Colors Art Exhibition

The Artist Space Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of the second Colors online Art Exhibition. Along with the selected artists, the jury selected award winners in the following art categories: painting, photography, and drawing. The show displayed a variety of artistic styles and mediums: oil on canvas, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, ink, pen, spray paint, digital art and photography.  Out of all submissions received 106 artworks were selected to be included in the exhibition.

Best of Show

Cher Pruys

Short Biography and Statement

Cher Pruys, ASAA SCA, IGOR, AAPL, CSAA, AMS, LMS, OSA, MAA, CFA, NOAPS, PSOA, AWA., AAOA. "To take my inner visions with my hands and create a work of art for you the viewer .... That is the ultimate in self expression." By age three, Cher was seldom found without a drawing tool in hand. She worked in pencil, charcoal and ink over the years, until, she picked up a paintbrush at the age of 35. Beginning with oil paints, she found her chosen mediums in acrylic, water color and gouache. I am very drawn to shiny surfaces as well as transparent objects, especially when the lighting brings them to life. Water is a subject that encompasses both movement, translucency that I find enticing. I look for beauty in everyday objects that most people take for granted or just don’t truly see them as they are. The seemingly boring and mundane subjects can truly be like magnets if portrayed in the right light. Shiny metal is one of those materials that can host endless visions….the light hits it and the reflections are captured on the smooth, sleek surface…an artists dream!s.

Cher Pruys - BUBBLE GUM WISHES - acrylic on canvas

Painting Prize

Pernel Berkeley

Short Biography and Statement

The trajectory of my work has consistently been directed by a desire to create a visual language which reflects a range of interests. A youthful fascination with the Bauhaus Movement exerted a lasting influence on my development as an artist, as well as serving to inspire me to find my own path.  Although the forms I choose continue to evolve, the use of color is fundamental to my work.  Combined with choices concerning the impact and interactions of shape and form, I have attempted to produce an original and unique visual language.  Over the years, guided by this principle, I believe I have found a means of producing works which are thought-provoking and provide an engaging visual experience.

Pernel Berkeley - ALTERNATE ROUTES - acrylic on wood panel

Photography Prize

Garret Demarest

Short Biography and Statement 

These abstract photographic art images were developed by Garret Demarest of Palm Springs, CA. Garret's work has evolved over the past 20 years during which he has been using digital photographic medium. His initial interest was in capturing images of objects, and scenery. But, soon his attention turned to people, animals, plants, and flowers as his studies involved psychology and human development including emotional reactions to color and color psychology. His early focus was on “spontaneous portraiture” capturing personalities of people. He was mentored by New York industrial designer, Robert G. Newbauer who encouraged him to capture his “decisive moment” in his originality and storytelling reiterating the famous quote, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” Garret’s later career as an organizational development consultant, took him around the world and provided the opportunity to photograph people and places that captured something unique and spontaneous. Now retired, he spends much of his free time immersed in the hobby of photographic art where he manipulates original photographs into abstract images resembling paintings of the “Color Field School” brought to life by Mark Rothko and other abstract impression artists of the Mid-20th Century, thus creatively blurring the lines between photography and painting. In creating these abstract images, he attempts to retain specific colors from the original photograph, often combining colors in unique and unusual combinations giving his work depth, radiance, and excitement. In this volume of abstract images, he has taken original photos of a variety of different things –flowers, water scenes, sunrises, sunsets, and re-envisioned them through his abstract manipulation. His focus on vibrant colors in the color spectrum helped him select images that move through the visual and emotional excitement of both bold color and muted tones while expressing the emotion of abstract impressionism.

Garret Damarest - COLORS ON THE BEACH - digital photography

Drawing Prize

Col Mitchell

Short Biography and Statement 

My art, an original technique which fluidly melds paper texture with many hued intricately layered lines of ink, reflects my process of viewing and experiencing nature as I remember it; that random pendulum of intensity and tranquility, the shape, colour, line, and texture I associate with nature’s wonders, beauty and complexity coloured by an adult’s remembrance of childhood imagination and fancy.

Col Mitchell - PASSION GARDEN - pen and ink