Our first Art competition “City” started in July 2018 and concluded on August 05, 2018. Art Room Gallery received entries from many countries around the world: USA, Switzerland, Russia, India, Canada, Germany, Australia, Netherlands and United Kingdom. The City theme in this competition included a diversity in types, styles and mediums (oil on canvas, oil on linen, acrylic, photography, pastel, watercolour, mixed media, digital, collage, glass casting, wood, colour film, black and white film. The following evaluation criteria has been used for judging the artwork: creativity, interpretation of the theme, originality and quality of art, overall design, demonstration of artistic ability, and usage of medium. Jury decided to select 58 artworks for inclusion in the exhibition. Aside from First, Second, and Third place Jury also presented Merit awards and Honorable Mention awards.
Yongjae Kim was born in Seoul, South Korea in 1985. Yongjae works predominantly on representational painting that describes psychological landscape of isolation and alienation in urban environment. He completed a B.F.A. at Seoul National University in Seoul in 2011 and an M.F.A. at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn in 2014. He has participated in exhibitions in various places, galleries and alternative spaces such as Volta New York 2017, Sotheby Institute, Attleboro Arts Museum, Muriel Guepin Gallery New York, and St. Joseph College.
In 2014, he received Best Color Work Award at 2014 KSCS International Invitation Exhibition of Color Works in Korea. Kim is a membership artist at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Studio Program in New York. He attended Joshua Tree Highland Artists Residency Program in 2013.
When I pause to really look at my environment, I simultaneously sense my location and my self. As I look, I lose myself in a premonition of loss and farewell. This alters my perception of the mundane. I long to stay but know I must ultimately leave. This evokes a nostalgia for my surroundings even as I look. The present becomes a lost past, already just a memory. My farewell to the place in which I exist becomes a farewell to myself. The humble buildings I pass everyday receive little attention from me, but when I stop to look I feel a sense of my own existence, which will remain somewhere in there. This floods my imagination, my future memory, and my mood. In my paintings I am searching for my invisible, formless self, hidden in these buildings - a reminder of my presence. As a temporary resident in this environment, I am compelled to leave a trace of my disappearing presence on my canvas.
Yumiko Glover was born and raised in Hiroshima, Japan. She received her BFA from the University of Hawai’i in 2011. She completed her MFA from UC Santa Barbara in 2017 with the Chancellor’s Fellowship, and was subsequently awarded the post-graduate artist-in-residence for 2017-2018 at UC Santa Barbara. In her paintings and multimedia work that is depicting city maps of Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Tokyo, Glover represents the preciousness of those lives that existed during past, present and future wars. Glover has exhibited her artwork in solo exhibitions at the Brian Ohno Gallery in Seattle, UC Santa Barbara, the Silo118 Gallery in Santa Barbara, as well as curated group exhibitions at the Honolulu Museum of Art and the Chicago Urban Art Retreat Center. Glover was selected as one of the Top 25 Fine Artists for the 100 Best Annual 2014 & 2015 issues of Creative Quarterly, the Journal of Art & Design. Glover’s most recent work, Transience, will be exhibited at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) from summer-December 2018 as a part of the Wild Blue Yonder exhibition.
Eugene Shcherba lives in Brookline, MA, USA. 1990, Eugene dedicated himself to painting full time. In 2000, Eugene has arrived in Massachusetts. Since that time, he has been living and working in Brookline, MA. In 2012, he has won Gold Medal of regional painting competition at Guild of Boston Artists gallery. I'm trying to show in my works the following impression which can touch the soul.