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.

"Blue" 2021 Show

This show will run December 1-31, 2021. Artists from around the world were called to submit their work. There were 132 accepted entries and they came from 14 different states in the USA, as well as 16 other locations: Belarus, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Turkey, and Ukraine. A variety of styles and mediums were entered, including but not limited to acrylic, collage, colored pencil, digital, fabric, gouache, ink, mixed media, oil, pastel, photography, 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, as well as relating to the theme, 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 the entry fees from this show to Natural High. They are a nonprofit drug prevention program inspiring and helping youth to discover and pursue their natural high instead of an artificial high. For more information about them, please visit http://naturalhigh.org/. Colors of Humanity Art Gallery, LLC is not affiliated with Natural High. 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.


Best of Show


In 1964 I was 16 years old and I wanted to be an artist. Willem de Kooning was my art hero but I couldn’t afford art school and I probably just didn’t know what I wanted to do. 40 years later, I retired from the best job I ever had to become a full-time artist.

I have always tried to make a difference - to be part of a larger conversation and so today the essence of my art is the exploration of fundamental issues of our time. And in particular, I now focus on addiction and stigma with its victims, witnesses and survivors. My sister died of an opioid overdose eight years ago.

My portraits start with an ambiguous expression, shared gaze and uncertain context calculated to provoke you into creating the narrative. I begin with a live model and then work from reference photographs. I suggest certain features and realistically detail others. I use a limited pallet of acrylic paint along with metallic and iridescent colors that produce changing patterns with changes in lighting and view angle. Working freely, I drip, brush, pour, scrub and scrape paint while applying a variety of lines, dots and other adjustments.

I have fun experimenting with my methods and today that is all about technology and so I now combine traditional paint on canvas with digital technology. Laine 6a is an example of this.

I take high-resolution images of my own large-scale unfinished paintings, in-process work, and/or original digital drawings and I continue to work on them on my iPad where I add a range of

enhancements which may include various marks, masks, graphic overlays, animation and sound to the base image which I then reproduce as an individual image, GIF or video. They are prepared for HD display on TV monitors, as on-line presentations or as projections as large as 40 feet or more. I also produce high-quality images printed on metallic paper bonded to aluminum composite panels.

In the end it is the emotional response that I am most concerned with and hopefully my use of technology will help take this art to a new and more impactful level.



I began painting in my late twenties. I was not a natural born artist with tons of talent. I researched, studied and struggled for a number of years. I began my art journey painting in oils, but switched to acrylics when they were brand new as a painting medium. There was a lot to learn about this new painting medium. Later I learned to watercolor by studying books and adapting skills I learned when silk-screening. I have worked in all the printmaking and painting mediums, designed software for embroidery machines, and created wearable art fashions from felting.

This year I have been working on a series of acrylics, called Car Show. "Blue Ford Pickup" is the 17th painting in this series. The cars are a welcome change from the figurative paintings I normally do. 

I had hit a dry spell with my art which happens occasionally. It is when I have run out of ideas to paint. I ran across some photographs I took at a car show in 2011 or 2012, and there it was, that old excitement about painting again! Creativity changes with time, and although the photographs did not appeal to me when I took them, they were perfect for what I was looking for now. The cars are simply vehicles for what is happening on their surface. This series is all about reflections, and more recently, I have become fascinated with the motors. As I did the drawings for the paintings, I discovered all kinds of little surprises in the reflections that I did not notice at first glance. I hope the viewer is drawn in to take a closer look at all the smaller elements and my discoveries as I created these.



I was born in Moscow in 1980.

I was graduated from Russian State Trade Economy University.

My creative activities have begun from arts and crafts (glass and ceramics painting). Gradually my own style was formed where every detail was important and I was drawn into the world of sophisticated forms by those details where everything is meaningful: content and techniques of execution.

Passion for oil painting has appeared to be a sudden surprise for myself.

My grand-mother’s (who used to be a painter and graphic artist) box of oil paint having been collected dust on a shelf had finally focused my eye and I was prisoned by that magic scent of oil paint and an ocean of something unknown but exciting.

I try myself in different styles and genres: still-life, portraits, storyline arts are very interesting to me, but decorative style is more typical in my works and it keeps up with the times from decorative art’s passion. Bright palette gives out a character and desire to embellish the reality.

Ability to create something by your own hands is a great happiness!

The main need for me as a creative person is to be able to speak up and to be heard. I am trying to reproduce an implication of ideas and energy, emotions and spirits.

It seems amazing that imaginary objects and storylines I can make tangible, just need to listen to my inner voice.

It’s like an experiment: can I materialize a phantasy? This is the most exciting journey into the depths of my own world which gives not only satisfaction from creation process, complicated with its searches, doubts, gaps of knowledges and skills but also satisfaction with the result.

Paining for me is powerful emotion, desire to discover unknown, source of relief and salvation of the heart and striving to feel the freedom.

I have been participating in Russian and international exhibitions since 2018 (Russia, France, Netherlands, Greece, Belgium). My arts are with private collections.

Publications in annual catalogues “Art of Russia”.

Member of International Arts Fund.


Honorable Mention


Noteworthy

"New-York mood"

(oil on canvas)

by Luiza Albastova

soppy@bk.ru

$1500

"Assos, Greece"

(colored pencil)

by Caryn Coville

http://www.caryncoville.com

NFS

"Inception"

(acrylic on canvas)

by Elena Morgun Trish

http://trishart.ru

$8000

"Arrogance"

(digital painting)

by ANTON NOZDRIN

smolart@internet.ru

"Shanti"

(oil on canvas)

by Ellen Sears

https://www.kesart.com/

"Double Exposure"

(acrylic on canvas)

by Rachel Yamnitz

https://rachelyamnitz.wixsite.com/website-2

NFS


"Blue" 2021 Show

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