Raymar Art Painting Competition Finalists (5th Annual Competition Month #6- March 2011)

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   Best of Show - March 2011
Award Sponsor: Raymar Art
Judge: Michael Gormley

Los Quatro Amigos by Elizabeth Wiltzen
16" x 20" Oil

Judge's Comments: You know a painting is doing its job when you want to be a part of the action or, in this case, the slouching. The poses of this bunch give variety and visual movement to the scene and hint at what is going on inside each boy’s head. Boredom, pouting, confusion, and a bit of resentment—the incurable conditions of a boy growing up - they are all here and appealingly depicted. - Michael Gormley







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Michael Gormley

Black and White by Jian Wu
24 x 20 Oil

Judge's Comments: The cast shadows across the figure’s face make it difficult to really see her expression. Upset? Stoic? The viewer can’t be sure, but the bright, warm light on her head wrap, shoulder, and glinting off her glasses gives the work an unstudied grace. - Michael Gormley







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Michael Gormley

Manon des Olives by Burt Levitsky
20 x 16 Oil

Judge's Comments: This painting seems to merge the poise of Renaissance portraiture with an American folk sensibility. The linear rhythms in the figure’s clothes and hair are mimicked in the lines of the olive groves that recede in the middle ground, carrying the viewer’s eye through the composition. The figure’s glazed-over stare and the looming shadows along the skyline lend a sense of unreality and slight foreboding to the scene. A unique vision. - Michael Gormley







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Michael Gormley

Travel Plans by James Crandall
30" x 20" Oil

Judge's Comments: Her face is averted and her back almost to us, but this figure still gives a lot away. The unself-conscious pose perfectly captures absentminded musing. Her red shoes and the same pop of color on the travel poster she’s looking at tell the subtle story of a cigarette break on a dingy street turning into a daydreamed getaway. - Michael Gormley







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Michael Gormley

The Untitled Painting of Vicki Sleeping by Eric Pedersen
112 in. x 78 in. Oil

Judge's Comments: The unreality of this figure’s appearance is what makes the painting so compelling. Her skin is simultaneously patchy and pearlescent. The too-sharp curve of her shoulders, her outrageous hair, and the striated colors on her face make it seem like we have stumbled upon a punkish Snow White slumbering in the snow. - Michael Gormley







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Michael Gormely

Reflections Along the Quay by Joan Murray
11 x 16 Oil

Judge's Comments: It’s brave to turn away from the object in your sight to its reflection, and yet isn’t that what all art is about—moving past the physicality of the subject to an abstract interpretation of the form? Here the ripples of the water convey a sense of the water’s swirling current and give the building in its reflection an abstracted form. The colors are simple but appealing. A nice blend of abstraction and realism. - Michael Gormely







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Michael Gormley

Locally Grown by Kim VanDerHoek
8 x 10 Oil

Judge's Comments: An honest take on the landscape we might pass by every day. It finds a beauty in the forms of industry and the human presence. Like a visual interpretation of Willa Cather’s abstracted description of the plow in My Antonia, the painting show’s how man’s presence and nature’s power push and counterbalance. - Michael Gormley







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Michael Gormley

overlook by William Wray
24 x 32 Oil

Judge's Comments: The light of dusk is always a challenge to depict, and yet the planes of the building here reinforce the changing time of day. The forms in the foreground fade to flatness and seep into the warm dark. The rosy tinge in the background shows us the path of the setting sun. - Michael Gormley







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Michael Gormley

SEASCAPE II by Dennis Mahony
20 x 24 Oil

Judge's Comments: This painting seems to break most of the rules for a compelling composition—locating the focal point, using compositional cues to lead you through the landscape—and yet the scene’s subtle details do the job. The brush and wildflowers in the foreground crest like a wave, and the snowy expanse beyond pulls your eye in and up. It works. - Michael Gormley







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Michael Gormley

Sojourn by Stanka Kordic
48" x 60" Oil

Judge's Comments: The sense of air and movement in this painting give it a lot of visual force. The swirling fog, flying flower petals, and the swooshing motion of the kneeling child make the whole composition feel like a dreamscape. The bold yellow brushstrokes in the foreground seem organic and electric all at once. - Michael Gormley







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Michael Gormley

The Problem of Hygiene by Annette Bird
8 inches x 10 inches Oil

Judge's Comments: Bread, cheese, and wine—staples of many a still-life painting, but a second glance shows that this cheese is moldy and that a fly has landed on the surface of the bread. The skill of the artist is apparent in the simple, elegant drape of the red cloth and the whorls and nooks of the bread’s interior. But time’s none-too-romantic passage has certainly had an effect on this work. - Michael Gormley







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Michael Gormley

Looking Forward by Darcy Presiloski
24 in x 24 in Oil

Judge's Comments: The figure’s facial expression speaks volumes in just a glance, but it is the execution of the headdress that is the tour de force of the piece. Its volume, weightiness, and character lend the figure a majestic, dignified bearing. The dim, twilit lighting of the work gives the whole piece a hushed, introspective quality. - Michael Gormley