Oman 1, Pakistan 1, Philippines 5, Poland 8, Republic Of Korea 12, Romania 2, Russia 45, Serbia 1, South Africa 8, Spain 11, Sweden 3, Taiwan 7, Thailand 1, Turkey 3, Uganda 1, UK 10, Ukraine 5, USA 264, Uzbekistan 1, Zambia 1, Zimbabwe 2.
ART COLLECTORS: all winning images and corresponding contact info of all the artists will soon be uploaded to this page:
2021 Winning Artists — American Art AwardsAmerican Art Awards
America’s 25 Best Galleries & Museums were asked to score about 2,000 works from 64 countries.
This year’s 25 Best Galleries & Museums asked to vote on art were:
BEST IN ARIZONA: Exposures International Gallery of Fine Art
BEST IN CALIFORNIA: Revolver Gallery
BEST IN COLORADO: Mirada Fine Art
BEST IN FLORIDA: Art Fusion Galleries
BEST IN HAWAII: Sunshine Arts
BEST IN ILLINOIS: Trickster Cultural Center
BEST IN IOWA: Moberg Gallery
BEST IN KANSAS: Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery
BEST IN KENTUCKY: E&S Gallery
BEST IN LOUISIANA: Jonathan Ferrara Gallery
BEST IN MASSACHUSETTS: Boston Sculptors Gallery
BEST IN MISSOURI: Hilliard Gallery
BEST IN MONTANA: Dana Gallery
BEST IN NEBRASKA: Kiechel Fine Art
BEST IN NEVADA: Metropolitan Gallery Las Vegas Art Museum
BEST IN NEW JERSEY: Evalyn Dunn Gallery
BEST IN NEW YORK: LIK SOHO
BEST IN NEW MEXICO: GF Contemporary
BEST IN NORTH CAROLINA: The Arts Council of Fayetteville| Cumberland County
BEST IN SOUTH CAROLINA: Mary Martin Galleries Of Fine Art
BEST IN SOUTH DAKOTA: South Dakota Art Museum
BEST IN TENNESSEE: Stanford Fine Art
BEST IN TEXAS: Ao5
BEST IN WASHINGTON: Maryhill Museum of Art
BEST IN WEST VIRGINIA: Parkersburg Art Center