Exclusive: 2013 American Art Awards Winners Named, Highlight Hollywood Celebrates Success
The 25 Best Galleries In America have voted on the online art images sent to them by the 2013 American Art Awards (www.AmericanArtAwards.com) and Highlight Hollywood is revealing the three cash prize winners today. Because we want to support the arts and our readership regularly enjoys our publication of fine art images, the other 300+ AAA winners will be profiled according to categories of art in 50 upcoming Highlight Hollywood articles.
The highest-scored piece this year and thus BEST OF SHOW 2013 American Art Awards goes to DAN SIMONEAU of Wisconsin, USA for his 18×28″ Watercolor titled “Marco,” which also won FIRST PLACE in the category Watercolor Human Figure. Simoneau’s bio is below.
The MASTERPIECE cash prize for most overall wins of one image goes to BRUCE LAWES of Ontario, Canada for his 45×30″ oil on canvas, “Brothers In Arms.” This won 2ND PLACE – TIE in Oil Human Figure, 3RD PLACE in Realism Human and 3RD PLACE in Realism Landscape With Figures. Lawes bio is below.
The 2013 Stoney Award cash prize for most overall wins by one artist goes to Youxin Yang of Massachusetts, USA. Her watercolors, oils and inks vary from soothing portraiture to high-minded political retrospectives and subsequently won a dozen awards in the 2013 AAA’s 52 categories.
Youxin Yang was born in Xuzhou, China. After finishing her medical education in Nanjing, she received her PhD from Paris VI University (Marie Curie University). She was awarded a prize from the Association for the Study of Pediatric Pathology for her work on the WT1 Gene in Denys Drash Syndrome and Diffuse Mesangial Sclerosis. Articles written by two French art historians, and several Chinese journalists, along with her recent paintings, were collected into a book entitled “Youxin Yang, M.D., Ph.D.: An Artist and Scientist”.
In addition to being a remarkably accomplished fine artist and scientist, Yang is also an award-winning songwriter, screenwriter and the director of “Feuille.” Filmed in Paris, this film tells a story of a Chinese female painter and a French female photographer who, together, experience conflicts dealing with culture and homosexuality. This film was not shown at that time in China due to the subject matter.
Yang is the fitting winner of the 2013 Stoney Award (donated annually by one of the surviving fighters for equal rights at the infamous 1969 Stonewall Riots) for her dozen brave works winning various categories of the 2013 American Art Awards. In future articles we will feature Yang’s specific wins and categories. Not surprisingly, Yang’s paintings depict the same deeper aspects of human nature as her film: honesty, generosity, beauty, and an idealized world where spirituality trumps politics. Previous wins include Grand Jury Award winner at the 2005 New York International Art Festival, 2008 WCA national Featured Member Artist Competition, 1st Place Award and Honorable Mention at the “People, Faces, and Figures” leading artists gallery art exhibition in 2013, in addition to prior American Art Award competitions. See more of Yang at http://zeitgeistgallery.net/artists/youxin-yang
Yang’s additional winning AAA art includes these images of “PEACE VI-Boston Marathon 2013,” acrylic, oil pastel, mixed media on canvas. “Self-Portrait Thinking 2004,” 40×30″ oil pastel, water color. “Peace I, 2012,” 68×78″ oil, Chinese watercolor on canvas. “Dialogue Between History And Modern, III,” 48×36″ oil, ink. “Dialogue Between History And Modern I,” 30×40″ oil, ink. “Dialogue Between History And Modern V,” 36×48″ oil pastel, Chinese watercolor on paper mounted on canvas. “Dialogue Between History And Modern III,” 48×36″ Oil, ink. “Peace,” “Peace IV, 2013,” 48×60″ oil, Chinese watercolor on canvas. “Peace I, 2012″ 68×78″ Oil, Chinese watercolor on canvas.
BEST OF SHOW Dan Simoneau is excited to have won the prestigious award. A painter by passion for 35 years, he holds signature status in the International Society of Acrylic Painters, is a lifetime member of the Transparent Watercolor Society of America, is a juried member of the Salmagundi Club in NYC (the oldest art organization in the US) as both a painter and a photographer, and has been listed in Who’s Who in American Art since 2005. Acrylics and watercolors painted in a realist to hyper realist fashion are his favorite mediums. Simoneau is also enjoying critical acclaim for his recent photography, some of which are 2013 AAA winners to be revealed here in upcoming weeks. Simoneau says, “In my boat paintings and my urban photography, I hope to elevate the commonplace and typically overlooked to a level of beauty and introspection. In my figurative photography and paintings, I seek to capture the interplay of appearance and inner truth. In all my work, the effect of light on objects is the main subject of the piece.”
Simoneau is represented by Xanadu Gallery in Scottsdale, AZ (www.xanadugallery.com) and Lemon Street Gallery in Kenosha, WI (www.lemonstreetgallery.org). Paintings can be seen on his web site, www.dsimoneau.com and his photography can be seen on www.dsimoneauphoto.com and www.point-of-view-imagery.com.
MASTERPEICE winner: Frequently winning top honors in prior American Art Awards contests, Lawes is a predictable favorite among the prestigious gallery judges for his classic oil portraiture of humans and equine. Lawes’ work is gaining great recognizability having won the Grand Prize in People And Figures Category in the 2011 International Artist Magazine, Arabella Magazine prize at the Buckhorn Art Show 2012, and many honors in Southwest Art Magazine’s Artistic Excellence Competitions and Artist magazine’s Annual Art Competitions. Lawes gives more than excellence to his craft, he seeks to generate public awareness and artful alliances between the soul and the corporation. He says, “Without the indiviual and corporate efforts today, we may not be able to preserve and enjoy our environment with our children tomorrow.” See Lawe’s stunning figurative works at http://www.bklawesart.com
More info at the annual American Art Awards contest at www.AmericanArtAwards.com The 2013 American Art Awards Galleries: MASSACHUSETTS Quidley & Company, CALIFORNIA The McLoughlin Gallery, OKLAHOMA Avondale Galleries Inc, MICHIGAN Park West Gallery, FLORIDA CityLoftArt LLC, OHIO Lee Hayden Gallery, SOUTH CAROLINA Mary Martin Gallery, NORTH CAROLINA McColl Fine Art, COLORADO Mirada Fine Art, TENNESSEE Bennett Galleries, ARIZONA Exposures Gallery, WASHINGTON Abmeyer + Wood, NEVADA Sin City Gallery, WISCONSIN Milward Farrell Fine Art, KENTUCKY Galerie Hertz, KANSAS The Rice Gallery of Fine Art, VERMONT Gallery Northstar, HAWAII Sunshine Arts, ALASKA Annie Kaill’s Premier Fine Art Gallery, VIRGINIA Chasen Galleries, MISSISSIPPI Brown’s Fine Art & Framing, CONNECTICUT Westport River Gallery, NEBRASKA The Burkholder Project, ALABAMA Robertson Gallery, UTAH Southam Gallery.
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