Our first Art competition “Colors” started in September 2018 and concluded on October 04, 2018. Art Room Gallery received entries from many countries around the world: USA, Canada, Austria, China, Australia, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Singapore, Poland, India, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Netherlands, Kuwait, Taiwan and South Korea. The Colors theme in this competition included a diversity in types, styles and mediums (oil on canvas, acrylic, photography, fiber, watercolor, mixed media, digital, screen print on fabric, print on aluminum, collage and batik). The following evaluation criteria has been used for judging the artwork: creativity, interpretation of the theme, originality and quality of art, overall design, demonstration of artistic ability, and usage of medium. Jury decided to select 77 artworks for inclusion in the exhibition. Aside from First, Second, and Third place Jury also presented Merit awards and Honorable Mention awards.
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Julia Eisen Lester - After The Blizzard
(oil on canvas)
36" x 60"
Julia Eisen Lester began her journey as an artist at the Art Student’s League in the fall of 1969. Here, she studied the Nicolaides method of drawing with Lester Rondell and anatomy with Robert Beverly Hale. She remained at the League for over four years studying as a full time student. Shortly after, attending the New School, where she took classes in clay sculpture and anthropology. Throughout her art career she has worked in a variety of media. Her portfolio includes works rendered in graphite, pastel, gouache, watercolor, oil paint and collage. Eisen-Lester's most recent works are in oil, concentrating on urban life. She has been painting and teaching out of her Yonkers studio for the last 30 years. Eisen-Lester’s work is inspired by her love of travel. This can include trips to Europe, or just walks down to the train station near her Yonkers home, fascinated by the ordinary things in life that we take for granted. The subjects may be old trucks, or water tanks, people waiting for a bus, taking a lunch break outside or singing in a doorway for money. Her most recent work, studies the way people use outdoor spaces for their own personal uses. She is interested in the intimacy and behaviors of people in public. Eisen-Lester portrays these moments on the street by painting them vibrantly, with immediacy. This offers the viewer a glimpse into the world that inspires her.
Ahree Song - Contained Time
(fruits, vegetables, sealer)
The Contained Time is a formalistic experiment which attempts to capture the process of qualitative change, for which I applied clear urethane sealer to a fruit in its freshest condition. I then made a hole to let the changes progress and again sealed the hole depending on the severity of decadence at certain intervals to preserve the status. Since the total volume of the fruit shrinks, the space of clear film partially becomes empty. Also, the contents in urethane either shrink or form liquid. In this process, the fruits with various colors over and over changed to brown color as time goes by. Eventually, what was believed to be form and essence is transformed to a similar form being away from the life or when that were most fresh. The Most Perfect Physical Death on a Lucky Day
An artist’s work cannot be anything more than an “incomplete copy” of the artist’s original intent. I wanted to ask questions regarding our life and death we lead in this incomplete world and the true meanings held by what is real and what is not. Rossi's acrylic and mixed media assemblages on wood translate the visual splendor of the interconnectedness of all things. Often working with discarded cardboard boxes, her assemblages come alive using many layers of acrylic. Working at the border of structure and chaos, Rossi's works delve deep into the duplicity of all things toward a metaphysical oneness and spiritual equilibrium. Her transformation of everyday items and refuse reveals the magical in the mundane. Through her unifying vision, this debris is made to express all the wondrous materials of nature. Janet Rossi received her B.A. and M.A. in Art Therapy and Art Education from NYU. She is a member of The National Association of Women Artists and a life time member of The Arts Students League. Since 2007, she has exhibited her work in multiple juried and group shows in NYC and environs . Most recently , her work has been exhibited at the Sylvia Wald and Po Kim Gallery, Oglivy & Mather, NY, The Pen and Brush NY, and Guild Hall, L.I, where she won Best Mixed Media award.
Howard Harris - Pages
(print on aluminum)
36'' x 30''
A Denver native, Mr. Harris has lived and worked in Kansas City, New York and Boston before returning to Denver to establish an integrated direct-marketing company. For over 35 years, he has been a practicing designer and marketer working with the understanding that design is defined as art that you do for others. Since retiring from the direct-marketing world Mr. Harris is now focusing on dimensional photographic fine art. Visual reality is an ever-shifting, highly individualized experience. In any given moment, what we see reflects both our inner state and a synthesis of outer qualities—light, color, movement, space. My exploration in dimensional photographic art represents an attempt to recreate the perceptual experience, with its dynamic nature and hidden complexities. In my patented process I use photographic constructions, a single, often abstracted image is layered over itself on clear acrylic surfaces and superimposed on a subtle grid. The resulting visual phenomenon infuses the image with a sense of dimensionality and fluidity affected by such changes as the angle of viewing and light. The enhanced visual experience Yet perceptual mechanics are only part of the equation. Equally essential are universal principles of design that produce qualities we perceive as beauty. This is my aim: to skillfully combine technology and aesthetics in a way that expands the viewer’s experience of photographic art.