American Art Awards Announces Randal Huiskens Again Wins Pop Art Category

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Highlight Hollywood has the exclusive rights to reveal the results of the 50 categories of winning artists in the American Art Awards, decided by the 25 Best Galleries In The Nation. In a series of articles expanding through October, we will reveal, in daily features, the 1st to 6th Place winning images with artists info, one category at a time.
Please check in daily for brilliant paintings, photography, digital images and sculpture in genres from portrait to floral to impressionism, realism, landscape, innovative, cubism, self-portrait, etc.
This year the online contest had submissions from 35 countries including Aruba, Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Croatia, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Spain,South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Thailand, UK, United Arab Emirates and USA.30AAA15.1I interviewed president of  www.AmericanArtAwards.com, Thom Bierdz (painter of the BLUE X paintings) and asked which artists this year won the POP category.
Bierdz says, “Randal Huiskens wins big again in this category. Year after year the 25 gallery judges score his art highest in this category. He is a brilliant commercial artist who carved his own niche using his signature pop style which he refers to as neo-divisionism. Huiskens is a stunning success story and a very collectible contemporary artist.”
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CATEGORY 30. POP ART
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1st  RANDAL HUISKENS   USA   www.huiskensart.com   “Marilyn Monroe 2015.03″   24 x 30″   Acrylic on canvas.
2nd  HOLLY MANNECK   USA    www.manneckart.com    “Lifeguard On Duty”   48 x 48″   Mixed media on canvas.
3rd  RANDAL HUISKENS   USA   www.huiskensart.com   “Elizabeth Taylor No. 5″   24 x 30″   Acrylic on canvas.
4th  RANDAL HUISKENS   USA   www.huiskensart.com   “Elizabeth Taylor Vintage Vogue”   24 x 30″   Acrylic on canvas.
4th  RANDAL HUISKENS   USA   www.huiskensart.com   “I ♥ Lucy (or I “Heart” Lucy)”   16 x 20″   Acrylic on canvas.
5th  RANDAL HUISKENS   USA   www.huiskensart.com   “Big Mac”   30 x 24″  Acrylic paint on stretched canvas.
6th  LYNETTE COOK    USA    www.lynetteinthestudio.com   “Jumbo Dog”   12 x 16″    Acrylic on panel.
6th  LAHYUN KANG   SOUTH KOREA   kanglahyun00238@branksome.asia   “Taste of Glory”  390 x 540mm   Color pencil.
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BIO ON 1ST PLACE WINNER RANDAL HUISKENS:
Randal Huiskens is a Chicago area fine artist whose principal medium is acrylic paint on canvas. His latest works are a series of Pop Art Portraits in a style he calls neo-divisionism. This method of painting allows for the application of color into a painting that is unrelated to the actual subject. It also takes a simple subject and allows for an energetic interpretation that goes far beyond the actual subject. The paintings are created “inch by inch” — that is, he isolates squares on the canvas and paints each one as if it is its own individual painting. Once he has covered the entire canvas, the image emerges. In addition, he paints in traditional art styles, mostly influenced by Post Impressionist artists as well as modern artists of the twentieth century.
Unlike most Pop Artists, the art of Randal Huiskens is almost entirely about the act of painting, rather than conveying a specific message. Most Pop artists are concerned with the messaging in the work. In Huiskens’ work, the subject is secondary to the exploration of paint on a canvas. The art is really more of a modern expressionist type of art that happens to use Pop images as the subject.
“To create great Pop Art, you have to present something that has been seen before in a new way,” states the artist. It was this fundamental realization that has led my artwork to evolve from 19th century style Post Impressionism into 21st century individual expression. I am influenced by both Pop Artists and traditional Fine Artists. In the beginning, for me, there was Cezanne. I was captivated by his use of color, a melange of different shades and hues suggesting shadow and light on the simplest of flat surfaces. Other influences include Henri Mattise, Chuck Close, Andy Warhol and Freek Drent.”
