Competition Winners

William F. Draper Grand Prize & People's Choice Award
Sponsored by Jack Richeson & Co, American Art Collector, Turtlewood Palettes and Portrait Society
Bryce Billings
West Jordan, Utah
A Father’s Dream and a Son’s Love, 36" x 48", Oil

"This is a self portrait of me and my son. We are standing together in front of an ominous cloudy background, representing hard times we had been through and a cloudy unclear future, as I set forward on a path to pursue my dreams. I am wearing construction clothes and carpentry bags to represent the profession I had been trained to do from the time I was a child by my own father. My son is standing on a saw horse which holds the hammer I have symbolically laid down. My son and I hold outward expressions of weariness yet between the two of us there is an unbreakable and unspoken bond of love."
First Place Painting
Sponsored by HK Holbein, American Art Collector, Signilar Art Videos,  PanPastel, Martin F./Weber Company, Turtlewood Palettes, and Portrait Society
Tony Pro
Westlake Village, California
Last Train Home, 36" x 65", Oil

"My painting, Last Train Home was a scene that I witnessed in Dijon, France returning from a European Painting trip a few years ago. It was an early sunrise waiting by the train tracks for the last train we were taking to Paris. The Pat Metheney song Last Train Home was in my head the whole time so it was inspired by that. I began painting portraits after learning how to draw them some 20 years ago. I feel the portrait is the ultimate expression into the soul of humanity by capturing the human essence on canvas for all time."
First Place Sculpture
Sponsored by The Artist’s Magazine, Turtlewood Palettes, and Portrait Society
Alicia Ponzio
San Francisco, California
In Recent Days, A Self Portrait, 23" x 10" x 10”, Plaster

"In Recent Days is a self-portrait.  I worked from life, using a 3 way mirror on hinges. The original model was created in water-based clay on a wooden armature, I then cast it in plaster. This is my 3rd self portrait. My last one was called What Was. It  described a period in my life when I was thinking heavily about my past experiences and how they had shaped me, how I had reacted, and coming to terms with them. In 2013, I began In Recent Days, 6 years later, as a response to What WasI've had some difficult experiences since my last portrait, experiences which have helped me grow and ultimately have given me confidence. I find myself now questioning things a little more often, being more realistic about myself, and being more interested in looking outside myself to connect with others."
Second Place
Sponsored by Studio Incamminati, Winsor & Newton, Silver Brush Limited, Fredrix Artists Canvas, M. Graham & Company, Atlantic Papers, Blick, Turtlewood Palettes, and Portrait Society
Jeffrey Hein
Salt Lake City, Utah
Cold, 20" x 16", Oil

"My portrait is of one of my former students. Her face has always inspired me. It is full of emotion as she tends to hold her feelings very close to the surface. The painting is really about color and the juxtaposition of warms and cools. I find color to be a powerful tool for expression. I've always found drawing people more interesting than other subjects. I love the challenge for one but I also love the feeling of bringing a face to life on canvas. It's like magic."
Third Place
Sponsored by Studio Incamminati, Natural Pigments, Turtlewood Palettes, and Portrait Society
Kelly Carmody, Waltham, Massachusetts
Self Portrait, 36" x 65", Oil on canvas

"This painting is a self portrait and was the final piece in a series of standing figures I did for an exhibition at The Art Students League this past fall.  I needed a final subject and I didn't have anyone in mind for the fifth painting. A self portrait seemed to make sense. The first portrait I did in the series was of my old painting teacher (who is still a wonderful teacher and now also a dear friend)  so a self portrait seemed like a good way to round out the series.  I decided to do a profile because I think it made the head a stronger shape and I didn't want it to be about me so much as the shapes that make up a painting."
Fourth Place
Sponsored by RayMar Art, Gamblin Artists Colors, Turtlewood Palettes, and Portrait Society
Aron Belka, New Orleans, Louisiana
Untitled, 60" x 48", Oil on canvas

"The girl in the painting was with her family at a local music festival here in New Orleans.  I had recently been exploring ideas to paint large contemporary portraits, putting special emphasis on the residents of New Orleans, and I knew right away that she would fit into those ideas.  I think her hair inspired me the most…it was easy to imagine it sweeping across a large canvas.   But her candid look was also very significant. Like all artists I am continually seeking out fresh ideas and new information in order to allow my methods plenty of room to evolve and change.  I would say my 'art training' is ongoing."

