WORLD’S BEST ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONISTS: RHODES, PESIC-GROZDANOV, ARKADYEV, POLINA, YADAV, SCHOFIELD, BERBEE, DOYLE-ALLISON, ALFERY & GOTZENS

Thom Bierdz
Sep 27, 2018 · 5 min read

Abstract Expressionists from USA, Macedonia, Russia, India and Canada win highest scores in Category 7 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.

RHODES: “It has taken me over 25 years as a self-taught artist to produce the work you see before you today and I’m proud to be a part of the American Art Awards and be able to share with you my winning art. I have talked with many great artists over the years and gained inspiration from there work. One woman in particular whom I find inspiring is Yoko Ono's sister Setsuko Ono; she takes her ideas from dreams and classical music.

“I to listen to music to help me relax and bring new and exciting ideas into my head, I am always trying out new techniques and I’m quite spontaneous with my idea’s and I like to start drawing or painting without any preparation sometimes finishing dramatic results. My goal in life is that one day my name will be recognized world-wide as an famous artist .”

CATEGORY 7. ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONISM

1ST PLACE GRAHAM EDWARD RHODES USA http://graham-edward.artmajeur.com/ “Ink Chaos” 32x 22" Ink on paper

2ND PLACE DIVNA PESIC GROZDANOV MACEDONIA www.divnapesic.com “Once Upon A Time There Was A Beautiful Country Macedonia, BUT…” 80x60cm Oil.

3RD PLACE KIRILL GERA ARKADYEV RUSSIA https://vk.com/album1566504_21315819 “Self-Reproach” 29.7x42cm Paper, gel pens.

4TH PLACE-TIE AMELINA POLINA RUSSIA https://www.instagram.com/polina.amelina “Transformation” 30x30cm Watercolor on paper.

4TH PLACE-TIE RAJESH SURESH YADAV INDIA rajaaryan1977@gmail.com “The End = The Beginning” 30x42" Acrylic.

5TH PLACE-TIE GLEN A SCHOFIELD USA www.artbyschofield.com “Spinning!” 48x48” Acrylic on canvas.

5TH PLACE-TIE MATT BERBEE USA mattberbee@hotmail.com “Movement And Location” 15x22" Watercolor.

5TH PLACE-TIE DIVNA PESIC GROZDANOV MACEDONIA www.divnapesic.com “My Sad Father, Victim Of A Modern Crime” 50x70cm Oil on canvas.

6TH PLACE-TIE JACQUELINE DOYLE ALLISON USA www.jacquelineallison.com “Arabesque” 36x36″ Acrylic on canvas.

6TH PLACE-TIE CHRISTINE ALFERY USA www.christinealfery.net “Telling The Story” 40x30" Watercolor on 300# Arches watercolor paper.

6TH PLACE-TIE DETLEF GOTZENS CANADA www.degoarts.com “Excavations №05” 67x57” Acrylic, collage, charcoal drawing and marker 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

Thom Bierdz

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One of Medium’s TOP ART CONTRIBUTORs, award-winning author, actor, film-maker, painter. 10 new books (6 volumes of art). President of www.americanartawards.com

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