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“But Fine Art and Pop Art have long been at odds with each other. Pop Art is sometimes considered the unruly step-child of fine art, but it is the most accessible, and I believe, most important art, of the early 21st century. If you look at our culture, we are entirely Pop-obsessed. . . . The average person has little time to decipher abstract explorations of brush-strokes on a canvas if they don’t immediately mean something to him. And few people want art that has to be explained to them. The Fine Art world is currently in a state where the average person looks at a copy of Art News and thinks, ‘why is this important? I don’t get it.’ In this sense I am trying to create a type of Pop Art that merges these abstract qualities of Fine Art painting and exploration with the accessible subject matter of Pop Art. Most Pop Art is about society. My Pop Art is about Art.”
Randal began to study art seriously while in high school, and was chosen for the first Michigan Summer Institute for Gifted Students on the campus of Michigan State University in 1982. He enrolled in the MSU Art program shortly thereafter. In 1987 one of his paintings won the first place award in the Undergraduate Art Exhibition. The following year, he was awarded a Teachers Scholarship in the Field Of Painting. He obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1988 with an emphasis in painting.
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***ART WAS SCORED BY AMERICAN ART AWARDS 25 BEST GALLERIES FOR 2015***
BEST GALLERY IN ARIZONA — Exposures International Gallery Of Fine Art: “Sedona’s largest gallery… Arizona’s largest gallery… largest gallery in the Southwest! …20,000 square feet of extraordinary display. 18 years…” SEE FULL STORY HERE: http://highlighthollywood.com/2015/03/exposures-international-gallery-of-fine-art-named-best-gallery-in-arizona-for-2015-highlight-hollywood-exclusive-news/
BEST GALLERY IN ILLINOIS — Hilligoss Gallery: “…has been Chicago’s Premier Art Gallery offering every kind of painting, from Renoirs to emerging local impressionists…two-story 8,500 square foot gallery is a beautiful and surreal timeless world unto itself, with a large staff and millions in annual revenue…”     SEE FULL STORY HERE: http://highlighthollywood.com/2015/03/hilligoss-gallery-named-best-gallery-in-illinois-for-2015-highlight-hollywood-exclusive-news/BEST GALLERY IN NEBRASKA — Kiechel Fine Art: “For almost thirty years… specialized in 20th Century American Art with a focus on artists from the Midwest… three story building and exterior spaces…” SEE FULL STORY HERE: http://highlighthollywood.com/2015/03/kiechel-fine-art-named-best-gallery-in-nebraska-for-2015-highlight-hollywood-exclusive-news/30AAA15.5
BEST GALLERY IN NEW YORK STATE — LIK SOHO: “Lik is the most successful photographer in the world… 15 GALLERIES, TV show… sold upwards of $500 million to collectors, royalty, presidents and celebrities… his B&W photo titled “Phantom” sold for $6,500,000.00… Lik’s works make up four of the top 20 most expensive photographs ever sold…” SEE FULL STORY HERE: http://highlighthollywood.com/2015/03/lik-soho-named-best-gallery-in-new-york-2015-highlight-hollywood-exclusive-news/
BEST GALLERY IN CALIFORNIA — Contemporary Fine Arts Gallery: “…20 years… three locations… excel in fine art acquisitions, consulting, custom framing, art installation, corporate collections and award design…” SEE FULL STORY HERE:  http://highlighthollywood.com/2015/03/contemporary-fine-arts-gallery-named-best-gallery-in-california-2015-highlight-hollywood-exclusive-news/BEST GALLERY IN NEVADA — Exclusive Collections Gallery: “Collectors range from A-list celebrities to U.S. presidents… does an astronomical amount of business… is continually expanding, with four other stunning locations – Beverly Hills, San Diego and Laguna Beach.” SEE FULL STORY HERE: http://highlighthollywood.com/2015/03/exclusive-collections-gallery-named-best-gallery-in-nevada-2015-highlight-hollywood-news/
