World’s Best Fashion Painters / 2023 AMERICAN ART AWARDS: BEER, KALE, PRUYS, MCCALLUM, LEE, PARK, SUN, RODIGAS, DAVIS, STEELE, CONVERSE, SEQUEIRA & ANTANAUSKIENE

Thom Bierdz
6 min readNov 2, 2023

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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, INDIA, CANADA, USA, SOUTH KOREA, GERMANY, AUSTRALIA & LITHUANIA.

BIO OF 1ST PLACE WINNER: Jo Beer is a painter based in Cornwall UK.

Taught at A ‘level’ by Newlyn School artist Vincent Wilson, her work has self developed since.

Predominantly figurative, she explains, “The wonderful thing about people is that there is no such thing as an ‘ordinary’ person…everyone is extraordinary in their own way”.

Jo’s paintings are intimate studies, she enjoys quirky detail of quirky people. Always in oil and with fairly broad brush strokes, they are expressive, contemporary portraits. Twice featured in Sky Art Portrait Artist of the Year, with one of her images ( not pretty but pretty honest) being selected to appear over and over in a huge installation of a portrait of The Mona Lisa on Clapham Common, London following series one, and with actor Parminder Nagra choosing her portrait to take home with her in series 3.

Jo has exhibited extensively in the Southwest both with solo exhibitions and as part of collectives.

As well as producing work to sell through galleries, she also regularly undertakes private commissions, and is always very pleased to discuss requests and ideas.

Publications…Jo’s work has featured in Artwalk Magazine NYC, Encyclopaedia of Oil Techniques ( by Jeremy Galton), A Little Book Of Portraits ( Sky Arts), Cube 3 Gallery, Plymouth Signpost Exhibitions Volume 4,5,6,7. https://www.instagram.com/jobeerart/

SEE ARTISTS SITES / ARTIST CONTACTS:

1st Place — Tie JO BEER UK https://www.jobeerart.com/ “Sir Francis Drake Awaits Notifications” 50x76cm Oil on canvas.

1st Place — Tie JO BEER UK https://www.jobeerart.com/ “Candy” 75x90cm Oil on canvas.

2nd Place — Tie AMAR KALE INDIA amarnath.kale.ak@gmail.com “Natya Bhairavi” 20x30” Oil & acrylic on canvas.

2nd Place — Tie CHER PRUYS CANADA www.artbycher.ca “Nashville” 7x10” Acrylic on paper.

2nd Place — Tie MARIE MCCALLUM USA www.mariemccallumart.com “Southern Exposure” 60x38” Oil on canvas.

3rd Place — Tie CHELSEA LEE USA chelseaslee2@gmail.com “Tako Night” 12x24” Acrylic on board.

3rd Place — Tie JINYOUNG PARK SOUTH KOREA chloe.mintwhale@gmail.com “The Shoe” 31x21.4” Pencil, acrylic on paper.

4th Place — Tie JOOAHN SUN USA elijahsun20@gmail.com “Forbidden Innocence” 18x24” Charcoal on paper.

4th Place — Tie STEFFI RODIGAS GERMANY http://www.steffi-rodigas-artist.com “Fun” 50x50cm Oil on canvas.

5th Place — Tie SALLY DAVIS AUSTRALIA davis_sally@rocketmail.com “Vintage Red Dress And Bust” 24x24” Oil on linen.

5th Place — Tie LINDA STEELE USA www.facebook.com/LindaSteeleOriginals “Magic Begins With Imagination” 15x30" Acrylic over fluid acrylic on canvas.

5th Place — Tie MARGARET (PEGGY) CONVERSE USA grammypeggyc@yahoo.com “Bathing Beauties!” 15x30" Oil on canvas.

6th Place — Tie KAREN SEQUEIRA USA theepaintedfeather@gmail.com “The Horsemen“ 30x38” Acrylic.

6th Place — Tie INESA ANTANAUSKIENE LITHUANIA https://www.inartstudios.com “Sunny Shopping” 100x90cm Acrylic on canvas.

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.

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Thom Bierdz

One of Medium’s TOP ART CONTRIBUTORS, award-winning author, actor, film-maker, painter. 12 books: 6 on art. President of WAA & AAA & ACCA.