World’s Best Floral Realists / 2023 AMERICAN ART AWARDS: CHECHUN, PRAEGER, MONTILLA, LEE, IRWIN, PRAEGER, ALMEIDA, HONG, WALDECK, VON TORNADO, STEELE & WYNN-MOYLAN
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 LITHUANIA, SWITZERLAND, USA, CANADA, CHINA, SOUTH AFRICA & AUSTRALIA.
BIO OF 1ST PLACE WINNER: Tatjana Cechun
I was born in the capital of a small Baltic country into a family of artists and I believe that I received my main master class at home.
I strive to combine the pictorial direction of the “little Dutchmen” with modern realism. Combine “eternity and a moment” on one canvas: ancient and expensive utensils next to fresh flowers and fruits. I’m trying to show that in this world at a certain period of time there can be something that will remain with us forever, and something that will disappear without a trace.
I try to create mood and atmosphere using the power of color, contrast and lighting. I have a very vivid imagination, I can just close my eyes and imagine the finished composition. Of course, the human brain creates images from personal experience and what it has once seen. Sometimes I remember where I saw the part, and I start looking again and studying the nuances. And of course, I constantly learn from other artists: ideas of compositions, color solutions, sense of form, manner of transmitting light… This helps me develop and I always hope that the next painting will be better and more interesting than the previous one.
My husband and I work in the same studio-workshop, so I always have a consultant, a teacher and a strict art critic next to me. Realism is a very complex technique that requires a lot of time, knowledge and skills. Simply using your imagination is not enough; you need to accurately understand the laws of nature and images.
I hope that through my painting people will be able to see the world through my eyes, my feelings and my colors. https://www.facebook.com/Art-Chechun/
ARTISTS’ CONTACTS / SEE MORE OF THE ARTISTS’ WORKS:
1st Place TATIANA CHECHUN LITHUANIA https://www.facebook.com/Art-Chechun/ “Peonies Sarah Bernhardt” 50x70cm Oil, canvas.
2nd Place — Tie YVONNE PRAEGER SWITZERLAND www.yvonnepraeger.com “Magnificent I” 80x60cm Oil on canvas.
2nd Place — Tie RICKY MONTILLA USA www.rickymontilla.com Oil on canvas. “Guitar And Roses, Series 4” 16x24”
3rd Place — Tie JOHANNA LEE USA firstname.lastname@example.org “Colors Of Devotion” 28x22” Acrylic on canvas.
3rd Place — Tie LINDA IRWIN CANADA www.lindairwinartist.com “God’s Amazing Paintbrush” 16x12” Acrylic on canvas.
3rd Place — Tie YVONNE PRAEGER SWITZERLAND www.yvonnepraeger.com “Pink Salvation” 80x120cm Oil on canvas.
4th Place — Tie TONY ALMEIDA USA http://www.artbytony.org “Flower Of The Moment” 29x42” Mixed media on canvas.
4th Place — Tie CAO HONG CHINA email@example.com “Dew On Lotus” 50x40cm Oil on canvas panel.
4th Place — Tie RON WALDECK SOUTH AFRICA www.ronwaldeck.com “917 Rosebud And Droplets” Acrylic on canvas.
5th Place — Tie KRYS VON TORNADO USA https://www.krysvontornado.com “Dive Into Poppy” 24x30” Oil on canvas.
5th Place — Tie LINDA STEELE USA www.facebook.com/LindaSteeleOriginals “Rising Between A Rock And A Hard Place” 14x18" Acrylic over fluid acrylic on canvas.
6th Place — Tie KARENA WYNN-MOYLAN AUSTRALIA www.karenawynn-moylanart.com “Things Fallen: Camellias #2” 100x85cm Oil on polycotton canvas.
6th Place — Tie CAO HONG CHINA firstname.lastname@example.org “Never Quarantine” 50x40cm Oil on canvas panel.
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.