WORLD’S BEST ACRYLIC ARTISTS: MACGILLIVRAY, SHUAI, FOURNET, CHERNYKH, CASSELLS, GROCHOLSKA-JANCZARA AND GARWOOD

Acrylic artists from Canada, China, USA, Russia and Poland won top prizes in Category 2 of the 2018 AMERICAN ART AWARDS.

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This year the American Art Awards (www.AmericanArtAwards.com), juried by the 25 Best Galleries & Museums In America (listed below), had online art images in 50 categories submitted from artists in 59 countries: Afghanistan, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, El Salvador, England, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Great Britain, Greece, Haiti, Iceland, India, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Myanmar, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Serbia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, UK, Ukraine, USA, Venezuela.

The 1st Place to 6th Place winners in all 50 categories will be revealed in the news about a category a day — stretching into November, making this one of the longest winner announcements of any art competition in the world.

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The saying “a picture paints and thousands words” is one that most describes Sandra MacGillivray’s work. Her ability to capture a feeling and tell a story carries through each of her paintings. Sandra is remarkable in that she stays true to what moves her to compose a painting. She is the quintessential fine artist, compelled to connect to her viewer and for a moment get them to stop and wonder why the piece was created. Sandra’s paintings tend to be larger than the canvas that houses them. She is able to capture the off canvas space that surrounds the panting by the subjects gazes or composition of the painting.

Starting her painting career later in life after a successful career in advertising, Sandra always knew that she was meant to be a painter, and at 57 took a quantum leap of faith by moving from Toronto to a smaller town (Peterborough) where she could afford to pursue a painting career.

The leap of faith has been validated time and time again as she continues to garner attention in the art world with her many awards. Sandra is an accredited member of the Portrait Society of Canada, Society of Canadian Artists, the winner of the Emily Carr Legacy Award, and has been award many top honors at art shows throughout Canada. “I try not to be trapped by 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.”

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CATEGORY 2. ACRYLIC — HUMAN FIGURE

1ST PLACE SANDRA MACGILLIVRAY CANADA semacgillivray@gmail.com “Waiting For Love” 24x36” Acrylic.

2ND PLACE HAN SHUAI CHINA polish998@126.com “I Think I Can Fly” 81x60cm Acrylic on linen.

3RD PLACE ERNIE L. FOURNET USA www.elfournet.com “Shaman” 40x30" Acrylic on illustration board.

4TH PLACE-TIE ELENA CHERNYKH RUSSIA l.c.-04@mail.ru “Temptation Of The Soul” 140x115cm Acrylic on canvas.

4TH PLACE-TIE HAN SHUAI CHINA polish998@126.com “The Depths Of The Jungle Is My Home” 180x120cm Acrylic on linen.

5TH PLACE SANDRA MACGILLIVRAY CANADA semacgillivray@gmail.com “Home And Native Land” 24x36” Acrylic.

6TH PLACE-TIE LAARA CASSELLS CANADA www.laaracassells.com “Callie” 41.5x27" Acrylic on canvas.

6TH PLACE-TIE JOLANTA GROCHOLSKA-JANCZARA POLAND jolantagrocholska1@wp.pl “Young Man” 50x60cm Acrylic.

6TH PLACE-TIE LYNN GARWOOD USA www.lynngarwood.com “Letting Go” 40x30” Acrylic on canvas.

This year’s 25 Best Galleries & Museums asked to vote on art were:

BEST IN ALABAMA — ALABAMA CONTEMPORARY ART CENTER
BEST IN ARKANSAS — FORT SMITH REGIONAL ART MUSEUM
BEST IN CALIFORNIA — REVOLVER GALLERY
BEST IN COLORADO — COLORADO FINE ARTS CENTER AT COLORADO COLLEGE
BEST IN FLORIDA — LIK FINE ART MIAMI + LIK FINE ART KEY WEST
BEST IN ILLINOIS — TRICKSTER ART GALLERY
BEST IN KANSAS — BIRGER SANDZEN MEMORIAL GALLERY
BEST IN KENTUCKY — E&S GALLERY
BEST IN LOUISIANA — NEWCOMB ART MUSEUM
BEST IN MASSACHUSETTS — BOSTON SCULPTORS GALLERY
BEST IN MISSISSIPPI — THE OHR-O’KEEFE MUSEUM OF ART
BEST IN MISSOURI — UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI MUSEUM OF ART AND ARCHEOLOGY
BEST IN NEBRASKA — KIECHEL FINE ART
BEST IN NEVADA — THE METROPOLITAN GALLERY OF LAS VEGAS ART MUSEUM
BEST IN OHIO — LEE HAYDEN GALLERY
BEST IN OKLAHOMA — JOSEPH GIEREK FINE ART
BEST IN OREGON — JORDAN SCHNITZER MUSEUM of ART
BEST IN PENNSYLVANIA — JAMES A. MICHENER ART MUSEUM
BEST IN SOUTH CAROLINA — MARY MARTIN GALLERY OF FINE ART
BEST IN SOUTH DAKOTA — SOUTH DAKOTA ART MUSEUM
BEST IN TEXAS — ART ON 5TH
BEST IN UTAH — THE LEONARDO
BEST IN WASHINGTON — MARYHILL MUSEUM OF ART
BEST IN WEST VIRGINIA — WEST VIRGINIA STATE MUSEUM
BEST IN WISCONSIN — MUSEUM OF WISCONSIN ART

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One of Medium’s TOP ART CONTRIBUTORs, award-winning author, actor, film-maker, painter. 10 new books (6 volumes of art). President of www.americanartawards.com

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