The art that is created today is how this time period will be viewed tomorrow. We want to make a difference in the lives of artists as well as a positive change in the world.

"Animals" 2020 Show

This show will run November 1-30, 2020. Artists from around the world were called to submit their work. There were 119 accepted entries and they came from 16 different states in the USA, as well as 13 other locations: Australia, Azerbaijan, Canada, China, Denmark, Germany, India, Latvia, Poland, Russia, Spain, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom. A variety of styles and mediums were entered, including but not limited to acrylic, body paint, charcoal, colored pencil, conte, digital, encaustic, gouache, graphite, ink, mixed media, oil, pastel, photography, scratchboard, silkscreen, and watercolor. The judging criterion was originality, interpretation, quality, demonstration of ability, and usage of medium. Other factors, such as the clarity of the images provided and their ability to be viewed online, also contributed to our decision. “Best of Show”, “First Place”, and “Second Place” winners received a monetary award in addition to special recognition.


We were very happy to donate 10% of all entry fees from this show to the Bedford County Humane Society, located in Bedford, PA, USA. For more information about BCHS please visit their website. http://www.bchsonline.org/ Colors of Humanity Art Gallery, LLC is not affiliated with the BCHS. It is our hope that this small act of kindness will blossom and grow to help someone else.


Thank you to all the artists who participated! Your talents and skills gave us a diverse body of work to create this attractive show.


Buyers- Please contact the artists directly for sales. Colors of Humanity Art Gallery does not handle any part of the sale or collect any commission, it is solely between the buyer and artist. You may find a link to the artist’s website or email address below their work.



Don Bergland is an artist who works in a style he calls, "theatrical surrealism." His images contain figures, sets, and objects which are assembled into stage scenarios that voice themes such as memory, childhood, mortality, and consciousness. His works seek to erase the barrier between time and eternity, solidifying psychological revelations into fixed dramas, frozen in time, and offered to the viewer as sideshow posters, advertising yet another oddity in the flow of existence.

"Temptation" is one of those theatrical images that completely embraces the philosophy and mechanics of his aesthetic approach. Here, we can see a strange figure interacting with a set of ordinary objects. The contrast between the two immediately sets up a tension within which we can apprehend the drama of intense desire that occurs on this performance stage. The animal is prehistoric and predatory in its singular focus on its own primal urges, having lost all identity except that which is needed to fulfill its own appetite. The objects of desire, six small cakes, are balanced precariously atop a circus platform, a pedestal of abundance, offering a teasing temptation to the arrested desire expressed by the animal. But as we look into the scene, we can sense that this existential union will never occur. Like a mechanical toy in a world of machine-box precision, this animal is precisely posed and destined to remain fixed for eternity in its arrested passion. Of course, the tensions expressed in this image are metaphorical and have a wide range of interpretive directions which each viewer will hopefully embrace and shape into a personal and psychological revelation.

In presenting such visions of oddity, Don openly offers the viewer a chance at psychological gameplay. His strangely dramatic images are uniquely unsettling in their theatrical presentations. He explains that "people who relate to my work are not afraid of uncomfortable melancholy and dark reflection. They are not afraid to push the imagination into its darkest corners." He describes his technique as that of a theatre director carefully assembling characters, objects, and sets through creative experimentation and invention. When the voices have been rehearsed and perfected, the curtain opens and the image is revealed.

Don has worked as a visual artist his entire life. His childhood was dominated with the desire to paint and create images. In his early years, he worked as a commercial artist, cartoonist, department store display designer, and art gallery owner, before finally entering the professional exhibiting circuit in the late 1960s. He completed a B.A. in Classical Art and Architecture before finishing an M.A. and Ph.D in Visual and Performing Arts at the University of BC. He attained a university faculty position and spent 30 years as a Professor of Digital Art at the University of Victoria in BC, Canada. There, he developed a world-class studio research program in digital visual arts.

In over fifty years of studio practice, Don has worked through a variety of professional media, from oil on canvas to his current studio use of digital tools and techniques. He currently maintains an active international exhibiting career and has featured his artwork in over 200 major exhibitions throughout the world. He has won over 90 creative & professional awards for his work which is represented in major corporate and private collections such as the Gulf Oil Corporate Collection (Alberta), the Madrona Centre Permanent Collection (B.C.), the Canadian Utilities Corporate Collection (Alberta), the Timothy Eaton Foundation Collection (Canada), the Chevron Standard Corporate Collection (Alberta), as well as in private collections in Canada, the United States, and Europe. He has published eight books dealing with art and creative activity, as well as published dozens of articles in scholarly and academic journals. His current studio focus is in using 3D modeling environments to create surrealistic imagery for international exhibitions. He currently lives and works in Victoria, BC, Canada.

