RayMar Art Painting Competition 2014-2015 8th Annual Competition Winners




   

$10,000 Grand Prize Winner
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Daniel Gerhartz

Siesta, 30 x 42, by Suchitra Bhosle

Juror of Awards Comments:  

I chose Suchitra Bhosle’s “Siesta” as the grand prize for its striking design and its convincing portrayal of light.  Having worked extensively with the figure en plein air, I understand the difficulty in achieving a successful end with a work of this scope.  She has most accurately conveyed tonal verity so necessary in creating an atmosphere of light.  Beautifully done. - Daniel Gerhartz

Monthly Judge's Comments (April 2014):  This painting is the complete package! The drawing, design, values, color temperature, and edge treatment are all right on the money. The model’s left foot extending beyond the picture plane adds to the sense of veracity. The artist has taken a page from the Impressionists who cropped some images to show that the scene continued past the frame. This piece must have been done from life; it reads as light and air, not mere paint! William Schneider

 





   

$5,000 Second Place Winner
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Daniel Gerhartz

Champagne Breakfast, 37.4 x 43.3 Oil, by Nick Alm

Juror of Awards Comments:  Mr. Alm’s work “Champagne Breakfast” is a masterful design and carries an evocative, mysterious feel.  His ability to move the viewer’s eye around the canvas in an unpredictable fashion caught my attention, as did his impeccable control of value. Nicely Done. - Daniel Gerhartz


Monthly Judge's Comments (March 2015)I love this painting. I love the fact that it is a celebration of contradictions. The light feels warm and upbeat, yet the characters seem to have long faces. Beautifully rendered and terrific values and color. - George Gallo




 

   

$2,500 Third Place Winner
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Daniel Gerhartz

Aries, 60" x 90" Oil , by Daniel Bilmes

Juror of Awards Comments: Daniel’s striking design and monolithic positioning of this triptych provide the power I believe the artist fully intended to convey. The tonal quality of light and color also add to the timeless strength. - Daniel Gerhartz 

Monthly Judge's Comments (September 2014)I found Daniel’s painting to be particularly appealing for several reasons: When judging the basics (drawing, values, color, edges, composition), it meets my expectations, and tells of an artist with advanced painting skills. The overall mood created in the painting, and the artist’s use of design and expertly controlled value patterns, mixed with a variety of textures and technique, creates an interest that goes beyond first impressions of what might have been the actual scene (a taxidermic ram on display at a museum of natural history perhaps?). Depicting wildlife in art has been of special interest to me as of late, and I find this piece to be very inspiring! - Daniel Keys



   

$1,000 Award Winner
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Daniel Gerhartz

Nostalgia, 24" x -" Oil, by Dean Buhler

Juror of Awards Comments:  

Nostalgia was chosen for its technical control and emotional impact.   I can feel the tension and can’t help but wonder what this woman is thinking or going through. 

A fresh, yet highly controlled handling, brings great power to this work. - Daniel Gerhartz



Monthly Judge's Comments (May 2014):  This is a powerful and emotional painting. For the viewer, it evokes countless thoughts about nostalgia, and there is something almost haunting about it. If you begin to feel overcome by the mood, you can pause and take refuge in the delicately painted strap of fabric over her shoulder. - Abbey Ryan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

$1,000 Award Winner
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Daniel Gerhartz

A Sunburnt Country 70cm x 60cm Oil, by John McCartin

Juror of Awards Comments:  Mr McCartin’s mastery of light, form, and edges bring great strength and beauty to his work.  “A Sunburnt Country” carries a nicely organized design amidst the chaos of form and light and shadow.  Beautifully conveyed! Daniel Gerhartz

Monthly Judge's Comments (January 2015):   What difficult subject matter and John handled it so well. Wonderful observation on the upper branches of the tree, and a lively pattern of the sky coming through those branches without getting too distracting. You can feel the heat on the summer day. The textural quality of the paint makes the surface feel even more dimensional. The cows are just the right touch to add scale. A beautiful homage to a tree. - Kathleen Dunphy


 

   

$1,000 Award Winner
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Daniel Gerhartz

Old, 50cm x 40cm Oil, by Miki Foldi

Juror of Awards Comments:  

