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Finalist
Award Sponsor: Raymar Art

Gioomy Birthday
by Hwang Sung Ha
Oil 162.2cm x 130.3cm

Entered in: November 2009
http://artistdanielangel.com

Judge's Comments: Hauntingly curious. I found myself coming back to this painting again and again. At first I wasnít sure what to thinkÖ I was very drawn to it but wasnít sure why. The eyes- Iím drawn to the compellingly beautiful eyes! Iíve never seen flesh painted so cold yet it totally works in this piece. Beautiful textural surfaces. I love the thick whites in the dress. I know I keep talking about composition, but it is so important. This painting is a winner in part because of its solid composition. Every item in the painting is expertly placed to move the viewerís eye around the painting and back to the figure. It is well balanced and just so very intriguing. - Bryce Cameron Liston