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CityScapes 2015 – Overall Category

Cityscapes 2015 Online Art Exhibition –

The Overall Winning Artists Category consists of the 10 Best Entries received from the 2 media categories of the Painting & Other Category and the Photography & Digital Category.

The winning artists will now be featured on the Light Space & Time website for the month of April 2015 and thereafter, the artworks and links to the artist’s websites will remain online in the Light Space & Time Archives.

Congratulations to our artists who made our 5th Annual “CityScapes” Art Exhibition so successful this month. At any time, we invite our winners and other interested visitors to link their websites to the Gallery’s Archive section for further ongoing promotion.

The Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery will have digital “CityScapes” Award Certificates, Event Postcard, Event Catalogue and Press Releases sent to the winning artists within the next week or so. Thank you to all of the artists who participated and for being a part of the gallery. To return to the CityScapes Home Page here.

1st Place – Winston Rockwell – “Seattle Nocturne”

Winston Rockwell has been involved in photography since the early 1980’s, when he purchased his first “serious” camera, a Pentax ME Super 35mm SLR.

Winston is a lifelong resident of the Pacific Northwest, and he currently lives in the Puget Sound region of Washington State. This area is rich with opportunities (in spite of the gloomy, rainy weather for half the year!), and offers an outdoor photographer a wide variety of environments. Within three or four hours’ drive from his home, he can be at the seashore, surrounded by sagebrush or rolling farmlands, in a rain forest, or high in the mountains.

He finds the beauty and variety of nature far more appealing than man-made subjects, and he loves to spend his free time capturing that sort of beauty with his photography.

Winston prefers natural subjects for his work – landscapes, seascapes, streams and wildlife. He states this about his photography, “I strive to capture the beauty and variety of nature in images that encourage an emotional response to the world around us, whether it’s the tranquility of a gentle stream, the awe-inspiring grandeur of a majestic alpine vista, or simply a renewed appreciation for the beauty of an everyday object.”

His images have appeared in newspapers and magazines, a calendar published by a local botanical garden, and on postcards and motivational posters.  Winston was honored to have one of his photos printed in Nat’l Geographic Magazine. www.northwestnaturalimagery.com

2nd Place – Eva Csanyi-Hurskin“Grand Street, New York, NY”

Australia-born Eva Csanyi-Hurskin works from her Atlanta, GA, studio to create photorealist paintings and drawings of wildlife, people and cityscapes. Mostly self-taught, Eva earned her BA in Fine Art at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.  Her work is in many exhibitions, sales, private collections and commissions in USA, Australia and Europe.

She is currently exhibiting at Marlene Yu, Rainforest Art Foundation in Shreveport, Louisiana USA

Eva states the following about here art, “My graphite pencil drawings form part of my ‘Living City Project’ – a visual documentation of raw and honest city/street scenes, focusing on NYC, Philadelphia, Atlanta and now, New Orleans. I reference my work using photographs which I shot, myself and my work represents “snapshots” of the ordinary, the mundane, the unseen and elevates them to new levels of significance – where the ordinary become extraordinary!”

Eva continues her thoughts, “During the process, I develop an intimacy with my subjects and grant them new status – giving the viewer a very different and new perspective on everyday things, events and people that are mostly overlooked and hidden in plain view. The unsightly become beautiful, the unheard are given a voice and, the invisible, the unremarkable, the discarded – all become a focal point, taking center stage! Most importantly, I treat my subjects with respect, dignity and compassion!” www.evacsanyihurskin.com

3rd Place – Andrea Placer – “City Patterns – Shadows”

Andrea Placer is an award-winning artist whose preferred medium is drawing with graphite and colored pencils. Andrea’s colored pencil drawings have been published in CP Treasures, (Vol. II, and III), Colored Pencil Masterworks from Around the Globe, CP Hidden Treasures, Brimming with Colored Pencil Gems, 2013, and have been favorably mentioned in Gallery & Studio Magazine.

Andrea uses realism and detail to communicate the beauty of landscapes, objects in nature, and a variety of subjects that she finds inspiring. These subjects are united in their attraction by interesting textures, dramatic lighting, shapes and patterns, and/or a mood that conveys universal feelings.

Essentially self-taught, Andrea has taken classes at local schools and museums, has attended drawing classes with Jerry Winick and Paula Madawick, and colored pencil workshops with Kristy Kutch, Betsy Holster, Arlene Steinberg, Elliott Everson and Linda Lucas Hardy, and Gemma Gylling.

Her drawings have been juried into numerous International and National exhibitions, including the CPSA International, Richeson75, Pencil Art Society of Canada (PAS), CLWAC Open Exhibition, AAPL Grand National, Audubon Artists, CPSA Explore This!, among others.

She is a Signature Member of the Colored Pencil Society of America (CPSA), an elected member of the Salmagundi Club, NYC, and the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, and the Pencil Art Society of Canada (PAS). She is represented by the Piermont Fine Arts Gallery, Piermont, NY.  www.andreaplacer.com

4th Place – Kuki Walsch – “Another Faces”

Photography is not only Kuki’s passion but her vocation as well. Beside the figurative depiction of objects and the immediate snapshots of surroundings or landscapes shaped by light- and atmospheric conditions, photography for her means transforming objective reality into her imaginary dream world!

