Working With Ardour and Playfulness 



The highest three award winners and honorable point out winners within the Acrylic Works 9 Competitors display the inventive potential of the medium.

Work usually present the purpose the place the eagerness for the topic and the eagerness for the medium intersect, and that is one space that the winners within the AcrylicWorks 9 competitors gleefully discover. The medium’s viscosity and quick drying time make for a document of the brushstroke, affording the painters the power to create layers, but additionally to work with a fast sense of immediacy. The outcome brings to gentle the love of the topic and the love of the craft. 

For every work, the time period “matter” works two methods—because the distinction between the matter that makes the portray and the matter that impressed it turns into completely blended. Whether or not it’s the momentary pause of a canine’s gaze rendered in visceral brushstrokes in Jinhee Park’s Fred, a fleeting glimpse of house layered beneath a backyard in Susan Martin’s Galaxy, or a picture of waves crashing to the shore however frozen in time in Anda Styler’s Ocean Vitality, every work captures the ephemeral nature of the topic in a medium that works equally properly as a basis and a facade. The result’s depth, balanced with an occasional match of caprice. 

The juror for this yr’s contest, Patti Mollica, drew this comparability of acrylic to different mediums: “Acrylics convey out the playful, expressive, impatient baby in me in a method that not one of the others do.” 

To get pleasure from a showcase of all 113 profitable works, take a look at the Fall 2023 digital version of The Better of Acrylics

First Place

Jinhee Park’s Fred 

“I’ve painted numerous animals, starting from canine and cats to a dragon lizard, most of which have been completed in acrylic. Nevertheless, I imagine Fred is greater than only a flat floor coated with orderly  pigments. Each visible aspect on the canvas exquisitely conveys his mannerisms and the perspective of the Sixties.” 

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Second Place

Susan Martin’s Galaxy 

“As I painted the darkish leaves within the foreground with the glint of tiny blossoms within the distance, the depth of layers recommended a path by way of the heavens, and I got here to see this composition as a galaxy.” 

Third Place

Anda Styler’s Ocean Vitality 

“I utilized what I’ve realized from plein air portray, drawing from my creativeness and my private connection to the place. It brings the ability of emotion into my work.” 

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Honorable Point out: Chris Klein’s Exits and Entrances 

“I moved across the canvas rather a lot, retaining the whole lot balanced. Utilizing many glazes, I pushed the shadows again to convey out extra highlights. The top outcome can look photographic from a distance, however with nearer inspection, the viewer sees that I retained the brushstrokes and utilized the weave of the canvas.” 

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Honorable Point out: Angela Bandurka’s Chromatophilia 

“Whereas I really like portray with a restricted palette—all the most important components on this piece have been painted with simply six hues—the paint and pigments known as out for a wider vary of coloration. The colourful colours in opposition to the built-in cabinetwork at L. Cornelissen & Son, in London, England, are what drew me to this scene.” 

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Honorable Point out: Laura Crockett’s Sunday Evening 

Sunday Evening was impressed by my mom and sister—my mom, who seemed for illustration in all types of media and artwork, and my sister, who hated getting her hair completed. This picture captures the mundane but important, and the artwork is meant to be a celebration of moments usually neglected.” 

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Honorable Point out: Heather Karp’s My Refuge No. 2 

“I needed my portray to be concerning the quiet great thing about the marsh set on high of the chaotic great thing about my thoughts—weaving coloration, line and texture by way of an abstracted panorama, inviting the viewers to widen their view of actuality and ‘see’ between the traces what lies beneath and between the layers of not solely a portray but additionally an individual.” 

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Honorable Point out: Marguerite Chadwick-Juner’s Reef Music—The Violinist II 

Reef Music—The Violinist II is certainly one of an ongoing sequence of work which are pushed by my consciousness of the deterioration of the world’s reefs and the air pollution of its oceans. The sequence is a literal, visible illustration of the concept that all human beings should connect with the reefs and oceans to grasp that their preservation is important to our personal survival.” 

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Honorable Point out: Keith Goodson’s Tea Time 

“To begin this portray, I fastidiously arrange this silver tea set in a well-lit space. I then took a whole bunch of images at completely different angles with varied lighting setups. I chosen a number of photos that match the imaginative and prescient and composition I used to be searching for.” 

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Honorable Point out: Aili Kurtis’s Levitation 

“After I create artwork, I wish to painting what’s behind actuality and to emphasise the underlying patterns and rhythms in nature reasonably than simply reproduce what’s apparent as a floor look.” 

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Honorable Point out: Marla Thirsk’s I Should Go Right down to the Sea Once more 

“I’ve labored in acrylic solely for greater than 30 years. I really like the feel and design components that it offers, and this versatility has significantly inspired my exploration of the medium. Currently, I’ve been experimenting with including small components of collage that I paint over. It provides a sure depth to the portray that I discover visually pleasing.” 

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Honorable Point out: Jennifer L. Sowders’s Riverbend 

“As a result of I wasn’t anticipating a sure consequence and wasn’t underneath any strain, I gleefully painted Riverbend straight from the tube, utilized with palette knives. This wasn’t one thing I’d ever tried earlier than, nevertheless it left me undone. Texture had all the time been a component that felt like a secret crush. I cherished it however was hesitant—by no means feeling courageous sufficient to try it.” 

Acrylic Works painting competition honorable mention

Honorable Point out: Marco Antonio Aguilar’s Buffalo Soldier 

“With a number of wonderful brushes, a magnifying glass and 150 hours of dedication, I painted hundreds of hairs to create Buffalo Soldier. The magnificent American bison was the proper automobile to refine my method as a result of it shows many various kinds of hair, from curly to shaggy.” 

To get pleasure from a showcase of all 113 profitable works, take a look at the Fall 2023 digital version of The Better of Acrylics


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