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.I interviewed president of www.AmericanArtAwards.com, Thom Bierdz (The Young & The Restless and painter of the BLUE X paintings) and asked which artists this year won the MINIMALISM category
Bierdz explained, “Karen Hansen continues her reign as Queen Of Minimalism placing 1st year another year! Other highest scoring artists include Hoffer, LaPierre, Sievert and Rone. These are brilliant works showing how varied minimalism can be.”
CATEGORY 25. MINIMALISM
1st KAREN HANSEN USA www.KLHansen.com “Hope” 40 x 17″ diptych Acrylic on wood panels.
2nd KAREN HANSEN USA www.KLHansen.com “Each Beat Of My Heart” 4 panels, 37 x 37″ Acrylic on canvas panels.
3rd JAMIE LEE HOFFER USA www.jamieleehoffer.com “Bamboo Dreams” 28 x 28″ Encaustic, India ink, alcohol ink, pigment, bamboo.
4th KAREN HANSEN USA www.KLHansen.com “Touch & Go” 40 x 40″ Acrylic on wood panel.
With a life-long passion for art, Karen Hansen spent 22 years in the field of animation. The filmmaking took her to studios all over the world in a fascinating and challenging industry but painting full time remained her dream – and she has done just that since 2001.
Hansen’s paintings have been exhibited worldwide in both group and solo shows. Her work can be found in public, corporate and private collections around the globe. She has received many awards and commissions. Among them, a Minneapolis “Art for Architecture” competition where she submitted a drawing for a manhole cover design reflecting life in the city. Her award-winning image was cast in brass and is installed in the sidewalk outside the Minneapolis City Center. In 2013 she spent three weeks as an Artist in Residence at the Mark Rothko Centre Museum in Daugavpils, Latvia (Rothko’s birthplace). Her work is now in the museum’s permanent collection. In 2015 she was again an Artist in Residence for two weeks in Civitella d’Agliano, Italy. Her work is now in that museum’s collection with an exhibition scheduled in Rome in 2016.
Hansen is a native of Chicago. In 1985, after many brutal winters in the Midwest, she came to the Los Angeles area and fell in love with sun-drenched Southern California. She now lives in Burbank with her husband and her cat.
She is a member of the Los Angeles Art Association (LAAA) / Gallery 825, Women Painters West and a signature member of International Society of Acrylic Painters (ISAP). Her web site features several series of paintings and a “News” section which offers up-to-date information regarding current and upcoming exhibitions, events and awards.