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13th Annual Faces Juried Online International Art Exhibition

Juror's Statement | Return to Exhibition

"This year’s “13th Annual Faces Juried Online International Art Exhibitions” reveals a significant variety of personalities, not only in terms of the individual faces represented but also much is revealed in regards to the artists who created these works.

Following are the juror’s remarks about some of the works by artists who deserve special recognition because of their originality of approach, technical expertise or general mood set by their artwork.

DON ARDAY of Webster, New York has a signature style creating unusual mask-type imagery with his digital prowess. Quite strong are the oval-shaped compositions, especially the piece entitled “Mask Unresolved 2”.

BILL BAKER of Corrales, New Mexico handles pastel in an exquisite manner. His only submission “Guatemalan Corn Husks” shows his technical skill but moreover shows a sense of the colorful outfits of this South American mother and child.

TONY BOUILLON of Fort Wayne, Indiana takes the image of the face to another level that touches on the spiritual. “Inside” shows this quite well in graphite. His “2 Masks” in colored pencil shows the contrast of this spirit quality together with the outlining of another face. Yet another special work is “Nocturne” which shows the face emerging from the darker cloud formations. And with color and graphite he creates "Within You” which adds a bit of mystery with the addition of hand forms.

SHER CHRISTOPHER of Poole, Dorset, United Kingdom brings to the show a rich understanding of colored paper sculpture. These are fascinating in the manipulation of the media. “The First Anniversary” show this highly developed skill. And her piece “The Honeymooners” is also remarkable with the treatment of metal in the car and the wind-blown hair of both people in the car.

IONE CITRIN of Los Angeles, California is widely known and she excels in her piece “Masquerade” wherein the centrally depicted woman’s face is involved with multiple layers with fantasy and realism working together.

BOB CRAIG of Vancouver, B. C., Canada captures the character of the this American Indian with mixed media. “After Treaty Seven” shows the worn face in the foreground with wolves on the land behind and the cityscape in the background. His “Faces on the Wall” is nicely handled with a central indian figure with a montage of other people. And “Memory Shirt” shows the images on the clothing with the headdress on the head which gives a sense of radiance in its light blue coloration. Also, “Patchwork Madonna” is another rich treatment using collage textures, with the warm figure and cool background.

IOANA DATCU of Vermont, Illinois takes some photographs at a beauty shop. Her digital work “Beauty #3” is interesting in that the hairdresser seems concerned in getting it right and the girl being treated also seems a bit concerned as well. The black and white photograph helps to focus in on the message.

PHILIPPE de KRAAN of Mornington, Victoria uses gouache to create faces in bold color sections. “Elusive Grace” shows this rather ‘Cubistic' treatment. His piece “Solace” shows the calm in the facial treatment which is contrasted with the several linear parts of the colorful hair. “Untitled” is also quite well planned with the bold sections of the face, hair and shoulders.

YUSAF GAD of Toronto, Ontario, Canada also has a keen sense of tonal shape analysis as seen in his piece “Dick Cheney”. This is well developed in his work “Odin Contemplates” which takes tenebrism to a high level and the simple use of brown, black and white make this quite impressive.

GEORGE S. GATI of Poughquag, New York questions time in his photographic inkjet print “Will this be me at the end of my life? (Self-Portrait No. 4)”. The pink and blue seems somehow appropriate and the level of blur puts it in a more ethereal perspective. “Mourning” is quite nice with the delicacy of the downcast face is nicely framed with the dark scarf.

ROBERT GILBERT is certainly creative with his digital photo montage process. “Saying Good Bie, Day of the Dead” is strange yet indicative of some ot the ‘Day of the Dead’ artworks. “Shaman” is indeed strangely weird which certainly fulfills the intention of the artist.

DEVLIN GOLDWORM of Dodge City, Kansas displays his outstanding skill with graphite drawing as seen in his “Self-Portrait” which is somewhat atypical due to the side profile. The treatment of the eyes and hair capture the handsomeness of facial hair. His acrylic painting “Trouble with Twins” is on a more humorous note, nicely presented with the rather symmetrical positive/negative format.

