World’s Best Contemporary Oil Paintings: GRANTFORD, DOUZINAS, ZHAO, BÖHM-BAYER, DANIEL, PANIS, ESCALERA, GHETIU, UTOROPCHUK, FEI, SHI, ALIYA, JIE / 2022 AMERICAN ART AWARDS Winners

20 of USA’s Best Galleries & Museums vote in the AMERICAN ART AWARDS, arguably the most prestigious online art competition. In 2022, painters, sketchers, digital artists, photographers and sculptors from 69 countries submitted JPEGs for the 50 categories — to win gallery affiliation, career launch, high scores, great press and/or $5,000 in prizes.

Here are the winners in CATEGORY 1, OIL — FIGURE.

1ST PLACE WINNER BIO: Jaq Grantford is an ARC Associate Living Artist (Arc Renewal Centre) based in Australia and specializes in fine art and portraiture.

Her work is held in the MEAM Museum (European Museum of Modern art), the National Portrait Gallery of Australia, the National Gallery of Victoria and many other collections.

Since she was a child, Jaq has been passionate about portraying the human form, and that love has persisted throughout her life. To capture the essence of a person is one of her greatest joys. She loves to tell the stories through visual imagery: the influences, the environment, the cultural background, the joys and heartbreaks, and so much more.

The details and tiny flaws are the most exciting parts of any subject. It’s what makes us different but also united in our imperfection. Jaq tries to paint without judgement the true essence of what is around her and see the beauty inherent in people and place.

(She also loves cats.)

CONTACTS: CATEGORY 1. OIL / FIGURE

1ST PLACE JAQ GRANTFORD AUSTRALIA www.jaqgrantford.com “Intricate Whispers” 56x102cm Oil on Canvas.

2ND PLACE — TIE STAVROS DOUZINAS GREECE https://www.stavrosart.com/ “Sad Clown” 60x80cm Oil on canvas.

2ND PLACE — TIE SHICHENG ZHAO CHINA frankchaoart@gmail.com “Conspiring” 111.76x157.48cm Oil on canvas.

3RD PLACE — TIE GEROLD BÖHM-BAYER GERMANY gerold.boehm-bayer@t-online.de “The Man From The Desert” 70x50cm Oil on canvas.

3RD PLACE — TIE DAINTY DANIEL NIGERIA danieldainty990@gmail.com “Body Scarification” 50x60cm Oil on canvas.

3RD PLACE — TIE MARIO PANIS PHILIPPINES https://www.facebook.com/people/Mario-Panis-Visual-Artist/100063618854586/ “Girl With Apple” 20x16″ Oil on canvas.

4TH PLACE — TIE LORI ESCALERA USA www.thestreetpainter.com “Eva Having Tea” 30x24” Oil on canvas.

4TH PLACE — TIE SERGHEI GHETIU LITHUANIA https://www.saatchiart.com/serghio76 “Walking In The Night” 60x75cm Oil on canvas.

4TH PLACE — TIE VASYL UTOROPCHUK UKRAINE 40x60cm https://www.instagram.com/vasil_utoropchuk/ “Virus Time” Oil, canvas.

5TH PLACE — TIE GAO FEI CHINA 243273634@qq.com “Turpan Night Market II” 60x80cm Oil on linen.

5TH PLACE — TIE MEI SHI CHINA meishi2018@gmail.com “The Pope Persuaded Attila To Withdraw” 100x180cm Oil on linen.

6TH PLACE — TIE ALIYA CHINA 806339938@QQ.com “Gannan Series — Portrait of Gina” 80x80cm Oil on linen.

6TH PLACE — TIE ZHUANG JIE CHINA 651862835@qq.com “Who Says That Ordinary People Are Not Heroes” 100x80cm Oil on linen.

100 ARTICLES on the 50 CATEGORIES of the 2022 AMERICAN ART AWARDS WINNING ARTISTS will be here: https://www.americanartawards.com/2022-press-on-artists/

COLLECTORS wanting to acquire these pieces or contact the artists can get direct links here: https://www.americanartawards.com/2022-winning-artists/

This is the 14th anniversary for the American Art Awards organization which selects the 20 Best Galleries and Museums each May, who decide the world’s best artists in Autumn.

American Art Awards 20 Best Galleries & Museums for 2022, in alphabetical order of state, who were asked to vote on art submissions:

BEST IN ARIZONA — Exposures International Gallery Of Fine Art

BEST IN ARKANSAS — Fort Smith Regional Art Museum

BEST IN CALIFORNIA — Exclusive Collections Galleries

BEST IN COLORADO — Mirada Fine Art

BEST IN DELAWARE — The Delaware Contemporary

BEST IN FLORIDA — MAC Art Galleries

BEST IN GEORGIA — Westobou Gallery

BEST IN HAWAII — Sunshine Arts

BEST IN INDIANA — Lubeznik Center for the Arts

BEST IN LOUISIANA — Arthur Roger Gallery

BEST IN MICHIGAN — LaFontsee Galleries

BEST IN MISSOURI — Hilliard Gallery

BEST IN NEBRASKA — Kiechel Fine Art

BEST IN NEW HAMPSHIRE — Rochester Museum of Fine Arts

BEST IN NEW MEXICO — Blue Rain Gallery

BEST IN NEW YORK — Center for Exploratory & Perceptual Arts

BEST IN OREGON — Bronze Coast Gallery

BEST IN SOUTH CAROLINA — Mary Martin Galleries Of Fine Art

BEST IN SOUTH DAKOTA — South Dakota Art Museum

BEST IN WEST VIRGINIA — West Virginia State Museum

Among other criteria, gallery & museum selections are based on years established, industry reputation, online interest, location, size, socially relevant exhibits, motivational and educational programs, represented artists as well as artist, client and visitor references.

Enter here: https://www.americanartawards.com/register-to-enter-3/

or get a gallery to rate and price your work: https://www.americanartawards.com/gallery-ratings/

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One of Medium’s TOP ART CONTRIBUTORS, award-winning author, actor, film-maker, painter. 12 books (6 volumes of art). President of American Art Awards