Her contemplation of nature and landscape is this of seeing living individuals, feeling their aura and essence, their basics. Light, weather & wind influence and affect her personal mood and the atmosphere of her surrounding, likewise in nature or city. Her images evolve from her mind before being transformed into photographs with the means of her camera.

Intuitively her perception is similar to the one of the former impressionistic and/or expressionistic painters. The selective use of intentional contingency during the composition of the view frame and the use of blurring are stylistic devices for interpreting her subjective perception artistically.

Beside rhythm and dynamics, light & shadows, motion & standstill she searches for the levels behind the seen reality and her personal interpretation. She fetches the unconscious feelings and moods and set them painterly in stage by the use of her camera tools or digital post processing.  It is up to her visitors to apply their personal viewpoints & dreams into her painterly photographs when looking at them.  www.fotoworx.at/#/content/start

5th Place – Karen Watson – “Cityscape I”

Karen Watson is the founder of Infusion Arts, LLC, and is committed to producing original and unique mixed media acrylic paintings that often incorporate collage, photography and found objects.

Karen is member of and has an ongoing exhibit at Arts in the Village Gallery in Leesburg, Virginia. She also participates in regional and local juried and non-juried shows and events, most recently at the MPAartfest in McLean, Virginia, Painting the Music live performance at the Village at Leesburg, and a solo Featured Artist Exhibit at Arts in the Village Gallery. She was also featured in the article “Mementos,” published in the September, 2014, issue of élan Magazine, a regional magazine showcasing local artists and performers.

Karen’s creativity is sparked by the beauty of textural surfaces and imperfect specimens that convey a sense of history and time passing. These observations reveal interesting patinas and patterns, evidence that age and endurance in fact produce beauty. Karen is a collector at heart, a gatherer of both artifacts and memories. “My mind is usually searching for the answer to the question, how can I add my voice to this beauty, and exhibit both in a way that moves other people in the same way that I’ve been moved?”

While often inspired by nature, Karen is also energized by man-made beauty in architecture, the significance of historical artifacts and ruins, and the symbolism found in many cultures as evidenced in their maps, writing, and design.

Karen’s recent work includes canvas and wood panels in colors and textures that support and amplify the natural elegance of selected artifacts housed in small niches. Using a range of materials, she strives to create a revered space for collected items, both those from nature such as shells, minerals, fossils, and man-made ones such as icons, game pieces, or personal belongings. Likewise, her abstract canvases convey her interpretation of a city skyline, an ocean view and other settings, relying heavily on texture and color to convey her feelings and memory of the place, to preserve it, and share it.

Karen is currently the Board of Directors Secretary of the Loudoun Arts Council in Loudoun County, Virginia. www.infusionarts.com

6th Place – Peter Alessandria – “Verrazano Twilight”

Peter Alessandria was born and raised in New York City and Long Island. After attending law school, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career as an attorney in the entertainment industry. Today he is a commercial and fine art photographer based in New Jersey.

As a fine art photographer, Peter has created numerous collections of landscape, seascape, cityscape and still life images. Over the past few years, he has had eleven (11) solo exhibitions of his work, and has been featured in numerous group art shows and exhibitions. His photos have garnered popular and critical acclaim – he has won seven (7) awards for his fine art photos in the past three years. He has been a Featured Artist on the Artsy Shark newsfeed and his work has been the subject of several newspaper, radio and television interviews.

As a photographer and videographer Peter’s intent is simple: create compelling images that appeal to his own sense of beauty and aesthetics. If others appreciate his work, that’s great. But he has learned to create primarily for himself and allow the work to attract those who are in alignment with it.

Today Peter identifies as an artist. His photos are his own unique interpretation of reality. The digital file from his camera is a jumping off point; it is the gateway for him to embark on his own unique take on the world.

Peter’s vision going forward is to continue to hone his skills as a photographer while being of service to his clients in the commercial and fine art arenas. He also hopes to inspire and educate others interested in photography through his classes and workshops. www.peteralessandriaphotography.com

7th Place – April Rimpo – “Morning in NYC”

April M. Rimpo’s subject matter generally captures glimpses of her travels within the U.S. and abroad. Cityscapes and figures portraying everyday occurrences are common in April’s work, allowing her to bring some of the culture and stories about the people to her viewers.

April continued with pencil drawing and oil for many years before eventually discovering watercolor. Today April paints exclusively in watercolor and fluid acrylics. April had a roommate in college who used acrylic and achieved beautiful results, but April never enjoyed using acrylic herself until she tried fluid acrylics. Now April uses fluid acrylic in conjunction with her watercolor and loves them.

April feels strongly it is important to use a technique that enhances the painting and not to use techniques for technique sake. If it won’t improve the painting or if it conflicts with the overall feel she is trying to achieve then she doesn’t use the technique. For example, in April’s city-scapes the repetition of patterns in the city is generally the focus. Hard edged shapes are important, so April uses more controlled techniques to keep the edges crisp, but still uses wet-into-wet blending within shapes to achieve color variety. Very wet runs are generally not found in April’s cityscapes.