MILA TAPPERI HAJJAR of Miami, Florida uses mixed media on canvas. Her use of red seems to enhance her content. “Construyendo el Futuro” (Building the Future) uses various imagery around a female face. The men painting on a high wall adds to the building idea. Richly developed with paint quality enhanced with fantastic images such as the flying insect whose head becomes the nose of another face, she creates “La Envidia” (Envy) with a hint of the green eye shadow. And “Mentiras” (Lies) shows a dramatic facial expression with a wide-open mouth as if yelling or screaming. And the work “Voci di Dentro” (Voices from Inside) is the most varied in textural treatment. This is awesome indeed.

MELISE HILL of Leamington, Ontario, Canada has her own unique style as seen in her original oil paintings. “Artic” shows the rather high key treatment of a anguished face tied up with string or wire wrapped around the face tightly drawn. This same approach is used in “Friction”, a trio of faces all wrapped up.

RON JANOWICH of Gainesville, Florida captures a nice portrait of a young lady with flowing hair which works well with the light patterns on the wall behind her. “Ashley #1” is very delicate in gray tones and white tones. Another work that is rich in other ways is “Tjasa #1” wherein a reddish hair woman looks on in her orange dress. The bright light from the left adds to the drama.

MARC JEAN of Deltona, Florida combines visual effects with faces. The most successful is the digital photograph “Contemplating Rain”. The sense of depth created and the drips of rain give a kind of emotional quality to the work.

NICOLE JEFFORDS of Austin, Texas has some tender works in oil especially seen in her painting “Alan Greenspan” which captures the character of the man with his adjusting of his glasses so much a part of his personality.

JOSEPH L. KAGLE, JR. of Kingwood, Texas has a sense of rich painterly quality in his depictions of “Anne, My Love” in a rather neo-expressionistic mode. This strong development is also seen in his “Self-Portrait”. Both are very dynamic.

MICHAEL A. KENNEDY of Laurinburg, North Carolina has mastered the media of ink as seen in his heartwarming drawing “Bestfriends” - the dog as man’s best friend, even when the playful one gnaws at the man’s hand in play.

ANNA KULIK of Saint Louis, Missouri shows a strong interpretation of the human spirit trying to get ahead in her magazine collage “Ambition”. The high value contrast and special imagery help to represent this drive.

PAT KUMICICH of Naples, Florida has some marvelous pieces in this showcase of faces. Especially attractive is the fact that these works are made of fiber “Hmmm...” is quite rich in textural development and the logos of the two political parties help to get the message across. Continuing with the theme of decision-making “My Struggle” shows the three faces in a quandary with the hands on the faces. “Should I?” is another special work, as with the others using fiber in various patterns and the added text ‘should i stay or should i go?’ Apart from the other works that deal with a question, “The Eyes Have It” is a wonderful play of various patterns and colors.

JASON LIMBERG of Cudahy, Wisconsin brings fantasy to the show. “Florence” shows a face and parts of an animal with jaws open another face with glasses and a kind of flower with petals at the top. The placement of these parts adds a kind of mystery, yet is integrated rather well. His other graphite drawing works much the same way with the segments strategically placed.

KOSTAS LOUDOVIKOS of Volos, Greece creates with the media of tempera. Especially strong is his work “Aerope the Blue Blood of Death in the Air”, successful with the flowing warm and cool linear movements across the fluid-like facial features. And “Fool Evaggelia” is awesome in its strangeness and the many varied parts including the added coins. The treatment of the face and its color adds to the intrigue. “Fool Evaggelia Turns Out Feathers” created in graphite, also shows the adept use of his rich line qualities. Adding to the mix is “Glory” with the surreal play of faces at the tips of a hand form with butterflies and walking people silhouetted in the background. And “Treasures of Mourning” also shows the great imagination of this artist.