BEST GALLERY IN CONNECTICUT — Westport River Gallery: “… expertise in fine European, American & Asian fine art… web site reads like a library… on highly collectible international artists’ works… preeminent dealers of Pissarro – and not only Camille Pissarro,… but also H. Claude Pissarro, Paulemile Pissarro and Lelia Pissarro.” SEE FULL STORY HERE: http://highlighthollywood.com/2015/03/westport-river-gallery-named-best-gallery-in-connecticut-for-2015-highlight-hollywood-exclusive-news/
BEST GALLERY IN TENNESSEE — Stanford Fine Art: “…the premier purveyor of historical, Impressionistic and regional art in the Southeast. For over 25 years… Nashville’s premier art gallery… works… from the 19th century to the present… exemplary aesthetic standards, museum quality…”
SEE FULL STORY HERE: http://highlighthollywood.com/2015/03/stanford-fine-art-named-best-gallery-in-tennessee-2015-highlight-hollywood-exclusive-news/
BEST GALLERY IN  OREGON: BRONZE COAST GALLERY: “…one of Oregon Coast’s premiere fine art galleries for more than 20 years. They even provide education in sculpture and the process of bronze casting…” SEE FULL STORY HERE: http://highlighthollywood.com/2015/03/bronze-coast-gallery-named-best-gallery-in-oregon-for-2015-highlight-hollywood-exclusive-news/30AAA15.6
BEST GALLERY IN FLORIDA — Art Fusion Galleries: “Established in 2001… represents over 900… known as the preeminent gallery in Miami for integrating the best of Emerging to Mid-Career Contemporary artists… 8,000 square feet… in the heart of Miami’s Wynwood Art District…”
SEE FULL STORY HERE: http://highlighthollywood.com/2015/03/art-fusion-galleries-named-best-gallery-in-florida-for-2015-highlight-hollywood-exclusive-news/
BEST GALLERY IN TEXAS — Laura Rathe Gallery: “…two stunning galleries, one in the Dallas Design District… other on Houston Gallery Row… a leading source for contemporary art in Texas… established, mid-career artists… acquired into world-renowned private, corporate and museum collections…” SEE FULL STORY HERE:  http://highlighthollywood.com/2015/03/laura-rathe-fine-art-named-best-gallery-in-texas-2015-highlight-hollywood-exclusive-news/
BEST GALLERY IN LOUISIANA — Jonathan Ferrara Gallery: “…focused on cutting edge works… with a sense of purpose, mission, and message… provocative… New Orleans gallery has become a fixture on Julia Street’s gallery row, the premier art corridor in The South.” SEE FULL STORY HERE: http://highlighthollywood.com/2015/03/jonathan-ferrara-gallery-named-best-gallery-in-louisiana-for-2015-highlight-hollywood-exclusive-news/
BEST GALLERY IN KENTUCKY – E & S Gallery: “…a nationally recognized leader in the African American art industry. Established in Louisville, KY in 1989… grown to a more than 11,000 square foot gallery…” SEE FULL STORY HERE: http://highlighthollywood.com/2015/03/es-gallery-named-best-gallery-in-kentucky-for-2015-highlight-hollywood-exclusive-news/
BEST GALLERY IN COLORADO — Mirada Fine Art:   “… on numerous ‘Best Of’ lists. We love the art, we love the spirit, we love the upward trajectory, we love the history… special, insightful and unique…” SEE FULL STORY HERE: http://highlighthollywood.com/2015/03/mirada-fine-art-named-best-gallery-in-colorado-for-2015-highlight-hollywood-exclusive-news/30AAA15.7
BEST GALLERY IN MISSOURI: The Hilliard Gallery:“41 years… one of the oldest and largest fine art galleries in Kansas City… voted by Kansas City Visitor Center as Best Gallery In Kansas City in 2012… voted by Kansas City Magazine as the Best Gallery In Kansas City 2014.” SEE FULL STORY HERE: http://highlighthollywood.com/2015/03/hilliard-gallery-named-best-gallery-in-missouri-2015-highlight-hollywood-exclusive-news/
BEST GALLERY IN OHIO — Lee Hayden Gallery: “… a prominent Cleveland gallery for a decade, offering paintings, sculptures and rare prints from dozens of internationally acclaimed artists…” SEE FULL STORY HERE: http://highlighthollywood.com/2015/03/lee-hayden-gallery-named-best-gallery-in-ohio-for-2015-highlight-hollywood-exclusive-news/
BEST GALLERY IN NEW MEXICO — Zane Bennett Contemporary Art: “…museum appeal…powerful 10,000 square foot space… Phenomenal.”
