Raymar Art Painting Competition Finalists (8th Annual Competition Month #4 - July 2014)

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   July Best of Show
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Charlie Hunter

Caution: Children Among Us by Dilleen Marsh
11 inches x 14 inches Oil

Judge's Comments: Jaw dropping sophistication in a lock-tight composition. A virtuoso display of high-key muted color; look at how warm (and light) the darkest dark is (and I invite you to spend a moment in awe at the audacity of the highlight colors...). We are tossed into a chaotic, vaguely disquieting situation, narratively forced into identifying with the central character, the only one in “full color.” So many delicious unanswered questions (any significance to the fact that the boy and the girl both have triangles on their chests? Are the turquoise and magenta some sort of analog for baby blue and pink? And if so why....). My sole quibble is the secondary kid; the one with her finger in her mouth - IMHO she’s a bit too newspapery-black-and-white for the rest of the piece. But what the hell do I know? This painting is a killer - Charlie Hunter







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Charlie Hunter

Just checking... by jim mcgrath
24 x 12 Oil

Judge's Comments: A beautifully unified painting. Forget that it is nominally about cats: turn it any direction and the design works (at 90 degrees, it looks like Hopper’s take on Monhegan). The interplay of lights and darks could easily fall out of balance, but it does not. The freshness of the brushwork and the warm scumbles in the shadows are also luscious. For the inner Ryder in us all. - Charlie Hunter







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Charlie Hunter

Dismantling Something I've Worked so Hard to Create by Felicia Forte
30" x 40" Oil

Judge's Comments: Behold the table that is defined only by reflected light! Space and objects come into focus, then recede. Edges. Design. Color harmonies. Contrasts in the paint handling. Juicy darks and sharp geometrics. Mortality. Enigma. There’s a lot to love in this painting (and plenty to get creeped out by, too). Just what the doctor ordered! - Charlie Hunter







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Charlie Hunter

North Kaibab Trail by Dennis Farris
30 x 24 Oil

Judge's Comments: Grand, subtly vertiginous design. Blessedly cool in those orange shadows and hotter than hell in that blazing blue light. You try painting that. Just try it. - Charlie Hunter







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Charlie Hunter

precious resource by David Griffin
12 x 16 Oil

Judge's Comments: The illusion of transparency, painted opaquely. It has been patiently explained to me - when I have tried to paint water - that one does not paint the ‘water’ per se, but, rather reflected light, and what’s underneath. This discussion invariably ends badly, and I end up painting the truck we drove over in. This painting pretty much assures that I will continue to not paint water, but, rather, will hire David Griffin when I need to do so. Stunning. - Charlie Hunter







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Charlie Hunter

Human Still Life: The Conversation by Elisa Holderman
12 x -

Judge's Comments: Works as both a narrative and as a composition. I like the juxtaposition of the very, very flat painting style with the very, very deep perspective of the subject matter, and the almost photorealist treatment of the humans versus the nearly-abstract design elements of those blue and yellow poles. About as disquieting as any George Tooker you’d care to name, but with much better shoes. - Charlie Hunter







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Charlie Hunter

Exploring the Basement by Stephanie Deshpande
30 x 24 Oil

Judge's Comments: Sumptuously painted, with a big, black void just waiting to engulf the teenager in the party dress. If Sally Mann painted, she might come up with something like this. The excellent mix of proportionate darks (from those big voids to a fine hieroglyphic of piping above her head) and fine color temperatures is what brings this one home. Xanax, anyone? - Charlie Hunter







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Charlie Hunter

Poultry Merchant by James Crandall
30 x 24 Oil

Judge's Comments: A masterful vignette painting, vaulted into the realm of greatness by what looks to be absolute control of brushwork, edges and underpainting. The color harmonies make one swoon, and the fact that we are looking through a shop window is telegraphed intelligently and subtly (the vertical band on the extreme left, the lettering overwriting the hanging onions, the vertical color variation on the shopkeeper’s arm and shirt...). I’d like to see this one in real life. Benissimo! - Charlie Hunter







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Charlie Hunter

Outdoor Cafe by Sarah Kidner
24' x 36 Oil

Judge's Comments: I’m not normally a huge fan of the "Caucasians-eating-at-nice-cafes" genre, but this is painting is so, well, beautifully painted that it won me over. The color world is pretty high-key, but not chalky, the drawing is straightforward without obsessiveness, and the limited selection of colors serve so many duties that, after looking at OUTDOOR CAFE for awhile, one realizes one is going to have to rethink one’s relationship to one’s tube of turquoise. The design is just beautiful, and the interplay of light and shadow causes the eye to dance effortlessly and joyfully across the surface. - Charlie Hunter







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Charlie Hunter

Francesca by Carol Arnold
8 x 14 Oil

Judge's Comments: Who doesn’t love Waterhouse? And aren’t we all Pre-Raphaelites at heart? This work makes one remember the romantic possibilities of paint, and appreciate watching the magic a subtle, masterful sense of design can bring to a piece (just ponder those shadowy spaces a moment, and note how they lock the highlights into place). I also like the proportions - the aspect ratio is very much akin to how we, as humans, see. - Charlie Hunter







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Charlie Hunter

Fire and Ice by Stephanie Rew
102cm x 102cm Oil

Judge's Comments: I like this one a lot even though the brushwork isn’t exactly my taste. But its strengths are formidable. First off, it’s big - 40x40. That means it is going to command your attention. Secondly, it reminds me of playing cards - it has an oddly symmetrical asymmetry, like the Queen of Clubs in a kimono. Thirdly, this painting resonates in a way that makes me a bit queasy, and I like that: what’s going on here? And lastly, if it were on my wall, I could turn it a quarter-turn and have something new to be unsettled by whenever I felt like it. - Charlie Hunter







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Charlie Hunter

Misting by Jason Sacran
18 x 28 Acrylic

Judge's Comments: This painting plays us like a fiddle; our eye is being forced to look where it is told to look (all the while thinking it has free will). The hierarchy of illumination is dictated by the hand of the artist, and we follow, as docile as a bull with a ring through its nose. Dude makes it look easy; I hate him. You probably hate him too. That’s the price one pays for being a master. - Charlie Hunter