Mitha Al Maktoum
The results are in! We have placed award ribbons on each of the winning pieces. Thank you all so much for your hard work and patience for our first online gallery event! There were several pieces that stood out to our judges this round and here are the winners:
Diana Simon - Blue Chickadee - Grand Prize
David Matthews - Beckon - Honorable Mention
Dexter Sitjar - Repair Station - Double Take
Kristina Geronimo - Oval Canvas - Golden Paint Winner
We will be in contact with the award winners for payment information. We hope to see all of you returning for our next gallery event,
The DARK ARTS - Themed Gallery we will be accepting submissions starting August 1st.
Painted Masonite, aluminum rods, wood 42.5"x9"x9"
The beauty and fertility of the female is the inspiration. Viewing from the front only a black vase like form is visible. When looking from the side the gloss red interior presents itself. The piece is painted in satin black and gloss red and has a wood base.
Inspired by the weightlessness of the butterfly. It's made from cherry wood and hand finished in shellac on a wood base.
This rendering is inspired by games such as Mass Effect, EVE, Call of Duty Infinity Warfare, Halo etc... Other than paying homage to some of the games I enjoy for their world building, I created this piece to be more familiar with Photoshop as I haven’t really explore what you can really do with custom brushes. However before I started using Photoshop I started with various pencil sketches to get down the shape of the space station and overall composition of the scene. Once those were achieved I went into Photoshop to start massing out volumes with black and white. As I continued to flush out more volumes, new details about the station emerged such as the docking pads around the upper ring, the smaller ships that are docked along the upper ring, and the larger space ship along the lower ring that is being repaired. Colors were then added to distinguish the ships docked on the space station as well as lights to differentiate usage (docking pads) on the space station. For the final touches, I placed in shadows to give the space station more volume.
This artwork is one in a collection of four, titled Hesitation Forms. A ‘hesitation form’ is defined as a word, or sound involuntarily or deliberately used while a speaker is uncertain about the fitting expression. This practice aims to convey a visual language that demonstrates the fluid ambiguity of meaning, and of reading; through discourse, changing contexts, and in a physical communicative style. Studying semiotics, this practice challenges linguistic traditions, methods of curation, and medium, but more intensively it confronts the connotation forced and attached to particular words, via experience and perspective. Deconstruction and Deconstructivism theory fuel this. They intend to tilt, to fragment, and to stylize forming a dysfunctional and seemingly misguided structure, making way for an accessible alternative freedom within language
15" X 22"
Landscapes come to life with animate objects -people, animals, and flying things! This is a typical scene in the area I visit in Napa Valley.
15" X 22"
This piece brings back the joy of a backyard tree house and the days of summer.
15" X 22"
It was all about reflections in this piece.
Acrylic and Oil
22" X 28"
With this piece, and the influence of Lady Gaga, I was inspired by her fame, that she was seen as an idol to some people, or even a greater force, like a goddess. I was also inspired by her music, and a song titled, "Venus", to create this painting, putting all these elements together I wanted her to be seen as a beautiful being, a spirit in which is greater than the space, the universe. On the left side of the painting, I wanted to portray a planet and the lighting of stars, to collide with her, that she is one with the light and power. I also wanted to create a woman, who was brave and comfortable with her sexuality, and being in her true state, of the human body, not being ashamed of being naked, connecting with the space and life forms around.
Oval Canvas I
Black Ink on Stretched Canvas
Golden Paint Winner
This artist has a very expressive hand, a striking use of contrast and sharp lines. We admired their use of design, their attention to details and use of a shaped canvas. Their work has a sense of energy that speaks to us. For this we award our sponsored gift, an acrylic paint set from Golden Artist Colors. Well Done!
20,000 / Landscape
The following pieces reflect my observations and interpretations of the environment. Environmental art and the ecology are fascinating themes and causes. My designs, palette and subject all stem from investigations of nature. Using various media I endeavor to re imagine natural forms. My technique includes media such as ink, paint and photographs, which are merged in a digital platform. The results are my attempts to rediscover the beauty of our natural world from the minute to the monumental and the worlds in between.
Figure Study in Red
The following life study in red illustrate my expression of the relationship between the artist and model. This relationship is at time both obvious and subtle. Each participant is contributing to the creation of the art. For my part, I have tried to capture what the model is feeling and interpret her body language into a form that is expressive and descriptive. My submission is a life study in red. In which is defiantly on display, owning her form. The model is calm and at peace.
