Thom Bierdz, AAA president and famous for his role as Phillip Chancellor III on the Young And The Restless, reveals more art winners today to Highlight Hollywood, “Dozens of very established American galleries voted on the online images submitted to www.AmericanArtAwards.com. Our contest is open to artists in all nations and this year we had 52 categories, with winners from 18 countries. 1ST PLACE in Religion goes to an artist born in Sweden who now lives in South Australia for her 30x40cm acrylic “Noah’s Ark.””
1ST PLACE MARIE JONSSON-HARRISON “Noah’s Ark”
2ND PLACE KIMBERLY SHIM “God Became A Man”
3RD PLACE DIVNA PESIC “Place Of Joy And Bliss”
4TH PLACE TANYA MIKAELA “Spirit Rising”
5TH PLACE DIVNA PESIC “Entry To Heaven”
6TH PLACE JOHN BRIGDEN “Gold & Silver”
6TH PLACE KIMBERLY SHIM “Beyond The Fire Wall”
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 success as an international model, then painter. 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.
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. Jonsson-Harrison also 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.
See more of her art at http://www.mariejonssonharrison.com.au and https://www.facebook.com/Naiveartbymarie
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Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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