DAVE MANIQUEZ of Omaha, Nebraska is an avid collage artist. His piece “Self-Portrait When I Paint My Masterpiece” is an assemblage of many parts. “Masked & Anonymous #1 and #2” both play with the idea of masking identities. “Stars of the Masquerade” is filled with mixed media to show a carnival-like celebration.

MELISSA McCRINK of Morris Plains, New Jersey has some strong expressions of emotions as seen in “Despair” with the lying figure with hand covering the face. The gray clothing adds to the intention. Using the same reclining figure position, she shows the sleeping figure in “Out” in nice warm hues. In much the same way, she expresses “Tranquil”. The work “Wish” shows a different approach yet close up like the others. Here the hands are positioned in a praying position. The wet lips is a nice touch.

DON MICHAEL, JR., of N. Las Vegas, NV presents an ambitious array of character studies. One of the upbeat moods is seen in his acrylic painting “Delight”. His piece “Independent Spirit” shows the dynamic energy created by his textural treatment and his choice in showing a young girl with reddish hair. On a more serious note, he fills the view with a close up wherein the eyes are intently staring out in his painting “Prove It”.

DENNIS MURPHY of Columbia, Missouri has a unique approach using the symbolic image of a target with various images to express his point. “Target #3” is rather curious with the padlocks and the red wrapped lollipop containing green eyes.

MARY-ANNE MURPHY of WOODSTOCK, ONTARIO, CANADA shows her exceptional drawing skills in all her works. “Ernie” shows the true-to-life rendition of the person. Another outstanding drawing is “Essence” showing every delicate feature of the face, including the glasses. Other accomplishments of her abilities are seen in “Jeffrey” with the short hair and the long beard. Capturing the effect of dreadlocks in a superior manner is seen in her depiction of “Jerry”. And with such skill she shows “Love & Lineage” in her piece of a father and child. The gentle expression and care is truly felt in the soft rendering of the child set next to the gridded pattern of the father’s shirt.

PENNY MURPHY of Kingwood, Texas is a master painter. Her oil paintings are truly masterpieces as seen in her artwork “Cousins”. The rendering of the water and the texture of the wet hair in addition to the smooth skin of the two children is quite accomplished indeed. “Life Goes Round” is a good title showing the child holding on the pole of a horse on a merry-go-round. The brightness of the child’s face is reinforced with the dark on the left. The image of Christ dying on the cross in the upper left contrasts, yet enlivens the idea of life. “Lindsay” is well executed in oil showing all the skill necessary to give a realistic approach and quite nice is the vantage point in this above perspective. Showing a strong emotion, she creates “The Bathroom Mirror” which visually is interesting as well. And also showing one of life’s events she creates a little child holding the stomach in “Tummy Ache”. All these works are truly remarkable!

SEAN M. NEARY of New Orleans, Louisiana depicts various people using collage in a rather sophisticated way. One of the accomplished pieces is “Martha” wherein U. S. Currency is used for such an individual. Another interesting work is “Saddam” which shows him being examined by a doctor.

GUY PAIZY of Lourmarin, France uses text and specially positioned faces to present his ideas. “Please Don’t Leave Me” is repeated in white on black at the bottom of the piece and the woman depicted looks as if she is pleading with her eyes closed and chin projected forward. And with the same text treatment he shows a man at sleep with the text in parentheses stating “Snoring Continues”.

ASHLEY PHIPPS of Mechanicsville, Virginia sections parts of the face for dramatic appeal as seen especially well done in “Walter”. This solarized technique works well for all of her pieces.

CHRISTOPHER M. REGISTER of Rice, Virginia has a signature style using relief engraving to produce some skillful works. Especially engaging is “J. E. Hoover” in which the face fills the frame. The hatching of lines and the areas of looser lines is quite effective. Another strong work is “N. L. Gingrich” which is successful in the square format. And in a rather freely formed oval frame he presents “T. F. Bakker” which works well with finer line patterns.

DAVID ROSALES of Fontana, California has a special understanding of the "Passion of the Christ” as seen in his sculpture work “Ample Concept” in which he does not shy away from showing the torture Jesus went through showing the agony and blood from the crown of thorns and the bruises from the scourging and falling carrying the heavy cross. This work is staggering and very hard to view.

