Raymar Art Painting Competition Finalists (6th Annual Competition Month #8- July 2012)

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   July Best of Show
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Jennifer McChristian

Blackness Over the Lower Street by Tibor Nagy
16 x 20 Oil

Judge's Comments: This absolutely gorgeous painting took my breath away! What a beauty! It’s an extremely captivating, moody and compelling piece which drew me in and would not let me go. Not that I wanted to go, I could gaze at this painting for hours! I cannot begin to talk about all the amazing qualities found within this remarkable painting. As an artist, Tibor displays the upmost confidence evident in his brush and palette knife work and employs a boldness that only an extremely gifted and experienced painter can pull off. The sumptuous paint application gives the word ‘painterly’ a whole new meaning! The delicious lost and found edges are handled exquisitely. This intriguing, poetic and ethereal painting is so infused with emotion, empathy and melancholia one cannot help but to be profoundly moved. It is clear that the artist painted this haunting imagery with intense sincerity, raw emotion and expressive energy. This extremely multi-layered painting reminds me of a ghostly entity. The cool, subdued and gorgeously diffused greys invoke a sense of isolation and loneliness. I love the way the building is subtly integrated with the foreground, as it rises from the earth into the misty air, giving it a poetic and otherworldly feel. The artist has truly developed his own voice that makes his paintings immediately recognizable and distinctive. A masterpiece indeed! - Jennifer McChristian







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Jennifer McChristian

Downward by David Shevlino
43 x 39 Oil

Judge's Comments: There are so many things which I love about this remarkably active painting. I love how David has conveyed the diver’s dynamic movement, dramatically captured in mid-flight! The impeccably solid construction of the diver’s anatomy, as well as the sumptuous flesh tones are simply masterful! The use of incredibly expressive lost and found edges make the figure seem to deliciously merge in and out of the background. The juxtaposition of flesh tones against the blue sky creates a radiant play of warm and cool colors. - Jennifer McChristian







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Jennifer McChristian

Hungry Valley by Victor Schiro
24" x 30" Oil

Judge's Comments: Typifying an iconic Western landscape, this handsome painting of an expansive open vista has a wonderful sense of aerial perspective and gorgeous light. The composition, although simple, is very strong in design, carrying a powerful visual impact. The lofty vantage point and high horizon gives the viewer the illusion of looking down at the valley whilst perched on a towering mountain ridge. Using a limited palette and warm/cool combinations the artist has managed to create luscious and vibrant colors that dazzle and sing! - Jennifer McChristian







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Jennifer McChristian

Monday Morning Yellow by Louis Escobedo
16 x 20 Oil

Judge's Comments: Here is a wonderful example of taking a mundane, often overlooked, gritty subject matter and making it into a visual feast! I am absolutely blown away by this outstanding urban scene! I love how Louis playfully translated the shapes of the buildings, vehicles, etc. into abstract geometrical patterns to simplify this intricate scene. The exquisite soft and hard edges gives this stunning painting a sense of movement and rhythm. The artist displays a remarkable grasp of color. The variety of gorgeous cool greys used in this painting make the vibrant warm colors of the tractor and traffic cones pulsate with life. The directional lines of the traffic light, street lanes, cones and tractor keep your eyes moving in a circular motion centered around the construction worker. The bright green hard hat contrasted against the deep, rusty reds of the truck is a nice touch! The SUV on the left acts as an anchor to keep your eyes from trailing away from the painting. The title is appropriate to depicting the dreary and subjugated feeling of the Monday morning blues on a gloomy, rainy day. Outstanding draftsmanship, skillful paint application and use of ravishing color make this painting a knockout! - Jennifer McChristian







   $10,000 Grand Prize Winner
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: C.W. Mundy

Blackness Over the Lower Street by Tibor Nagy
16 x 20 Oil

Judge's Comments: - Mood paintings can speak to the soul, in many cases, emphatically. This painting immediately moved me by its beauty and mood and emotional content. It has that "Wow" factor! "Blackness Over the Lower Street" by Tibor Nagy won the top honors because the artist took the liberties to be inventive with realism. Being so creative and exploring outside the box to me is the greatest thrill and journey in the painting experience. Scraping paint and laying fresh patches over it, distorting shapes, having an enormous variety of edgework coupled with the exciting sophisticated use of the palette knife pushed this piece to the top. The abstraction of reality makes this piece an icon of the highest execution. It demands the viewer to keep looking and looking and looking and searching. Congratulations to Tibor who is someone people will be watching for a long time! - CW Mundy - C.W. Mundy







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Jennifer McChristian

Self Portrait in a Dream by Felicia Forte
30" x 24" Oil

Judge's Comments: Self portraits can be very revealing. There is a personal, contemplative and psychological narrative story simmering beneath the surface of Felicia’s evocative and ethereal self portrait. In this painting the figure is looking away, introspectively, to an inner world where the artist can retreat. The unusual placement of the head in this composition creates tension and a feeling of a quiet internal chaos. This is enhanced by the use of soft and diffused greys that create a gauzy haze which partially hides the figure. This painting evokes the feeling of a moment caught between consciousness and dream state, an unsettling yet familiar feeling. - Jennifer McChristian







