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.

"Wet Paint" 2021 Show

This show will run September 1-30, 2021. Artists from around the world were called to submit their work. There were 73 accepted entries and they came from 13 different states in the USA, as well as 10 other locations: Belarus, Canada, Hong Kong S.A.R., India, Italy, Poland, Russia, Sweden, Turkey, and Ukraine. A variety of styles and mediums were entered, including but not limited to acrylic, gouache, mixed media, oil 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 Habitat for Humanity. Habitat for Humanity’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. For more information about Habitat for Humanity, please visit their website Colors of Humanity Art Gallery, LLC is not affiliated with Habitat for Humanity. 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.

I am an Irish-Australian artist living in New York City. My artistic journey began when I was a child. All I wanted was to play with any art set I could get my hands on and to spend my time creating. I had a little table in the kitchen, and I would sit there for hours drawing, painting, and exploring different mediums. I watched art shows on TV and tried to follow along with my favorite painters’ instructional DVDs.

I loved studying art in high school and would take any out of school Summer courses I could to learn more. I continued to pursue art at Sallynoggin College’s yearlong portfolio course in Dublin, Ireland. I then moved to Sydney to undertake a Bachelor of Fine Arts at UNSW Art and Design. After completing my degree, I moved to NYC and completed my Master of Fine Arts Degree at Parsons in 2018. I have spent the last few years exhibiting nationally and internationally.

Through painting and sculpture my practice addresses haptic sensations and the representation and embodiment of touch to allude to eroticism. I create a space in which desire, tactility and the digital and real body are in play. I explore mediated corporeality, at turns rendering the body into an abject and sensuous landscape filtered through myriad screens.

I am interested in the pleasure of flesh and the way that pleasure translates into our desire for our communication devices. My work centers on the haptic screen as a surface of relation, desire, and mediation. This series of work stems from my longstanding investigation of painting as a form, which can access deep psychological states while negotiating notions of desire.

I am searching for a new system of pleasure that is both seductive and repulsive. I employ illusionistic oil painting techniques to render abject visceral landscapes on a flat alumnium surface, to mirror the way we receive images on the screen. While there may be representations of touch, there may be nothing to feel.

McCleary has exhibited internationally with her 2020 solo exhibition, titled Borderless, at GALLERY CUBED x Hunter East Harlem Gallery, NYC and previous solo exhibitions including Edging, at Gallery MC, NYC in 2019, Opened 1m Ago and #foreveralone at Palmer Art Projects, Sydney in 2016 and 2015. Her upcoming 2022 Spring solo exhibition will be held at Shelf Gallery, Mexico City. In 2021, McCleary exhibited her works At MANIFEST Gallery, OH, Revelation Gallery, NYC, and at Art Show International, LA. McCleary is currently in the semi-finalist round of the Outwin Boochever Competition at the Smithsonian Museum’s National Portrait Gallery, Washington DC. Her work was awarded “Best in Show” in the 2021 Wet Paint exhibition at Colors of Humanity Art Gallery, PA. McCleary has held a position at the Trestle Artist Residency, Brooklyn, the Art & Law Program, NYC, the Summer Painting Residency at the School of Visual Arts, NYC, and the Vermont Studio Residency for which she received the VSC Merit Grant. In 2020, McCleary was included in The UK Sunday Times article ‘30 under 30: Ireland’s most promising artists.’

Although I work in most of the two dimensional mediums, I chose acrylic on canvas for a new series of work titled Car Show. I had hit a dry spell with my art and could not think of a theme for a new series of work. I ran across some photographs I took at a car show in 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. As I did the drawings for the paintings, I discovered all kinds of little surprises in the reflections that I didn’t 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. The cars are secondary and serve as a vehicle for the reflections.

I began painting in the early 70's as a young adult. My aunt was a professional artist and was my mentor and teacher. Later I taught painting and printmaking part-time at my local college, and I recently retired after owning several art galleries. My acrylic paintings have been published in several books, and my artwork has taken numerous national and international awards. I am a signature member of the International Society of Acrylic Painters, Northwest Watercolor Society, Georgia Watercolor Society and California Watercolor Association. I live in Longview, Washington, and I work full time in my studio.

Second Place

He was born in Sivas/TURKEY in 1981. He graduated from Sivas Cumhuriyet University Fine Arts Faculty Painting Department in 2005. Okan BOYDAŞ, who has many exhibitions and awards both abroad and in Turkey, still Works as a Doctor Lecturer at Sivas Cumhuriyet University, Faculty of Education, Department of Fine Arts Education, Department of Painting Education.

Boydaş, who generally uses the eye symbol, which is an organic structure together with mechanical elements, is interested together with mechanical elements, is interested in fields such as esotericism, mysticism and sufism. Arguing that after the Industrial Revolution, the world became mechanized not only in technology but also in emotions, Boydaş set himself a mission of rebellion against this situation with his Works.

Honorable Mention


"Life is Flowing 1"

(oil on canvas/silver/gold/copper leaf)

by Miguel Barros

"Artists have dreams"

(oil on canvas)

by Marina Berezina


"Through the fog"

(oil on canvas)

by Katsiaryna Parukava


"Child Abuse Victim (The fear last forever)"

(acrylic on canvas)

by Nilanjana Sarma


"Wet Paint" 2021 Show

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