WORLD’S BEST LANDSCAPE IMPRESSIONISTS: PIER, WYKES, TILBY, LYONS, XIANRU, MUSSELY, HUI, YANFENG, RIZHANG & STEELE
Landscape impressionists from USA, England, Canada and China win top honors in Category 22 of the 2018 AMERICAN ART AWARDS: the most entered category.
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.
Brian Pier, a native of Wisconsin was born in 1953 in the town of Kenosha, Wisconsin.
He is primarily self taught but strongly influenced by many of the 19th and early 20th century masters. Brian studies and paints every day, working in oil and uses a limited palette. His passion is painting plein aire and he continually finds drama in the landscapes and people that he paints. His paintings are all about the changing light and the way that it plays on the natural beauty that surrounds him.
Brian has exhibited in Manhattan, New York, and has been featured in many exhibits in the South East & North East regions of Wisconsin. Additionally, in 2013, Brian was invited to Florence, Italy where he was represented for one year. Recent credits include a 1st place award in the category of impressionist landscapes at the American Art Awards in Hollywood in 2015. His paintings are held in collections throughout the United States and abroad. Brian’s art is currently on exhibit at The Pier Gallery, 4633 Market Street, Egg Harbor, WI and Northern Lights Gallery, Downtown Racine, WI.
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Andrew Wykes was born in the UK just outside of London. He studied at Richmond upon Thames College as well as Epsom School of Art and Design, where he received his undergraduate qualifications in fine art. His graduate studies were completed at American University, in Washington, DC where he received his MFA in painting. He has taught art for thirty-five years in schools and universities in the UK, Belgium and the US. Andrew has shown his work nationally and internationally including London and in New York. He was a 2010,2013 and 2015 recipient of the Minnesota State Arts Board Initiative Grant and in 2009 he was awarded a fellowship at the Ballinglen Arts Foundation in Mayo, Ireland. He is currently a Professor of Painting at Hamline University in St Paul. His work is most extensively represented by the Groveland Gallery in Minneapolis.
CATEGORY 22. IMPRESSIONISM — LANDSCAPE
1ST PLACE-TIE BRIAN PIER USA firstname.lastname@example.org “Sturgeon Bay Shipyards” 18x24” Oil on canvas.
1ST PLACE-TIE ANDREW WYKES ENGLAND, USA andrewwykes.com Awykes@hamline.edu “Killara Bay, Mayo, Ireland” 24x100" Acrylic on canvas.
2ND PLACE-TIE BRIAN PIER USA email@example.com “Shipyard Steel Workers” 22x28” Oil on canvas.
2ND PLACE-TIE DEBORAH TILBY CANADA www.deborahtilby.com “The Bicycle And The Boat” 24x24" Oil.
2ND PLACE-TIE DEBORAH TILBY CANADA www.deborahtilby.com “High Oaks Farm” 18x18" Oil on panel.
3RD PLACE-TIE STEVE LYONS USA www.stevelyonsart.com “Blue” 36x60" Acrylic on canvas.
3RD PLACE-TIE WANG XIANRU CHINA firstname.lastname@example.org “Youth-Time Flies” 180x100cm Oil on linen.
3RD PLACE-TIE MARCEL MUSSELY CANADA www.marcelmussely.com “Lumière D’Automne” 40x40" Oil.
4TH PLACE-TIE DEBORAH TILBY CANADA www.deborahtilby.com “Mudflats In Evening Light” 14x24" Oil.
4TH PLACE-TIE ANDREW WYKES ENGLAND, USA andrewwykes.com Awykes@hamline.edu “Mayo Landscape” 45x100" Acrylic on 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