WORLD’S BEST HUMOR ARTISTS: MACGILLIVRAY, SERSTINSKAJA, UM, LEE, LE GRICE, DARLINGTON, SUNG & BAENSCH

Artists painting humor from Canada, Lithuania and USA score highest in Category 19 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.

The saying “a picture paints and thousands words” is one that most describes Sandra MacGillivray’s work. Her ability to capture a feeling and tell a story carries through each of her paintings. Sandra is remarkable in that she stays true to what moves her to compose a painting. She is the quintessential fine artist, compelled to connect to her viewer and for a moment get them to stop and wonder why the piece was created. Sandra’s paintings tend to be larger than the canvas that houses them. She is able to capture the off canvas space that surrounds the panting by the subjects gazes or composition of the painting.

Starting her painting career later in life after a successful career in advertising, Sandra always knew that she was meant to be a painter, and at 57 took a quantum leap of faith by moving from Toronto to a smaller town (Peterborough) where she could afford to pursue a painting career.

The leap of faith has been validated time and time again as she continues to garner attention in the art world with her many awards. Sandra is an accredited member of the Portrait Society of Canada, Society of Canadian Artists, the winner of the Emily Carr Legacy Award, and has been award many top honors at art shows throughout Canada. “I try not to be trapped by other peoples thinking by not letting the noise of other’s opinions drown out my inner voice. I am able to have the courage to follow my heart and listen to my intuition. Somehow, my inner voice knows what the painting wants to become and brings it to life.”

CATEGORY 19. HUMOROUS

1ST PLACE SANDRA MACGILLIVRAY CANADA semacgillivray@gmail.com “Would You Look At That” 24x20” Acrylic. 
 
2ND PLACE DANGUOLE SERSTINSKAJA LITHUANIA www.petdrawings.net “Butterfly Friend” 9x13" Oil on paper. 
 
3RD PLACE-TIE DANIEL UM USA www.umdaniel.com “Only In My Dreams” 18x24" Prismacolor on paper.
 
3RD PLACE-TIE YUNJIN LEE USA yunjinstar7@gmail.com “The Final Boss” 24.5x24" Acrylic on board.
 
3RD PLACE-TIE YUNJIN LEE USA yunjinstar7@gmail.com “Genuinely Lit” 20x26'’ Colored pencils on paper.
 
4TH PLACE-TIE LINDA LE GRICE CANADA www.lindalegrice.com “Fandango” 9x12” Oil on linen.
 
4TH PLACE-TIE DAVID DARLINGTON USA ddarlington95@gmail.com “A Good Time, Not A Long Time” 16x24” Acrylic on board. 
 
5TH PLACE-TIE YUNJIN LEE USA yunjinstar7@gmail.com “Aging Jellyfish” 17x23" Watercolor and acrylic on paper.
 
5TH PLACE-TIE HANA SUNG USA hana.s1113@gmail.com “Galaxy Bath” 20x24” Acrylic and embellishments on canvas.
 
5TH PLACE-TIE HANA SUNG USA hana.s1113@gmail.com “When Wants Become Priorities” 22x15” Colored pencil on paper.
 
6TH PLACE CAITLYN BAENSCH USA caitlynbaensch@gmail.com “Mycelium Memories” 15.5x32” Collage and acrylic on illustration board.

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