“Old” by Miki Foldi conveys a tremendous sense of light even though rendered in monochrome.  The joy and character shine through in this nicely designed work crafted with very accurate values and edges. - Daniel Gerhartz

Monthly Judge's Comments (January 2015)I kept coming back to this painting – expression on the old man's face is so poignant and touchingly conveyed. Unique use of the medium made all the more effective by the absence of strong color. Miki created a skilled rendering and a soulful painting. - Kathleen Dunphy



 

   

$1,000 Award Winner
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Daniel Gerhartz

Backed into a Damn Corner, 16" x 20"  Oil, by David Cheifetz

Juror of Awards Comments:  

This still life caught my eye for its brilliant combination of techniques ranging from realistic to surreal to tonal.   The whimsy of this interrogation of teakettles begs for an explanation. :) - Daniel Gerhartz

Monthly Judge's Comments (October 2014):  This painting gets points on originality. It's a story that each viewer can make up on their own. My version is that there are people that don't know how beautiful they are or haven't reached their potential. They are looking on to another person that has realized how beautiful they are and they decided to shine and show the world that all it takes is a little courage to step into the light and let your light shine. Besides a great story, it's painted really well. - Elizabeth Robbins


 

   

$1,000 Award Winner
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Daniel Gerhartz

The Fall, 16" x 20" Oil, by Stephanie Deshpande

Juror of Awards Comments:  

The dramatic, unpredictable portrayal of this characteristically sweet subject caught my eye as the unexpected cropping and chiaroscuro lighting add to the mystery.  Well-done Stephanie!  - Daniel Gerhartz 

Monthly Judge's Comments (June 2014):  What can I say about the big winner other than I love it! It tells a story and I really like how the composition keeps your eye in the painting. The mood is great and it's beautifully drawn. What's not to like? Great job Stephanie! - Scott Prior

 

 

   

$1,000 Award Winner
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Daniel Gerhartz

I've Had a Good Life, 20" x 30" Oil, by Tony Pro

Juror of Awards Comments:  Tony captured beautifully the palpable yearning in this man’s eyes.   Just as the free spirited cowboy is trapped in this room, so are his thoughts of youthful explorations held captive in his now aging body and mind.  Exquisite! - Daniel Gerhartz

Monthly Judge's Comments (March 2015)A beautiful, quiet, reflective moment. I love the fact that the main subject is sitting so far to the right of the piece, creating a great deal of negative space, allowing the viewer to dream along with the subject. Great use of warms and cools. - George Gallo

 

   

$1,000 Award Winner
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Daniel Gerhartz

Seated Figure, 10.5" x 10.5" Oil, by Robert Lemler

Juror of Awards CommentsRobert has mastered the art of economy in this work.  His simplicity of tone and brushwork rivals that of the great European and Russian masters.  Excellent! - Daniel Gerhartz

Monthly Judge's Comments (April 2014):  Obviously painted from life, this piece has great brevity and immediacy of expression. The directness of the paint application reminds me of Sorolla, one of my all-time favorites! Strong sense of light. - William Schneider

 

 

   

$1,000 Award Winner
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Daniel Gerhartz

Roses and Lilies, 11" x 24" Oil, by Daniel Keys

Juror of Awards CommentsDaniel’s ability to organize a strong simple design amidst a plethora of intricate shapes and objects earns him this award.  One can feel the light descending through the petals, creating a luminous glow both in light and shadow. Superior work! - Daniel Gerhartz

Monthly Judge's Comments (October 2014):  As a rose painter myself, this painting just sings. The rhythm of the flowers just takes us through the painting so beautifully. The Shadows have very little information so that the lights sing to us. Just breathtaking! - Elizabeth Robbins

 

   

$1,000 Award Winner
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Daniel Gerhartz

Summer Creek, 14" x -" Oil, by Matthew Cutter

Juror of Awards CommentsMatthew’s rendition of the moist humid air captured my eye in this piece.  His sensitivity to tone and value enabled him to most convincingly capture the atmosphere of the day. His paint handling, while very textural, reads like light and air and not opaque paint. Beautifully done. - Daniel Gerhartz

Monthly Judge's Comments (March 2015)This is a terrific painting. A great sense of atmosphere and beautifully drawn. The values are all close which creates a terrific sense of mystery. I can feel the stillness in the air. - George Gallo