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Jennifer McChristian

Michigan Ave by Mark Lague
24 x 36 Oil

Judge's Comments: There is something so intriguing, inviting and mysterious about this captivating nocturne. Mark beautifully captures the bustling energy of this busy urban intersection by infusing the painting with brilliant headlights and colorful traffic signals that shimmer against deep blues and greens. You can almost hear the drivers honking their horns, smell the diesel, and feel the balmy night air. While there is a lot going on in this nicely balanced composition, the artist has done a wonderful job of using thoughtful restraint to avoid making it overtly busy or chaotic. It requires a tremendous amount of craftsmanship and courage to tackle a scene with complex perspective and detail and make it look effortless, expressive and poignant. The large, simplified area in the upper right serves as a quiet area for the eyes to rest then continue to move through the painting and back to the kinetic activity in the foreground. - Jennifer McChristian







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Jennifer McChristian

Lime with Tea Pot and Cherry by Larry Clingman
12" x 9" Oil

Judge's Comments: The strong and beautifully balanced composition of this striking still life immediately caught my eye. The handling of tone, color and texture is superb! The artist captured the still life objects so eloquently and infused them with a personality of their own. The fruits and teapot remind me of the characters from a Shakespearean play, projecting their lines on a stage under a solitary spotlight. The contrasting red cherry and green lime draw our attention like two leading characters in this play. The objects seem to quietly emerge from darkness into light, depicting a sense of mystery, drama and intrigue. A touch of ripe color balances nicely with the silvery cool greys of the elegant teapot. The surface quality and impasto texture on the highlights give this painting a sculpted, three dimensional quality. A beautifully executed and poetic translation of seemingly simple, everyday objects. Well done! - Jennifer McChristian







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Jennifer McChristian

Boats Lei Yue Mun by William Wray
24 x 24 Oil

Judge's Comments: I absolutely love the abstract quality of this bold and compelling painting! A classic rendition of ‘less is more’. The interesting, geometrical flat shapes create an aesthetically pleasing, dynamic and powerful composition. The artist used varied paint application and manipulation to create marvelous texture and surface quality. William effectively leads the viewer to the focal point by surrounding the two listlessly lingering, colorful white boats with a large area of sumptuous dark colors. The artist clearly adds his own unique and psychologically engaging interpretation of this idyllic subject matter. There’s more than meets the eye in this evocative and beautiful painting! - Jennifer McChristian







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Jennifer McChristian

Bull Market by Howard Friedland
8.75 x 15 Oil

Judge's Comments: This color infused, sun-drenched image is reminiscent of a Sorolla painting. The rich, dark colors used to depict the bull are saturated with delectable mauves, rich blues and subtle ochres. I love how the bold contrast of the bull against the luminescent greys and ochres of the surrounding background creates a stunning silhouette. The beautiful blue highlight placed on the rump of the bull is subtle yet effective. The warm colors of the ground bouncing off the bull’s belly are equally enticing! The thick and juicy application of paint coupled with the rhythmic, graceful directional brush strokes beautifully depict the strength, brute force and musculature of this gallant beast. - Jennifer McChristian







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Jennifer McChristian

Scenic dr, Carmel by Jesse Powell
10 x 14 Oil

Judge's Comments: I was immediately captivated by the simplicity of this gorgeous little coastal scene. In this charming painting, Jesse has successfully captured the moist and muggy beach atmosphere. By using a limited palette, the artist has created a sense of color harmony throughout the painting. I also love how the artist loosely indicated the figures on the beach by using mere dabs of paint. Jesse managed to capture the essence of this elusive subject matter beautifully. The figures, possibly strategically placed, create an S curve, gently leading the eye to the breakers. The handling of the surf is exquisite - brilliantly rendered using the upmost simplification and economy of brush stroke. - Jennifer McChristian







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Jennifer McChristian

Tack Room by Fongwei Liu
30" x 40" Oil

Judge's Comments: What makes this painting beautiful and stunning is the painterly quality coupled with the gorgeous, lavish color and proficient use of value and tone. It has an old Western feel that conjures nostalgia for the past. You can almost smell the sawdust, cured leather and old pine of the stable when looking at this image. Fongwei possesses a keen and refined sense of color as well as technical proficiency. He rendered the saddles and lassoes gorgeously by creating an aesthetic and decorative pattern, eliminating distracting and unnecessary detail while paying attention to subtle value shifts. I love the delicate hints of deep blue highlights on the saddles reflected from the window. The red blanket on the barrel delightfully compliments the green foliage seen through the window. The viewer’s eyes rest on the soothing shadows in the far left area of the painting then lead straight to the bright open window infused with sunny light. The texture of wood, leather and ropes are handled excellently. There is a quiet and reserved peacefulness emanating from this painting. - Jennifer McChristian







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Jennifer McChristian

A New Dawn, a New Day by Thomas Kitts
12 x 16 Oil

Judge's Comments: This immensely delightful and airy plein air says so much with so little. Aside from capturing the freshness and vitality of a ‘new day’ the artist has managed to simplify and edit his shapes beautifully, giving this painting a bold and abstract quality. While some plein air painters simply recreate or copy a scene, Thomas translates this scene to it’s core essence by using simple flat shapes, a serene composition, and luminescent colors. Subtle value shifts and painterly brush strokes along with a sumptuous color palette are used to capture the nuances of morning light. The opulent and vibrant strokes of pinks and mauves sparkle against the predominate complementary greens. The delicate balance of warm and cool greens creates a sense of depth and atmosphere. The group of ducks gently floating in the calm waters complete the painting by adding a sense of scale and whimsy. - Jennifer McChristian