MARIE JONSSON-HARRISON, HYAE JIN SOH, MARYAM DEYHIM, MARY LOPER, MAXDEMIAN LEE SOO, KELLI SCHNEIDER AND JORGE RAMIREZ WIN NAIVE ART CATEGORY – Thom Bierdz, President Of American Art Awards, Reports To Highlight Hollywood

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.” 

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1ST PLACE     MARIE JONSSON-HARRISON   “True  Colors Of Hindley Street”

 

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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”
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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.

 

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Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy:  American Art Awards
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