WORLD’S BEST STILL LIFE REALISTS: SZEKELY, GARWOOD, CASTANO, PYLE, SUNG & TING

Thom Bierdz
Oct 27, 2018 · 6 min read

Still life painters from Romania, USA, Spain and China dominate Category 37 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.

Szilard Szekely (b.1977) — Baia Mare

web: www.szekelyszilard.com

email: szilardfineart@gmail.com

Biography

From an early age, my life has been rich with culture and art. I was born and raised in Baia Mare, Romania. I was surrounded by paintings that adorned the house, my parents’ friendship with various artists, and a childhood spent near the “Colony of Painters” have inspired and nurtured my passion for fine arts. My first contact with art takes place at a very young when I followed the courses of a local public art school for three years — “The Public School of Art” from Baia Mare. These studies form the foundation for my first successful project. After art school, in 2012, I graduated top of my class the faculty of Fine Arts at the Technical University Cluj, achieving the highest grade for my dissertation and final art piece. This gave me the opportunity to exhibit my work in several collective exhibitions. I became a member of the “Artist’ Union of Romania” in 2015, which confers recognition in the professionalism and dedication to art. In 2016 I completed a master’s degree, achieving once again the highest mark in my year. In the same year I held my first solo exhibition „Life in the Shadowbox” ; which confirms my place amid the artistic scene of Baia Mare and I got recognised by being featured in the commemorative album „120 Years, The artistic Centre from Baia Mare”.

Statement

My personal artistic challenge is to explore the creative nature of still life.

It is a valuable method to represent and reflect on the notion of time and space; as it contrasts with current scientific thinking, the generators of new ideas and technologies; but which can not diminish the extra dimensions given to those objects which are brought to life through our sensory and cognitive experiences, when observing still life. These simple compositions of everyday objects; represent the conceptual nature of the passing of time. Through our human nature we are forever trying to stop time — to make it eternal; therefore only through art that we can, for the time being, bring this wish to life. Perhaps technology; electronics; virtual reality environments will become vulnerable in the future; therefore everything that is stored on memory cards may get erased one day; but art is a repository of active memory through museums; where art remains current.

Recent awards:

2018, Winning artist, Artist Portofolio Magazine — 10 Art competion

2017, Third place-Tie, American Art Awards

2017, Fourth place-Tie, American Art Awards

2017. Fifth place-Tie, American Art Awards

2017, Honorable Mentions, Artist Portofolio Magazine — Q4 Art Competition

CATEGORY 37. REALISM — STILL LIFE

1ST PLACE SZILARD SZEKELY ROMANIA www.szekelyszilard.com “Anodyne For Sorrow” 20x28" Oil on canvas.

2ND PLACE LYNN GARWOOD USA www.lynngarwood.com “Old Rearview Alley” 36x48” Acrylic.

3RD PLACE TOMAS CASTANO SPAIN www.tomascastano.com “Fish Market” 50x70 Oil on canvas.

4TH PLACE-TIE DAN PYLE USA http://danpyleartist.com/ “Out Of Gas” 19.5x28.5" Charcoal on illustration board.

4TH PLACE-TIE LYNN GARWOOD USA www.lynngarwood.com “Vintage Sale” 24x30” Acrylic on canvas.

5TH PLACE-TIE HANA SUNG USA hana.s1113@gmail.com “Coexistence Of Natural And Artificial” 14x21” Acrylic on board.

5TH PLACE-TIE HAO TING CHINA 475809854@qq.com “Gone With The Wind” 100x80cm Oil on linen.

5TH PLACE-TIE SZILARD SZEKELY ROMANIA www.szekelyszilard.com “Untold” 20x28" Oil on canvas.

6TH PLACE LYNN GARWOOD USA www.lynngarwood.com “Betsey In The Sky” 36x48” Acrylic.

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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