World’s Best Animal Realists Named By America’s 25 Best Galleries: LEE, NEDER, DOLMAN, BARTELS, PYLE, BECKER, VAN HULSEN, CHANG, NOVAK, LOUCKS, QIAO & SERSTINSKAJA / 2021 AMERICAN ART AWARDS

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 Best Galleries & Museums scored almost 2,000 works in 50 categories from 64 countries.

Winners in Category 33 are from MALAYSIA, ENGLAND, UK, NETHERLANDS, USA, NORWAY, TAIWAN, GERMANY, CHINA & LITHUANIA.

BIO OF 1ST PLACE WINNER: Monica Lee was a digital imaging artist for a photography studio for 12 years. It wasn’t until 2013 that she decided to pick up a pencil again just for fun, but realized that she still loves drawing. Quitting her job to become a full-time artist, Monica’s appreciation and admiration of the value of good photographs sparked her interest in photorealism. Specializing only in charcoal and graphite, her style of drawing emphasizes the details of her subject matter. Through her works, she hope to portray the beauty of wildlife animals. Hopefully it will inspire people to appreciate and help protect it for future generations.

In 2021, Monica was a finalist in the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation: Wildlife Artist of the Year. https://www.facebook.com/monicaleeart

ARTIST CONTACTS FOR ART COLLECTORS:

.Category 33. REALISM — ANIMAL

1st Place MONICA LEE MALAYSIA https://www.facebook.com/monicaleeart “Vigilant” 23.5x35.5" Graphite & charcoal.

2nd Place-Tie JUDIT NEDER ENGLAND https://www.facebook.com/judit.neder/ “Angel” 30x40cm Acrylic on canvas.

2nd Place-Tie SAM DOLMAN UK www.samdolman.com “Elektra” 45x60cm Oil on wood.

3rd Place-Tie SANDRA BARTELS THE NETHERLANDS www.sandrabartelsartist.nl “A New Beginning” 30x40cm Pastel, pastelmat.

3rd Place-Tie DAN PYLE USA http://danpyleartist.com/ 18x22" “The Great Ape” Charcoal on illustration board.

3rd Place-Tie LINDA BECKER USA http://www.linda-becker.pixels.com “Vigilance” 16x12" Pastel pencil on matboard.

4th Place-Tie ESTHER VAN HULSEN NORWAY www.esthervanhulsen.com “Ferrari Of The Skies — Peregrine Falcon” 36x30cm Watercolour and colored pencil on board.

4th Place-Tie YU-LI CHANG TAIWAN https://artgo.info “Pet Cat” 54x39cm Pastel.

4th Place-Tie SANDRA BARTELS THE NETHERLANDS www.sandrabartelsartist.nl l “Hope” 32x32cm Pastel, pastelmat.

5th Place-Tie KRISTINA NOVAK GERMANY Pastel. https://www.instagram.com/kristina_petportraits/ “The Scarf” 50x70cm

5th Place-Tie DEAN LOUCKS USA www.deanloucks.com dean@taod1.com “Just Me” 30x40” Acrylic on canvas.

6th Place-Tie YUYANG QIAO CHINA 498233604@qq.com
“Warblers Past Midnight” 29.7x42cm Colored pencil.

6th Place-Tie DANGUOLE SERSTINSKAJA LITHUANIA https://petdrawings.net “Seals” 50x40cm Oil 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:

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

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