Juror's Statement | Return to Exhibition
There are 48 artists who have been chosen for this year’s “8th Annual Realism Juried Online International Art Exhibiton”. What is most notable is the variety of images, some of which are somewhat unfamiliar and some of which are masterfully presented.
Herein are comments about those works that are specially recognized in the areas of originality, artistic skill and significance of message.
Scott Baker’s color digital photograph "Catcher of the Eye - Blue" is one of those which captures the unusual through creating a rather controlled linear, organic grid formation then using the natural weather to help present a very striking and handsome piece. The use of blue gives the strong effect of cold and ice. This manmade and natural interplay is remarkable.
Chystal Bates, whose portraiture is always flawless, brings out the personality in each of her portraits. “Portrait #3” with it’s relaxed positioning bodes well with the structure of the curvilinear workings of the chair.
Rached K Bohsali gives the gallery a remarkable body of excellent watercolors generally dealing with boats and water. “Anchor Dip 1”, “Anchor Dip 2”, “Meditarranean Layout” are examples of his mastery with this subject. In another direction of still life Rached continues his expertise in such works as “Homage to a Colleague”, “Laure’s Curse”, “Measuring The Erudition” and “Self-(Re)Views”. These arrangements are not only well done but the added meaning provides a lot of character study and personality. In yet another direction are the works that evoke a taste of humor as found in “Self...Portrait” and “Very Tired Poppies”. Moreover, this artist’s level of achievement reaches high levels in his work “Oriental Charm” which gives contrast to two opposite textural objects.
Of Julio J Bordas’ five selected works, “Arroyo Azul” contrasts two types of trees; the taller and the wider, the green and the red-orange. His sense of detail and the delicate nature of foliage is much appreciated.
Sheila Caim is a fine photographer. In “Night Train” she captures the speed of a rushing train during the night. Here is a good example in which blur makes sense.
John A Calabrese provides again a rich drawing style especially in his work “Leopold Terrace, Atlantic City” (November in My Soul). The contrast of the human figure amidst the building structures works well.
Dennis Cheaney is quite realistic. In his “Still Life with Green Pears” there’s is a vertical and horizontal play as well as a light and dark orchestration.
Ernie L Fournet has five quite outstanding realistic works created with mostly airbrush and one with pencil. “Chad As I Knew Him”, “Final Tribute”, “Hang”, “Knight-Errant w/ Gas Mask” and “The Team Commander” are excellent works giving sincerity and honor to those who dedicate their lives to protect others. These are all very important works.
Michael E Hockenbury presents a delightful still life in his work “The Prospectors”. The oval arrangement depicting Southwestern imagery gives a kind of intimacy.
Joanna Jesse has such a facility with oil and brush. “Laeufer” (Runner) is a very popular scene as excercising is being emphasized all over the world. The use of the blur in the feet really captures the running motion. Another of her fine works is “South Beach” in that she is able to capture a glow in the neon signage reflecting upon the surroundings. The color palette is also very striking.
Chin Mei (Janice) Jie’s piece “It is Nice to Finally Meet You” gives a good message of respect for one another. Compositionally it is interesting and the complementary colors of a green and pink is an added attribute of this quality pastel.
John Leben is a master of pen and ink. In his print “Beach Fence” is noted not only because of his artistic skill but because of the possible idea of fencing in the ocean. Probably though it is a fence demarking land ownership.
Aldo Lira provides drama in his work “Chaos and Renewal”. The fascinating aspect of this work in addition to the masterful oil painting, but the movement in from the left window to the floor and out the door on the opposite side. This is a dynamic piece.
Mike Mazer, a watercolorist of high calibre, shows a rectilinear indoor structure with a lot of volume. “Warehouse, New Bedford Pier” is a nice complement to his water environments.
Tracy J Montoya in his work “Untitled (Father)” a curiosity is developed. The half and half arrangement, left light and right dark; a light young child opposite and dark structure - a panoramic juxtapositioning with mystery.
Ibou Ndoye has two works, “African American” and “Unhealthy Smoke” that use the stump-like tree with dramatic sky formations of clouds and/or smoke. All his paintings give a kind of pleading as seen in the twisted trees.
Karenina Morales uses dry media to create rich drawings of people. “Mama Pily” is one of her stronger works. The back rest of the chair and the folding hands of the woman shows a time of rest for perhaps a very active mother.
Bruce Rigby’s subject of antique cars comes through strikingly in his piece “Long Time Passing”. His ability to render volume with acrylic paint in all his works in this show is to be commended.
Eric O Schneider in his digital photograph “Submarine Green Light” brings thoughts of water in a submarine, yet a nonchalant duck simply floats amidst it all. The geometric and organic counterplay works very well.
Vartan Ter-Avanesyan does justice to the process of etching. “Peter and Paul Fortress” is depicted with a strong vantage point looking up giving strength to the subject together with the sense of scale in comparison to the light post.
Kyle V Thomas’ oil on linen "Muse" presents a woman with child in profile for emphasis. This is recognized because of the message of the importance of woman as mother.
Paul Vauchelet in his work “Cyclon” is quite interesting with the swirling movement around a kind of astounded face within. The medium saturated pinkish and green combination adds to the intriguing situation.
Cleo Wilkinson delves into the deeper aspects of the human condition in her works "Trust", "Third Farewell" and "Seek". The warm earth tones help to portray these heartfelt emotions. Her facility to work in various media is certainly a mark of talent.
Phillip Windell looks at unusual places especially in “On the Hood” and “Dawn at Loretto”, the latter suggests the sense of time - death and a new day.
Michael Joshua Witenstein does portraits by commission. In his work “Ellen and Al” a healthy couple around middle age are nicely presented side by side. In “Snuggling with Grandpa” we have an outstanding piece in that the very young is nestled in the arms of the grandpa. The pink and blue and diagonal arrangement is remarkable.
All works in this year’s show have been chosen for some special quality. Upstream People Gallery is thankful for being able to show artists’ works that stand out above the rest.
Sincerely, Larry Bradshaw
Curator, Professor of Art
Curator, Professor of Art