Raymar Art Painting Competition Finalists (7th Annual Competition Month #11 - December 2013)

Select the competition you wish to view:  6th Annual Contest - Final Judging | 6th Annual Competition Month #12 - November 2012 | 6th Annual Competition Month #11 - October 2012 | 6th Annual Competition Month #10 - September 2012 | 6th Annual Competition Month #9 - August 2012 | 6th Annual Competition Month #8- July 2012 | 6th Annual Competition Month #7 - June 2012 | 6th Annual Competition Month #6 - May 2012 | 6th Annual Competition Month #5 -April 2012 | 6th Annual Competition Month #4 - March 2012 | 6th Annual Competition Month #3 - February 2012 | 6th Annual Competition Month #2 - January 2012 | 6th Annual Competition Month #1 - December 2011 | 5th Annual Competition - Final Judging | 5th Annual Competition Month #12- September 2011 | 5th Annual Competition Month #11- August 2011 | 5th Annual Competition Month #10 - July 2011 | 5th Annual Competition Month #9- June 2011 | 5th Annual Competition Month #8 - May 2011 | 5th Annual Competition Month #7- April 2011 | 5th Annual Competition Month #6- March 2011 | 5th Annual Competition Month #5- February 2011 | 5th Annual Competition Month #4- January 2011 | 5th Annual Competition Month #3- December 2010 | 5th Annual Competition Month #2- November 2010 | 5th Annual Competition Month #1- October 2010 | 4th Contest Final Judging Includes Aug 09-July 10 | July 2010 | June 2010 | May 2010 | April 2010 | March 2010 | February 2010 | January 2010 | December 2009 | November 2009 | October 2009 | September 2009 | August 2009 |  

  




   December Best of Show
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: David Kassan

Adam by Thomas Wharton
36 x 36 Oil

Judge's Comments: This is a very unique painting in a lot of different ways, In its composition, abstraction of the real and its representation of the male form. Its also very well painted in both its color and value transitions. He really emerges out of the space. Beautiful! - David Kassan







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: David Kassan

Serene by Susan Ploughe
16 x 12 Oil

Judge's Comments: This is a wonderful study in aging. You can really feel the life that this woman has lived. I especially love the beautiful accents of purple in the shadows. - David Kassan







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: David Kassan

Rana Esculenta by Todd Casey
15 x 20 Oil

Judge's Comments: I'm usually not a big fan of still life, but this painting has it all- great design, depth, color tone, unity and narrative. Also makes me want to try some french fried frog legs. - David Kassan







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: David Kassan

Cultivating Dreams by Jason Jackson
20 x 24 Oil

Judge's Comments: This painting is so playful that you lose sight of how well its painted. I love the unique use of the coloring book page as a "real" background and the personification of the sock monkey. - David Kassan







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: David Kassan

Sheepmeadow by Daniel Schwartz
50 inches x 60 inches Oil

Judge's Comments: I love this painting for its depiction of a slice of life as well as for its picture language. The way in which the shapes' values and connections are designed is beautiful. - David Kassan







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: David Kassan

Hesitant by Dominic Avant
30" x 40" Oil

Judge's Comments: This painting evokes one of those moments of childhood courage. It is framed up as if it was a play, the branches on each side of the composition help to move our eye in towards the main subjects that are each radiating ripples of water. There is a beautiful representation of the color, translucency and movement of water. - David Kassan







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: David Kassan

"The Flying Saucer" by James Tennison
36" x 27" Oil

Judge's Comments: I love the modern design of this composition, as well its representation of the old and the new. An old establishment amongst a city of skyscrapers. I see this all of the time here in NYC. The color and composition also invokes Johannes Vermeer's The Little Street, as well as the loneliness of Edward Hopper's Sunday Morning. - David Kassan







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: David Kassan

Crossroads by Jason Sacran
16 x 12 Oil

Judge's Comments: This painting speaks of honesty and is a humble representation of something that most people would just drive by all of the time without notice. It's that this street corner is engrained unconsciously in most people's memory and it is this universality, that make it so powerful. This could be in any rural area of America and that speaks to us. - David Kassan







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: David Kassan

Dead Ringer by Jon B Paulsen
18 in x 16.10 in Oil

Judge's Comments: When I see representation work, my brain tends to shift to the abstract formalistic elements of a composition first. Just the flat shapes and how they interlock first. This painting has a lovely composition, the center line of the picture flows right along the figure's facial contour and the lights and darks are very well balanced. There is also a beautiful color harmony from the reflection to the halftone/darks of the hair to the dress. - David Kassan







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: David Kassan

Thriae by Osiris Rain
- x - Oil

Judge's Comments: I love the iconic presence of this painting as well as the well designed composition. The use of the gold leaf to connect the figure to the background is awesome. I also love the representation of the woman in this, there is a sense of confidence. Which of the three Triae is she though?? Melaina, Kleodora or Daphnis? - David Kassan







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: David Kassan

partners in crime by William Wray
32 x 24 Oil

Judge's Comments: This painting is awesome. It has an offbeat contemporary subject in such a well designed tactile space. The formalistic shapes of light and dark give us a sense of depth abstractly. - David Kassan







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: David Kassan

Milan by Gregory Mortenson
14 inches x 14 inches Oil

Judge's Comments: I love the intensity of the model that the artist captured in this painting. Those eyes are great! Also the different variation in surface texture is very well handled, the tactile strength really fortifies the emotion of the model, as does the subtle temperature shifts in the skin tones, and the different edge variations. Strong work! - David Kassan