Fifth Place
Sponsored by Ampersand Art Supply, Turtlewood Palettes, and Portrait Society
TJ Cunningham, Pensacola, Florida
Reluctance, 24 x 48", Oil on linen

"My friend Hanna, the subject of my portrait, and I grew up together. She has always been willing and eager to model, for free, which means that this painting is one of many! This painting began as a small sketch in my backyard last April while Hanna was visiting my wife and me in Florida. The inspiration to turn the study into a large studio piece was multifaceted. I wanted to successfully paint my friend’s profile and also, Hanna’s fair skin looked so striking against the dark foliage that it brought to mind John Sargent’s  portrait of Madame Gautreau. However, it was the mood of the light and her pose that inspired me most. With the line of Frost’s poem in my head “The heart is still aching to seek, but the feet question ‘Whither?’, I named this piece Reluctance.”
First Honor Award
Sponsored by Rosemary Brushes, Turtlewood Palettes, and Portrait Society
Seth Haverkamp, Andersonville, Tennessee
Ponderings, 24" x 36", Oil on board

"The young lady in Ponderings is Cameron.  From the first moments upon meeting her I was struck by her enthusiasm and poise. The pose for this painting came about after I called for a five minute break.  Cameron immediately lowered her head, while the rest of her remained as it was from the previous pose. She stayed this way for many moments. The whole thing struck me as very real.  Physically, she was resting, but mentally it appeared to me as though she was thinking weighty thoughts.  I sat there and watched, as I often do during breaks, waiting for the perfect moment. Art is the only thing I have ever been interested in, I chose portraiture because for me there is just nothing more interesting.  Not only the physical properties of a face but also the intrigue of looking at a finished portrait and wondering about that person.  Who they are? What they are doing or thinking, and why?"
Second Honor Award
Sponsored by Gamblin Artists Colors, Turtlewood Palettes, and Portrait Society
Adam Clague, Liberty, MO
Knitter’s Gift, 30" x 30", Oil on linen

"My model for this painting is a very grown-up 9-year-old from our church. She is an aspiring artist and enjoys being part of the painting process. My wife and I love to paint her because of her sweet personality and her willingness to model.  My initial inspiration was the idea to use the yarn to create a flowing rhythm. Further inspiration came from the temperature variety in the whites, the personality of the model, and the beautiful sunlight streaming through the window that day. People have always been my favorite subjects. My first 'portrait commission' was at age 9, when my grandfather paid me $20 to draw my grandmother. I’ve always enjoyed the challenge of capturing a likeness and I find continual inspiration in the beauty of everyday settings."
Third Honor Award
Sponsored by Signilar Art Videos, Turtlewood Palettes, and Portrait Society
Olga Krimon, Hermosa Beach, California
Ania, 24" x 24”, Oil on linen

"My model is Ania, a nanny for my 2 sons, and practically a member of the family.  Ania has that graceful calm beauty that I wanted to convey.  My idea was to make a composition where the still life was almost as important as the figure itself.  I aimed for an arrangement where every piece had its purpose.  The candlestick repeats the shape of the face, the movement through the arm of the sitter is enhanced through a similar curve of the table, the fingers continue through the book edge.  Ania almost morphs into this table. So it was conceived as a harmonious arrangement that moves the eye around and back into it.  And within it the play of textures was important – the fabric, the skin, the transparency of the wood.  In using an old Georgian candlestick and my family’s old Russian gold-plated cup it made it a nostalgic piece for me.  This is a contemporary girl, but I wanted to make it a timeless piece, to remind me of the Russian paintings I so admired back in childhood.  The best part was that I was able to complete it from life.  It’s a very rewarding experience, and cannot even compare to using photo references."

No comments:

Post a Comment