Mitha Al Maktoum
The artwork I have created started with photos I had taken in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Spain. I then translated it into a two layered linoleum print where the foreground was an arch of a building I had taken of in Spain. Looking at European architecture I had noticed that so many buildings have arches that always block the view of a place but manage to capture and focus of an area of street, buildings or landscape at certain perspective. I explored the idea of perspective through arches so for the background image behind the arch I wanted to show perspective of the UAE cultural history and present architecture by adding two monumental buildings in the UAE. One being the traditional wind tower that has been a part of our history for the past 100 years and in contrast an
My artwork is not going to be realistic. They are a mess of bold lines and tiny faces. The inspirations for my works are comics, automatic drawing, and surrealism. I mainly use pens and markers on paper, canvas, and cardboard. Each work is re-visited several times to add another layer of lines or color – because of this, most of my works have different imagery when viewed at different angles (rotated left, right, upside-down, etc.) I hope whomever is viewing these works enjoys exploring in-between the lines.
Black Ink on Paper
Black Ink on Paper
image of Sheikh Zayed mosque which represents modern architecture of our religious and cultural beliefs. I also used the two layers to make the front darker and the background lighter as it would normal look like in real life. The further away something is the less clarity and color there is and I wanted to capture that using two colors. Overall I used the arch to capture a perspective of the UAE architecture and how its developed and how become a monumental identity in who we are.
Heart Art / I Thought You Were A Boy / Foot Pain (Left to Right)
For these pieces I used watercolor, Ink and Acrylic Paint. I first used the watercolor and then a spatula to wipe the color around. I also lifted some color with newspaper. I then printed onto my painted backgrounds with my printer and embellished the prints with metallic acrylic paint and ink line work. I really love all of the colors I used and also the contrast in the line work.
Woven Top II
Stoneware raku fired embellished with brass jewelry, bell, clay + wooden beads + feathers
I love color & costume! This raku fire vase is embellished with a woven cloth top echoing the rake glaze colors. I’ve attached brass jewelry, a bell, clay beads, pit fired clay and glass beads and topped it with feathers. An Actress loves costume!
Woven Top I
Stoneware saggar fired with woven top embellished with clay + glass beads + grapevine
I admire the color achieved in saggar firing. Being a basket maker – I decided to combine the disciplines and wove a cloth basket on top the clay base – Embellished with clay and glass beads.
Wheel thrown + altered stoneware hand sculpted lid – painted + low fired in food safe glaze.
I have a 50 year career as an actress and am still (Haves + haves nots- own TV) Pottery has been my sanity saver throughout my career. We don’t get the chance to dress in period costumes in modern TV – I rather fancied myself in the costume. I grew up forming dishes out of the riverbank clay and drying them in the sun for my dollies. I guess I am still doing it! All my acting work will eventually disappear. Vitrified clay lasts thousands of years – the trick is not to make a bad pot!
Americana Chicken in Green
Acrylic on Stretched Canvas
This is a painting of my pet chicken "Skunk". I painted this for my mother who raised rescue chickens.
I am a mother, psychologist, and artist living in southern California. A self-trained artist, I have an interest in psychological subject matter and non-traditional painting techniques. My work has been influenced by my disability; I was diagnosed with multiple autoimmune diseases in 2011. My work often involves combining soothing patterns and jarring imagery to provoke an emotional response. While the subject matter of each piece ultimately determines the materials and the forms of the work, I find that I gravitate largely toward watercolor. In this piece, I was inspired by my mother-in-law, who loves birds. For her, birds are a splash of color and joy in her world, and that is what I was trying to convey in this painting. For those who know what chickadees are, they do not occur in this color in the wild; by using an unnatural color, I was trying to demonstrate the whimsical, almost magical quality that birds can have as creatures of flight.
This Artist captured our attention not only with their execution but also with their attachment to their subject and unique perspective. We adored the refreshing blue splash of color and the liveliness captured in the little bird. This piece spoke to us on many levels and it is deserving of our Grand Prize.
This was a very Interesting piece for me. I was inspired by the texture of trees and their bark. So I layered Gesso and as it dried I manipulated it to sculpt deep ridges in the canvas. I wanted the ridges to cast shadows and entice the viewer to want to touch and feel them. I am a very tactile person so texture is everything to me. Overall I think there may be 20 or more layers of paint on this piece.
Landscape Is another one of my tactile pieces. I began with layers and layers of gesso and allowed it to dry while I Manipulated it to create texture similar to a trowel on stucco. I used an angled pallet knife to get the smooth swoops in white. I wanted to accentuate the texture so I took a very bold red paint and scraped it from one end of the canvas to the other. This completely changed how I viewed the piece and made it more of a landscape. To me It looks like a city with a tumultuous sky. There is a lot of excitement in the way the paint landed on the ridges.