SEE FULL STORY HERE: http://highlighthollywood.com/2015/03/zane-bennett-contemporary-art-named-best-gallery-in-new-mexico-highlight-hollywood-exclusive-news/
BEST GALLERY IN SOUTH CAROLINA — Mary Martin Gallery Of Fine Art: “…on par with Beverly Hill’s Rodeo Drive and NY’s Fifth Avenue. This prestigious French Quarter gallery… classical to contemporary works of originality and beauty… established and mid-career painters and sculptors who forge new ground. Notable artists of museum quality…” SEE FULL STORY HERE: http://highlighthollywood.com/2015/03/mary-martin-gallery-of-fine-art-named-best-gallery-in-south-carolina-2015-highlight-hollywood-news/BEST GALLERY IN HAWAII — Genesis Galleries: “16 years… two wildly popular galleries on the Big Island… Genesis Kings offers international work while their Queens location offers only authentic Hawaii work… Known along the Kohala Coast as the highest-rated destination in galleries by Trip Advisor… “ SEE FULL STORY HERE: http://highlighthollywood.com/2015/03/genesis-galleries-named-best-gallery-in-hawaii-2015-highlight-hollywood-exclusive-news/30AAA15.8
BEST GALLERY IN IOWA — Steven Vail Fine Arts: “…one of the state’s better-known galleries for contemporary and modern art… international and high-profile artists, such as Damien Hirst, Willem de Koonig, Chuck Close, Henry Moore, Not Vital and Donald Judd whose works have been exhibited in famous art museums across the world…” SEE FULL STORY HERE: http://highlighthollywood.com/2015/03/steven-vail-fine-arts-named-best-gallery-in-iowa-2015-highlight-hollywood-exclusive-news/
BEST GALLERY IN IDAHO — The Art Spirit Gallery: “… 20 years… high-quality, original work by regional artists… 4,000 square foot… unimaginably high ceilings… promote high-quality art in the resort community of Coeur d’Alene…” SEE FULL STORY HERE: http://highlighthollywood.com/2015/03/the-art-spirit-gallery-named-best-gallery-in-idaho-2015-highlight-hollywood-exclusive-news/30AAA15.9c
BEST GALLERY IN MINNESOTA — Doubletake Gallery: “…a fine art consignment and brokerage service gallery …international Internet presence, with millions of hits…open-to-the-public showroom… LeRoy Neiman, Salvador Dali, Peter Max…” SEE FULL STORY HERE: http://highlighthollywood.com/2015/03/doubletake-gallery-named-best-gallery-in-minnesota-for-2015-highlight-hollywood-exclusive-news/
BEST GALLERY IN NEW JERSEY — Evalyn Dunn Gallery: “It is very rare to find a gallery so successful it is approaching it’s 60th year…features the finest 20th Century American and European art.” SEE FULL STORY HERE: http://highlighthollywood.com/2015/03/evalyn-dunn-gallery-named-best-gallery-in-new-jersey-2015-highlight-hollywood-exclusive-news/
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BEST GALLERY IN ALASKA — Annie Kaill’s Premier Fine Art: “…forty years… commercial regional art by both emerging and mid-career artists, as well as the Northwest’s most famous painters …devotion to the authentic Alaskan landscape…” SEE FULL STORY HERE: http://highlighthollywood.com/2015/03/annie-kaills-premier-fine-art-gallery-named-best-gallery-in-alaska-for-2015-highlight-hollywood-exclusive-news/
BEST GALLERY IN UTAH — Southam Gallery: “…36 years… one of the premier galleries in the Inter Mountain Region… some of the most beautiful paintings we have ever seen anywhere… “ SEE FULL STORY HERE:  http://highlighthollywood.com/2015/03/southam-gallery-named-best-gallery-in-utah-for-2015-highlight-hollywood-exclusive-news/
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www.ThomBierdz.com  Movie of Bierdz’s BLUE X paintings: https://youtu.be/pwyhDVvY01M
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