WORLD’S BEST FIGURE-EXPRESSIONISTS: FLACK, POWALKA, MACGILLIVRAY, QIANGJIE, MONTANARI, LOWERY, SUNG & SAMSONOVA
Expressionists painting the human figure from USA, Poland, Canada, China, Brazil and Italy win top prizes in Category 12 of the 2018 AMERICAN ART AWARDS.
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.
SELF-PORTRAIT BY MCGARREN FLACK.
McGarren Flack is a talented young artist who was introduced to art at Utah Valley University and reached artistic maturity after painting for three years. He started painting in the fall of 2002 at Brigham Young University in the Illustration program. He graduated from BYU in April of 2005. Flack was then accepted into the Masters of Fine Art program at the University of Utah and graduated April 2008. Currently he is a full time painter and is a teacher for Dixie State University.
Flack’s professional interest in art started when he saw the John Singer Sargent traveling art show in Washington D.C. He was captivated with the ability Sargent had in producing a scene that came alive and at the same time painted Brava brushstrokes. Flack’s inspirations are mostly twentieth century artists like Ander Zorn, John Singer Sargent, JW Waterhouse, Carl Bloch, and P.S. Kroyer.
Most of Flack’s art is created with oil paints, he paints figures, landscapes, and still life’s mostly whatever inspires him. You can view additional art at: www.flackstudio.com
MICHAL POWALKA graduated in 2009 at the Academy of Fine Arts of Katowice (Poland). Before the university, art was a family matter. First contacts with painting started in childhood, thanks to his father, a painter.
Michal’s world is fulfilled with oil colors, his perfect medium to characterize the themes of imagination, where mystique atmosphere connects lights and shadows in realistic and surrealistic paintings. Figurative realism is his current field of study.
Michal’s art, materials and techniques continually evolve. The highly-collected and award-winning artist regularly conveys brilliant emotional and inspirational worlds onto his canvases.
CATEGORY 12. EXPRESSIONISM HUMAN FIGURE
1ST PLACE-TIE D. MCGARREN FLACK USA www.flackstudio.com
“Musical Chairs 12C4” 76x48" Oil on aluminum.
1ST PLACE-TIE MICHAL POWALKA POLAND www.michalpowalka.com “First Sunshine” 100x140cm Oil.
2ND PLACE SANDRA MACGILLIVRAY CANADA firstname.lastname@example.org “The Great Escape” 48x36” Acrylic.
3RD PLACE D. MCGARREN FLACK USA www.flackstudio.com “Air Bags 31D1" 76x48” Oil on aluminum.
4TH PLACE WU QIANGJIE CHINA email@example.com “Trace Of Time” 70x100cm Signature pen on paper.
5TH PLACE HENRIQUE EDMX MONTANARI BRAZIL www.edmx.com.br “Amor” 35x23" Spray, acrylic and golden leaf on skateboard deck.
6TH PLACE-TIE LINDA LOWERY USA www.LindaLoweryArtist.com
“Cry Baby” 24x18" Encaustic on birch panel.
6TH PLACE-TIE HANA SUNG USA firstname.lastname@example.org “Pain Follows Where Beauty Goes” 18x23”
Acrylic and embroidery on paper.
6TH PLACE-TIE ANNA SAMSONOVA ITALY www.annaspace.com “Experience. Man” 58x80cm Oil, marker, 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
Enter art at www.AmericanArtAwards.com