Dozens of the most established American galleries have voted seven artists winners in the 2013 American Art Awards category titled Naive Art. Thom Bierdz, AAA president since 2008, shares exclusively to Highlight Hollywood, “Very established American galleries voted on all work submitted to www.AmericanArtAwards.com, but the contest is open to artists in all countries. Our competition is incredibly diverse having 52 categories and winners from 18 countries this year. 1ST PLACE in Naive Art goes to an artist born in Sweden who painted her perception of one of South Africa’s busiest streets.”
1ST PLACE MARIE JONSSON-HARRISON “True Colors Of Hindley Street”
2ND PLACE HYAE JIN SOH “Paper Crane”
3RD PLACE MARYAM DEYHIM “Flutterby”
3RD PLACE MARY LOPER “My Harmony”
4TH PLACE MAXDEMIAN LEE SOO “Eagle”
5TH PLACE KELLI SCHNEIDER “African Savannah”
5TH PLACE JORGE RAMIREZ “Solar Plexus Plague”
6TH PLACE MARY LOPER “My Family Tree Is Tilted”
Renowned naïve artist Marie Jonsson-Harrison captured Hindley Street (in Adelaide, the capital of South Australia) as a colorful, eccentric streetscape, incorporating Jules Bar, Downtown Leisure Centre, Flash Coffee Gelateria, Jerusalem Restaurant, Crazy Horse nightclub, Goodwill Stores and the multi-cultural crowd of people. This 40 x 155 cm acrylic painting is sold but available as a limited edition Giclee print and also featured on bed-linen by ARTnBED. See Giclees at http://www.mariejonssonharrison.com.au
and bed covers at http://www.artnbed.com/
If an artist paints what they know, perhaps Jonsson-Harrison cannot restrain her vibrant electric characters considering her history. Born in Sweden to Adelaide based sculptor, Ted Jönsson, Marie’s grandparents were famous circus artists. She immigrated to Australia with her family in 1972 and found quick success as an international model becoming Miss Summer Spain, South Australia Model Of The Year and Australian Model Of The Year. Soon married and pregnant with a child, and pregnant with a need to express artistically, she allowed her rich artistic heritage to develop with acrylic paint, routinely building up layers in “relief,” giving the works a tactile quality.
Best described as Contemporary Naive Art, Jonsson-Harrison’s art infuses humor, exuberance, enthusiasm and social commentary. Winning SA Great Awards For The Arts in 2002 and 2007, her creations are in significant corporate collections and art books.
Swedish-born Jonsson-Harrison wanted to capture the excitement and forbidden “naughtiness’’ of Hindley Street that she remembered from her youth. “I love to depict in my artworks places that I find interesting and that have a lot going on. If my subject matter in question has a quiet moment I use artistic licence and add a little of my own spice.”
INTERNATIONAL: Art connoisseurs from Japan, Australia, Europe and USA collect her paintings and prints. Featured in Normandy, France’s Art magazine ArtTension in a special edition on Naive art around the world, “ARTension on L’Art naïf aujourd’hui,” Jonsson-Harrison received critical acclaim, and was concurrently commissioned to paint the Olympic festivities; London2012 by Giclee Link. In Israel and New York, ARTnBED produced her paintings into duvet covers. 2013 is Jonsson-Harrison’s third year of representing Australia in the annual Art Naive Festival in Katowice, Poland.
SCULPTURE: Jonsson-Harrison vigorously pursues her passion for three dimensional art, the largest creation spanning 44 meters across at the entrance of the mid north town of Balaclava called the Federation Gateway. This sculpture depicts a federation house with stories made from handmade ceramic and mosaic, recounting tales of the district over the last 100 years.
Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy: American Art Awards
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