American Art Awards Best Self-Portraits: Deyhim, McCartin, Marin, LeGrice, Helms, Salo, Von Isser And Tome

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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 showcase, in daily features, the 1st to 6th Place winning images with artists info, one category at a time.
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.40AAA15.1 (1)
I interviewed president of  www.AmericanArtAwards.com, Thom Bierdz (painter of the BLUE X paintings) and asked which artists this year won the SELF-PORTRAIT category. Bierdz explained, “This is an exciting category because the 25 galleries get to see how the artists view themselves. Maryam Deyhim of Iran received highest cumulative gallery scores for her pencil and flower collage. John McCartin came in a close 2nd with an exquisite traditional pose in oil. Clinton Helms and Carmen Tome also scored very high with phenomenal traditional portraits, while John Edward Marin, Linda LeGrice, Steve Salo and Elizabeth Von Isser won for more artsy, interpretive compositions.” 
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CATEGORY 40. SELF-PORTRAIT
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1st   MARYAM DEYHIM    IRAN    www.artendency.com    “Self Portrait”   29.7 x 42cm  Pencil, dried flowers, leaves.
2nd   JOHN MCCARTIN   AUSTRALIA   www.johnmccartin-artist.com   “Self Portrait”   56 x 42cm   Oil on canvas.
3rd   JOHN EDWARD MARIN   USA   www.johnedwardmarin.com   “Imagine”     30 x 40″     Acrylic and charcoal on handmade plywood cradle.
3rd   LINDA LE GRICE    CANADA    www.lindalegrice.com    “Inner Child”    30 x 40″    Oil on canvas.
4th   CLINTON HELMS    USA    www.candeartsstudios.com    “Self Portrait”    30 x 30″   Oil on panel.
5th   STEVE SALO     AUSTRALIA    www.stevesalo.com    “Self Portrait”     19.5 x 15.5″     Oil on linen.
5th   ELIZABETH VON ISSER    USA   www.CreativeReflectionsArt.com    “Window Of My Soul”   24 x 36″  Acrylic on canvas.
6th   CARMEN TOME    CANADA    www.carmentome.com   “Carmen Tome Self Portrait”    12 x 9″    Acrylic on canvas.
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BIO ON 1ST PLACE WINNER MARYAM DEYHIM:
Deyhim, a three-time winner in three different categories in the last three years of American Art Awards, is a multi-skilled artist with a distinctive style. Her work is characterized by fine attention to detail and acute observation of society and human behavior in general and she has built an impressive body of work and continues to experiment with a variety of media.
Dehim’s special interest is in the way that people interact and co-exist both in the modern-day environment and the commonality and contrasts with the past. She captures and contrasts the emotional energy and vibrancy of the crowd or group with the more profound, and often more genuine, emotional response of the individual.
Artist Statement: “Art is more than just an activity that brings pleasure and relaxation for me; it is my means of self-expression, the point of access to a world without boundaries and artificial constraints. I am generally an optimistic person and hope that one day everyone will be truly free and able to express themselves in a world of harmony and equality.” 
SEE MORE OF DEYHIM’S WORK AT HER SITE: maryam@artendency.com
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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/

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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/
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/40AAA15.4
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/40AAA15.5
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/
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…”40AAA15.6
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/
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/40AAA15.7
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/
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/40AAA15.8
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/
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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