Color may be the most important design element to April. She often uses color to help set a mood and to provide an interesting design that attract viewers and encourages them to take their time exploring the painting. She looks for the same strength of color in watercolor as she achieved with oil, while maintaining the translucence that only watercolor and fluid acrylics permit. April hopes her color, texture, and design create excitement for the viewer, and that the content lets the story take over.

In 2012 April decided it was time to enter national exhibits and is proud that several paintings have been accepted each year. April current has paintings in three national exhibits and is about to ship to a fourth.  www.AMRart.org

8th Place – Bente Andermahr – “No. 1 King William”

Bente Andermahr is an Australian photographic artist, specializing in architecture, industrial and urban photography. Danish born, Bente is based in Adelaide, South Australia, where she devotes her time to artistic expression through her photography, and to establishing herself as a corporate, architectural photographer.

Originally trained as an art teacher at the South Australian School of Art and Western Teachers College, she has recently expanded her qualifications in Visual Communication (Graphic Design) and Photo Imaging into a Graduate Diploma in Visual Art and Design (Photography).

Bente’s current body of work reflects upon her exploration of the abstract form, sourced from representational beginnings, and re-interpreted through distortion, formalism, process and materiality of digital photography.

She states that through her work, she is seeking a spiritual connection with the Japanese concepts of Wabi-Sabi: incompletion, imperfection and transience.

She explains “These three concepts focus primarily on nature, and its imperfect, unpredictable, organic form that is asymmetrical and independent of man’s control. By contrast, my work is trying to find some of these Wabi-Sabi meanings in the materialistic, urban modernism, which reflects man’s desire to control, construct and regulate, using rules and logic to strive for symmetry, regularity and perfection.”

Bente’s focus on abstraction originates in the captured image, which is disrupted by the rearrangement of the familiar into new perspectives.  She says “Through the photographs, I am objectively detaching from the physical location, while creatively looking for a means of flattening, reducing, deconstructing and simplifying the image, in order to shift the dynamics of the original referent, within the rectangular proportions of the frame.” www.andermahrphotography.com

9th Place – Pauline Bailey – “Inner City Blues”

Pauline was born in Victoria, Australia in the Melbourne suburb of Oakleigh in 1965 and she currently lives in the Gippsland town of Heyfield which is 200 km east of Melbourne with her husband, 19 year old daughter and 16 year old son. A city girl at heart, she frequently travels to the city to get inspiration but returns to work in the quiet surrounds of her studio in the country.

Her preferred medium is acrylic on canvas but she also incorporates charcoal, pastel, collage and oils. Pauline also enjoys drawing, photography and digital art and likes to combine different media to produce lively, colourful paintings which are rich in texture and have a strong narrative. Painting is her passion and she rarely goes a day without working on something in her studio.

Pauline is inspired by her own experiences and observations past and present, and she finds herself drawn to certain imagery which tends to recur throughout her work. Often there will be a motif which is repeated in her paintings. The focus for her latest series is the city of Melbourne and surrounding suburbs. She enjoys painting scenes and places which are interesting and have a story to tell; railway stations, dilapidated buildings, pubs, cafés and other structures. Some are well known Australian icons but others that are not so familiar are just as engaging. The hidden beauty beyond the facade is what motivates her as well as exploring the depth and meaning behind the image. Pauline is also very passionate about the local music scene and this is often a recurring theme in her work.

After returning to study in 2006 and obtaining her Certificate 1V in Visual Arts and Diploma of Art with high distinctions and credits, Pauline has exhibited widely in Melbourne and interstate and her work has been purchased by clients in Europe and the USA. She has held a number of successful solo exhibitions and also participates regularly in group exhibitions throughout Australia. She has been shortlisted for several major art prizes throughout Australia including the Fleurieu Art Prize in South Australia and the Flanagan Art Prize and Archangel Art Prize in Victoria. She has also completed a number of private commissions.

Her main influences are Pop Art, realism, street art, and Australian contemporary art. Some of the artists who inspire her are Albert Tucker, Howard Arkley, William Young, Jeffrey Smart and Edward Hopper.  www.paulinebaileyart.com

10th Place – Cliff Fawcett – “Towering above the Thames”

Cliff is a landscape and culture photographer (and life-long adventurer)! His photography strives to capture this planet’s beauty, its people and its cultures. More than an image, every photograph brings to life the story within. Like words, creating narratives and poetry; photographs can tell entire stories; or they can be impressionist, abstract, implied. Importantly, each unlocks imagination. Moves hearts. Connects.

Cliff’s photography has taken him across the globe, creating in the World’s most hectic and most tranquil places. Long-term nomadic trips have led him through the Far East… on more than one occasion – simply journeys of discovery.

From winters spent high in the Himalayan Mountains of Nepal, to weeks spent in the remotest parts of China; from a colour-laden Spring Holi, Rajasthan (India) to the calm tranquility of Chefchaouen (Morocco) in autumn. After months and years notched up on the road and countless thousands of photographs, home is simply where stories exist! www.gobeyondphotography.com