Black & White Art Exhibition

The Artist Space Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of the second Black & White online Art Exhibition. Along with the selected artists, the jury selected award winners in the following art categories: painting, photography and sculpture. The show displayed a variety of artistic styles and mediums: oil on canvas, acrylic, watercolor, charcoal, scratchboard, photography, colored pencil, digital art, ceramics, glass fusion.  Out of all submissions received 87 artworks were selected to be included in the exhibition.

Best of Show

Eric Renard

Short Biography and Statement

Eric M Renard is one of California’s Leading contemporary Fine Art Photographers. His passion for photography was ignited at Tufts University in Boston, where he studied under Siegfried Halus. After graduating, Eric returned to San Francisco, where he worked as an architectural real estate photographer before moving to Los Angeles. He has explored the modern world through black & white photography, though he is equally well-known for his distinctive color work reflecting classic California images. His recent black and white exhibitions have focused on high contrast, urban cityscapes which portray an eerie sense of peace and tranquility. The landscape is the hero, with the people in them subject to the power of their surroundings. Eric’s photography has found its way into art galleries in London, Budapest, Greece, New York, Texas, Oregon, Minnesota, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Connecticut and across California. His photography has received numerous Best of Show awards and has been published in both books and photography magazines, including the cover of Black & White magazine. He is also on the board of directors for several non-profit art organizations in Los Angeles.

 Eric Renard - PARIS LINES - photography  

Painting Prize

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." Cher Pruys was born in Regina. Over the years she lived in many places including Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa, Fort Frances, settling into her present home in Devlin, on the banks of the Rainy River with her husband Mark, 4 dogs and 2 cats. 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. Although self taught, her dedication and talent has seen her work juried into 482 International exhibits, as well as exhibits in numerous non juried shows. She has won 749 awards for her work in the International Juried Exhibits. Her work has graced the covers of 3 books, 36 magazines, including The Best Of Acrylic Fall 2021, cover of the May 2022 Arabella Magazine, #20 Hyperrealism Magazine with “Girls Girls Girls”, & #21 with “The Young Cowboy”, & the latest, Artists & Illustrators March 2024. She has been featured in over 365 International publications. Cher's works have found a permanent home in private and public collections worldwide. for "MERIT PRIZE AWARD" in ART SHOW INTERNATIONAL GALLERY’s 3rd PORTRAIT competition.

Cher Pruys - IMAGINE THAT - acrylic on hot press

Sculpture Prize

Salomé Marivoet

Short Biography and Statement

Salomé Marivoet is an Portuguese visual artist living in Lisbon, Portugal. She completed the Course of Painting of the Portuguese National Society of Fine Arts. PhD in Sociology with an academic career, she has presented her artistic works in collective and individual exhibitions, since 2001. "Curricula #1-2" is an upcycling of my physical curriculum of academic career. The pieces highlight the action in the world, in an internal and external construction of spiral. From the transposition of the countless steps, highlighted in the artwork #2, something more subtle can be seen when observing the piece #1. The use of the classic floppy disk form is intended precisely to reinforce the idea of dematerialisation or subtilisation of the act performed.

Salomé Marivoet - CURRICULA - recycled paper on acrylic

Photography Prize

John Diephouse

Short Biography and Statement

I am a self-taught photographer and digital collage artist and am attracted to a wide variety of subjects ranging from natural landscapes, botanicals and wildlife to images that provide either abstract expression or social commentary. I am interested in sharing images that evoke a story of some kind. Images may be simply documentary, reflect a sense of time and place, or resonate on a more abstract level of color, shape or form. Others provoke an indefinable question that does not readily yield answers without further study and reflection. Most recently I have begun exploring digital collages as a means of expression. I have exhibited widely and have earned recognition in local, regional, and national exhibitions. My photographs are also included in several corporate and private collections.

John Diephouse - NEAR WHITEOUT -  photography