Don is now preparing for an important major international solo invitational exhibition to be held in Spain in 2021. This invitation comes from the Contemporary Art Center (Centro de Arte Contemporáneo CAC) in Málaga, Spain. The CAC is considered one of the most important contemporary art facilities in Europe, having hosted exhibitions by noted artists such as Damien Hirst, Gerhard Richter, Mark Ryden, Louise Bourgeois, Paul McCartney, Alex Katz, Miquel Barceló, Jack Pierson, Thomas Hirschhorn, Neo Rauch, and many more. His solo exhibition will be called, "Hall of Charms" (Salón de Encantos) and is scheduled to run at the CAC from June 11 to September 11, 2021. The show will feature the best work selected from his surrealist style. The gallery space he has been allotted is very large and he has much work in front of him to get this exhibition prepared for the deadline. Although the exhibition is about eight months away, his studio is now filled with experimental framing templates, stretched canvases, and shipping crates. He is hoping that this major exhibition will provide a positive introduction to his work for European audiences.

Further information about Don and his work can be found at:

- Online Portfolio - http://www.donbergland.com/

- Facebook Studio - https://www.facebook.com/don.bergland.9

- Surrealist Channel - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3r0xJmm7PmndVnAyx12gTQ

- Expressions - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7KN8xTgzSv92VT9LdSoqWw



I was Born and raised in Northern New Jersey although South Florida has been my backyard for twenty years. Hard to believe this ‘Jersey-girl’ who loved going into NYC has a studio overlooking the everglades. It’s really easy to get use to a nice, warm climate.

Having grown up in the suburbs of the Metropolitan area, our home was in close proximity to several amazing museums. As a child, I loved family day trips to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Frick and The Museum of Natural History for the animals. I was probably always the first one in the house dressed and ready to leave. I couldn’t get enough of culture and was constantly researching artists and taking art classes.

I am blessed to come from a family rich in artistic history. My family dates back five generations of artists to Northern Italy. My Mother, a floral watercolorist and my Father, an equine artist greatly influenced me. I am grateful to my parents who instilled this wonderful world of art in me. Portraiture has always been my first love and with my family’s background, it came natural to add wildlife.

Over time, my artwork has evolved to a more meaningful, narrative story. My subject matter is portraits, figurative and wildlife art. My style is representational realism and the mediums I work in are oil, graphite and charcoal. I am moved by the beauty I see in humanity and the majestic creatures that roam the earth. This is what I like to capture with my art.

The inspiration to paint “Ewe & Me” came from my maternal love of my own children. The love between a mother and her baby is universal. I love the way this lamb is nestled so close to its Mother and she is protecting her baby. The bond is undeniable. The final touch was to name this painting. When searching for the right one, I asked my Mother and she named the painting “Ewe & Me.” It couldn’t be more perfect.

I warmly invite you to visit my website and sign up for my newsletter to see my latest paintings and exhibitions.

www.lisabottolee.com

https://www.instagram.com/lisabottolee/?hl=en



Since rediscovering my love for drawing in recent years, I see objects around me in a different way.  I love the way shades of light affect the appearance of a simple subject and make it look more interesting, more dramatic, and often more beautiful. Putting a pencil to paper and recreating a realistic image is an exciting and magical process for me, which I try to convey through my work.

When choosing a subject, I think about the things I find appealing and want to explore more closely. Animals, and horses in particular, are a prominent subject in my drawings. I’m attracted not only to their strength, but to the sensitivity in their eyes, as well. While working, I strive to create an image that is realistic, paying close attention to the details and shading, but also using my creativity and emotions to add life and a sense of movement. I am primarily a self-taught artist, but have studied portrait drawing under a prominent artist for the past 10 years.

“Light” is a drawing I’m very proud of. It combines the use of light and dark, the addition of color, and a tender look in the horse’s eye.

https://www.carolgromerfineart.com

https://www.instagram.com/carolgromerfineart


Honorable Mention


Noteworthy

"Bashful"

(photography)

by Shawna Hinkel

http://www.wanderlustfineartistry.com

$350

"atlantis"

(acrylic gold leaf resin)

by Les Jusino

http://instagram.com/lesartstudio

$33,300

"Trapped and trapped No.1"

(oil on linen)

by Yuanlan Luan

747845417@qq.com

$3000

"Be a cat, be a dog, not a lover" (oil on linen) by Shujun Yu

"Be a cat, be a dog, not a lover"

(oil on linen)

by Shujun Yu

825764312@qq.com

$800


"Animals" 2020 Show

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