Kulwant Singh Bhullar FIRST PLACE AWARD WINNER Artist Statement: In my oil painting, titled Man in red turban, I provide a commentary on the ability to express oneself without feeling ashamed of who one is. I painted the turban in red to emphasize who this man is, a Sikh, with the majority of the painting in cooler tones. As a Sikh, he believes he must wear a turban, as many Sikhs consider their turbans to be gifts from their beloved gurus. The setting in this composition also represents a fluid life, as the pictures of his mother, and his daughter behind him represent different times of his past. Meanwhile, the sitter’s posture shows that he has the future in sight without any worry.
October in the Finn Slough
Bill Stephens SECOND PLACE AWARD WINNER Artist Statement: While vacationing with my wife in British Columbia, we visited the Finn Slough (pronounced "Slew"), a former fishing village just outside of Richmond. I was immediately taken by this unique structure with all kinds of outboard motors adorning the rail, and antlers at the peak. I knew right away that I had to paint it. The nautical clutter around the building speaks to the unique character of the area.
Karen Brown THIRD PLACE AWARD WINNER Artist Statement: I am an encaustic mixed media artist whose work is motivated by my relationship with nature and inspired by the Ontario farm I grew up on. Encaustics is an ancient beeswax-based paint which is applied and heated to create rich layers of unique depth and luminosity. My process is studio intensive but starts outdoors with experience, photography and drawing providing the visual and emotive references that come back into the studio to be created. These pieces stem from local farmsteads that have caught my eye. The florals are inspired by the remnants of vintage wallpaper I discovered in the depths of abandoned farmhouses. The organic nature of the beeswax-based paint becomes a multilayered surface for both the visual and tactile senses.
Pauline De Four HONOURABLE MENTION AWARD WINNER Artist Statement: 5 CENTS manipulates the hatching, crosshatching and marking varieties attributed to the scratchboard medium. Utilizing sharp tools to carve lines and to remove portions of the black ink surface, the command of line to render shapes, textures, positive and negative space, reveals 3-dimensional visuals. By using a silver underlay beneath the black-inked paper substrate, the silver becomes part of the expression for realism. The viewer is presented with a coin that is both realistic yet larger-than-life.