Our third Art competition “Grey” started in April 2022 and concluded on May 18, 2023. Art Room Gallery received entries from many countries around the world: USA, Canada, Austria, Taiwan, Poland, Italy, Germany, Portugal, Spain, UK and Australia. The Grey theme in this competition included a diversity in types, styles and mediums (oil on canvas, acrylic, pastel, charcoal, scratchboard, colored pencil, graphite, handblown glass, digital painting, photography). 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 64 artworks for inclusion in the exhibition. Aside from First, Second, and Third place Jury also presented Merit awards and Honorable Mention awards.
Thank you, and enjoy the exhibition!
Cher Pruys - The Young Cowboy
(acrylic on hot press)
9" x 12"
Cher Pruys, ASAA SCA, IGOR, AAPL, CSAA, AMS, LMS, OSA, MAA, CFA, NOAPS, PSOA, AWA.. "To take my inner visions with my hands and create a work of art for you the viewer .... That is the ultimate in self expression." Cher Pruys was born in Regina. Over the years she lived in many places including Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa, Fort Frances, settling into her present home in Devlin, on the banks of the Rainy River with her husband Mark, 4 dogs and 2 cats. By age three, Cher was seldom found without a drawing tool in hand. She worked in pencil, charcoal and ink over the years, until, she picked up a paintbrush at the age of 35. Beginning with oil paints, she found her chosen mediums in acrylic, water color and gouache. Although self taught, her dedication and talent has seen her work juried into 275 International exhibits, as well as exhibits in numerous non juried shows. She has won 330 awards for her work in the International Juried Exhibits
Linda McCord - Somber Mood
24'' x 36''
Linda McCord works in most of the two-dimensional mediums. She was a gallery owner for 10 years, and taught painting and printmaking at her local college. Although self-taught, he has taken numerous international awards, and her art in the collection of museums, churches, hospitals, and colleges. She is a signature member of International Society of Acrylic Painters, Northwest Watercolor Society, Georgia Watercolor Society and California Watercolor Association. McCord’s work has been described as abstract realism. She focuses on light and shadow, composition, and value change. She adapted a method of building layers of paint using resist processes she learned as a printmaker. McCord says, “I design my art around mathematical concepts rather than emotion.”
Alex Usvitsky - A Backward Glance
(digital on paper)
24" x 24"
Bio: I was born in Leningrad, USSR where I received training in traditional watercolor. After immigrating to the United States in 1982, I graduated from the College of Environmental Design at UC Berkeley and was fortunate to get a job at one of the most innovative design firms based in the Silicon Valley. While I struggled with the limitations of early architectural design software, watercolor continued to be my hobby mostly because it enabled me to unwind and enjoy the freedom of the medium. As I watched computer technology evolve to generate exciting visual effects of random geometry, color and texture, I found myself totally drawn to digital art. Using a computer and a camera I have been creating digital paintings since the early 2000's. I have not frequently exhibited my work. Many of my works are privately owned. Statement: Enjoying fast media such as watercolor or digital art is all about giving up control and embracing chance. It leaves the artist no time for planning and when allowed will produce amazing effects all by itself. Some of my works may appear more abstract than others but in every case the subject matter is secondary to the automatically generated random geometry, color and texture.