Our fourth Art competition “Open” started in February 2021 and concluded on March 04, 2021. Art Room Gallery received entries from many countries around the world: USA, Germany, Canada, Taiwan, Ukraine, Ireland, France, Italy, Portugal, Australia, China, Venezuela, Romania, Israel, Argentina, Russia, Poland, Lithuania, Austria, Switzerland, Sweden, Cyprus, Mexico, Estonia and Costa Rica . The Open theme in this competition included a diversity in types, styles and mediums (oil on canvas, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, graphite, gouache, crayon, colored pencil, digital, photography, clay, ceramic, steel, wire mesh, fiber, pen and ink). 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 141 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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Huaqi Li, born in 1981 in Guangxi, China, now lives in Beijing. Graduated from the Department of Painting, Academy of Fine Arts, Tsinghua University. President of Oil Painting Academy of Zhongguancun Academy of Arts, Vice Chairman of China-Russia Oil Painting Association, Vice Chairman of China-Hungarian Artists Association, Vice Director of Office of Beijing Oil Painting Academy of China Xu Beihong Painting Academy, Member of American Portrait Painting Association, Member of Beijing Oil Painting Society.
Eric Li - Oriental Charm
(oil on wood panel)
18'' x 24''
Eric Li graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign (UIUC) with a Master of Science degree and currently lives in Houston, Texas. Mr. Li is a multi-award winning artist and a member of the Portrait Society of America (PSA), Oil Painters of America (OPA) and the National Oil & Acrylic Painters' Society (NOAPS). His works have participated in many national and local art exhibitions, and many of his works have been privately collected.
Andrew Nelson - Phytoborg 3
(graphite on bristol board)
18" x 24"
My work includes graphite drawings of landscapes, some of which contain machine creatures, plant-animal hybrids and other conglomerations that might be found in the distant future or on other worlds. Many of the landscapes are drawn from southwestern deserts waterscapes and mountains but others reflect a less Earthly aspect. Specifically some of these drawings focus on post-technology ecosystems containing feral technology. Exploring the nature of being uniquely human is a deep trope in art, past and present. But is our supposed uniqueness really our most important aspect? Maybe what makes us alive is more important than what makes us human. Are there commonalities among all possible forms of life? Perhaps something we feel and share at a visceral level? When something catches your eye, does that mean you share affinity with it?