ANN SALK ROSENBERG of Newton, Massachusetts presents some delightful works, rich in color and pattern to enliven the viewer. “The Devil Made Me Eat It” is an interesting take on the many comfort foods. The black and white figure, centered in the composition, gives order to the piece. Also dealing with food she creates “Good Health Good Food” with the many fruits and vegetables in a colorful array. The lighter standing figure in the middle gives strength and focus to the work. The piece “Artist in the Museum” shows the larger feature of the face and mostly created in black and white, the areas of colored patterns is nicely positioned throughout. Also, “What Face Will I Wear Today?” is rather humorous yet thought provoking in that it asks the question about how we feel from day to day. The bright and rich coloration makes for a bright and positive outlook, whatever day it is.

ROBERT SOLARI of Elmwood Park, Illinois has a rather straightforward approach to his facial expressions. Of particular note, “Poker Face” seems to accomplish just that in a special stylized approach. The way the eyes are created really makes the piece work.

STELLA STEEL of Madison, Wisconsin uses digital photographic prints to expresses several ideas. “Make Up Your Mind” shows nine faces with color choices being made or not made. “My Own Worst Enemy” is very strong with a diagonality that impacts the concept. The use of the word ‘everlast’, the facial expression and other imagery together with the color combinations makes for an effect work. Her work “Sea Green Universe” is playful and fun and quite entertaining. And another great piece is this change of life decision found in the text of “Yoga Pants”. Kind of like a diary entry, it is strong in color contrast and rich in text treatment.

JANYCE SUKOW of Puyallup, Washington is a realist painter’s painter. Her technique is flawless in many respects as seen in “Innocence”, done in oil, showing a child in white with a delicate white bonnet contrasted with the dark wood grain of the fence behind. “Irish Lass” is beautifully rendered with the light effects on the face. Another fine work is “Song from The Old Country”. And moreover, one of her finest works is “Virginia Belle” with the smooth skin, the paisley printed dress, the warm portrait against the blue sky and the complementary violet and yellow colors. And too, “Worship” comes across tenderly with the singer’s eyes closed and the strong light reflecting on top of the head.

TORE TERRASI of Arlington, Texas has an interesting way of working with manipulating digital photography. His piece “Anger” in yellow tones and facial expression does work. The figure without a background gets the point across very well. Also, “Identity Crisis” is strong in much the same manner. The white areas does help in terms of not identifying the face but rather taking away parts the facial identity

STACIE TURNER of West Hartford, Connecticut captures three children, all with smiles in “Friends”, which is rather endearing. Also her piece “Big Sister” continues her visual vocabulary of youth

IDELLE OKMAN TYZBIR of Valencia, California has a richly developed work in “A Mother’s Life” showing various aspects of the family and events in time. The transparent overlay of the face in the middle gives a sense of depth of character.

JAMES VOGEL of Petaluma, California juxtaposes imagery in a collage technique dealing with the theme of the founding fathers. Especially interesting is his work entitled “Franklin” wherein he takes sections of the dollar bill placed around the face of Benjamin Franklin.

ALICE C. WALSH of Carmel, New York takes ‘one liners’ in strips and places them in the hair and other features of the face to help portray her message of “I Am What I Read”. This is certainly an important statement.

RANDOLFE CLINTON WILLIAMS of Deltona, Florida has some thought provoking photographs. “Arriving on the Platform” is quite effective in the close up. “The Boy in My Arms Wasn’t You” makes for an interesting piece in that one wonders if she lost her boy? Or where is her child? And “Kiss” is terrific in that it is gentle and loving, showing young and old together. Also quite curious is “Your Move” with the young man having the words ‘gentleman’ on the left arm and ‘gang’ on the other. Another loving message is given in “I Need You Now” showing the care of a younger person for an older person. The parallel directions of the arm and the hair is a good compositional strategy.


Laurence Bradshaw
Curator, Professor of Art