BEST FIGURATIVE PAINTING: HEIDI ELBERS
Heidi Elbers knew she wanted to be an artist in her early years. She earned her B.A. from Southeastern Louisiana University in 2008 and graduated at the top of her class. While at SELU, she had music and art scholarships and played flute professionally throughout the New Orleans area. She also studied at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts. In 2008, she moved to New York City to attend graduate school at the New York Academy of Art. After completing her MFA in 2010, she moved to Bushwick where she is an active member of the art community. Aside from her studio practice, she currently works as the Director of Exhibitions and Alumni Affairs at the New York Academy of Art.
BEST PROFILE PHOTO: JOSHUA GRAY
BEST WORK IN PROGRESS: TERRY RODGERS
BEST INTERVIEW: JOHN SEED with MARK TRUJILLO
BEST NEW YORK GALLERY: BERNARDUCCI.MEISEL
Having a "that girl" moment thanks to @artdealer @bernarduccimeiselgallery @poetsartists #nyartist #formation @wendyolsoff @lavenderladysupreme @essence #paintingmyhood #brooklynartist #grateful Feeling like the Jefferson's lol! If I am dreaming don't wake me!!! Thank you God and my angel in the sky. Wonder if my mom can see what's going down on 57 th street ?
BEST NEW ARTWORK ON ARTSY: SIRONA FINE ART GALLERY
BEST PORTRAIT: MICHAEL VAN ZEYL
Michael’s formal training began at the American Academy of Art in Chicago, continuing on at Chicago’s Palette & Chisel Academy and the Art Students League in New York, where he studied with the most accomplished artists who also paint directly from life under natural light. Michael is currently a faculty member at the Palette & Chisel and has been a popular instructor for several years.
Michael’s work is already appreciated in many public and private collections, such as the United States District Court, University of Chicago and DePaul University School of Law. He has received awards from the Portrait Society of America, Art Renewal Center, the Oil Painters of America and was the 2014 recipient of the Dorothy Driehaus Mellin Fellowship for Midwestern Artists.
BEST PHOTOREALISM: SHANNON FANNIN
Shannon was born in Long Beach, California. She earned a college scholarship to pursue an art teaching degree for teaching special needs children. However, she put becoming an artist on hold for marriage, a career in marketing, and raising a family. Using her portfolio for a resume, she taught elementary school art for two years through a private academy.
After a 25yr hiatus from an art career, Shannon returned to school to refresh her abilities. She took a handful of courses to reacquaint herself with mediums, and started to build on her style. In fall 2013, she began painting vehicles and dedicated her career to painting large, realistic classic, super, and racing cars as well as motorcycles. She enjoys bringing chrome and carbon fiber alive through her vehicle paintings, and creates a large majority of her paintings with her hands. She lives in Austin with her husband of 26yrs and their college student son.
BEST STILLLIFE: JEFF BESS
Born in Macomb, Illinois in 1958. Primarily an acrylic painter, Jeffrey Bess’ artistic background includes 25 years of graphic design, acrylic on canvas and found object art. Jeff began his fine art studies at Miami Dade Community College and majored in fine art at Illinois State University.
While mostly focusing on surreal landscapes and isolated objects, Simple compositions depict his work as he skillfully and sometimes humorously questions our sense of gravity and place in the universe.
BEST NEW FOLLOW ON INSTAGRAM: SUCHITRA
Capturing human emotion on tiny little canvases is my jam these days ..Close up of "Gratitude", another small painting headed to @gallery1261 for their small works show #smallpaintingsforsale #miniatures #lightskin #lightflow #praying #faith #spirituality #awake #gratitude #human #emotion #emotiveart #artcollector #oilpainting #indianart #indianartist #instaartist #beauty #drawinganatomyandart #drawingwithpaint #denver #denvercolorado #figurativeartist #figure #model