Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Lee Alban and Karen Wickham works from the PaintAmerica Top100

Today's featured artists include two painters that are new to PaintAmerica shows.

Lee Alban broke into his first PaintAmerica show in a big way - with two paintings in the Top100 and two in the Mini Top50 Classically trained at the Schuler School of Fine Arts in Baltimore, his paintings are noted for their depth and color. His winning paintings show the broad range of subject, media and versatility. His two Top100 works are 18" x 24" oil "Yellow Hibiscus" ($5,000) and 25"x30" oil "Family Tradition" ($7,000).  In the mini competition, Lee placed with 10"x8" oil "American Graffitti" ($2,200) and 11"x14" watercolor "Bandelier National Monument" ($1,400). Lee's work has been exhibited in numerous museums and galleries and have won awards in every genre. His pieces are frequently featured in books, as well as national and international publications.

Karen Wickham is a California realist. Karen is both a scientist, with a doctorate in Biochemistry from UCLA, and an artist. She sees similarities between the two fields. Her work has evolved from a more minimalist, abstract approach to a more realistic feel. We think she has found a good balance in her recent work - often referred to as Painterly Realism. The piece pictured here was a 2009 PaintAmerica Top100 winner entitled "Ocean Shoreline," a 36"x18"oil ($1,700). Karen also had a mini painting in the Second Mini50. We're glad to have her work in the show, and look forward to seeing more in the future.

For more information, or to purchase, contact PaintAmerica Association, 816.806.3340

Saturday, February 20, 2010

The Work of Harry Ahn and Clark Wilcox

Harry Ahn is a new participant in PaintAmerica shows, but he's certainly not new to the art world. The Michigan artist is one of America's most prominent portrait artists. Harry has done dozens of one-man shows, been exhibited internationally, won numerous Best of Shows, and been a prolific commissioned portrait artist for many years. His paintings are known for transforming everyday subjects and settings into something extraordinary. This 24"x30" oil painting, "Let Me Think This Over" ($8,500), captures a common situation, but is painted with a spirit that it makes it something special. It was juried into the 2009 PaintAmerica Top100.

Clark Wilcox was born and raised in Montana, but now resides in Wyoming. With a Top100 and a Mini Top50 painting in the 2009 PaintAmerica Top100, Clark has now had paintings accepted into the last three PaintAmerica competitions. "Paradise Valley" ($1,800) is a 24"x20" oil, in the Top100. His mini painting, "Lady of the Lake Creek" ($450) is a 12"x9" oil. Clark has studied with several prominent artists, and has been accepted into numerous other juried shows including the C.M. Russell Art Auction in Great Falls, and the Yellowstone Art Museum’s annual auction in Billings. With these recent successes, Clark continues to grow as an artist to watch.

For purchase inquiries, contact PaintAmerica Association at 816.806.3340.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Thursday Featured Artists: Neil Adamson, PAA and William Wray

Florida artist Neil Adamson, PAA, is a member of the PaintAmerica Signature Society (PAA). His work has been chosen in four of the last six PaintAmerica competitions. In the 2009 PaintAmerica show, he had an amazing three pieces in the Top100 and three pieces in the Mini Top50. Found in prominent corporate offices, Neil’s paintings are in private collections in Saudi Arabia, Canada, England, Switzerland, Puerto Rico and throughout the United States. "Soaring the Canyon," ($950) "River Garden" ($950) and "Everglades Sanctuary" ($1,500) were juried into the this year's PaintAmerica Top100. "Egrets/Everglades," ($475) "Sandhill Crane" ($425) and "Marsh Resident" ($450) were his mini paintings. Still painting into his 70's, Neil's work just keeps getting better and better.

William Wray may be mostly known for his painting style on the Ren and Stimpy Show, his monthly strip in Mad Magazine and his collaborations with Mike Mignola on Hellboy Jr.  But now he is concentrating on his fine art. Wray has developed a wonderful painting style, capturing the nostalgic feel of the early 2Oth century’s art and architecture. In "The Choice," ($3,000) Wray has added an urban feel to this style that jurors felt warranted his inclusion in the 2009 PaintAmerica Top100. Wray's work has been featured in Southwest Art, American Art Collector and The Artist magazines. This was Wray's first appearance in a PaintAmerica show - and we hope to see many more.

Contact PaintAmerica at 816.806.3340 if you are interested in any of these works

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Today's PaintAmerica Top100 Featured Artists: Sandy Askey-Adams and Amy Bartlett Wright

Pennsylvania artist Sandy Askey-Adams is becoming a frequent winner in PaintAmerica competitions. Her beautiful pastels have now been juried into three PaintAmerica shows. "After the Rain" was juried into the this year's PaintAmerica Top100. She also had another painting in the Second100. "After the Rain" is "16x24" pastel, priced at $2,800. Sandy is one of the friendliest people you'll ever meet, and is very popular among other artists for her networking and social media skills.

 Amy Bartlett Wright of Portsmouth, RI, also had two works juried into the 2009 PaintAmerica show - one in the Mini Top50 and another in the Mini Second50. "Osprey Island" was her Mini Top50 winner. It is a 10"x16" acrylic, priced at $1,000. Amy was a winner in the 2008 PaintAmerica Top100, with a much larger piece, more in line with what she usually paints. With a degree in Scientific Illustration, she is well-known for her large scale murals for zoos and animal habitats.

Contact PaintAmerica at 816.806.3340 if you are interested in any of these works.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Today's PaintAmerica Top100 Featured Artists: Patrick Abellon and Joseph Yarnell, PAA-M

Patrick Abellon's oil painting, "The Herd" marks Pat's second appearance in a PaintAmerica show. He had a mini painting in the 2007 show. "The Herd" is "16x20" oil on canvas, priced at $1,500. Pat is originally from the Phillipines, and is definitely an "up and coming" talented artist. In addition to this painting, Pat also had a piece in the Second100.

Joseph Yarnell of Skiatook, OK, is no stranger to PaintAmerica shows. As a PaintAmerica Master Circle Member, Joseph has had work selected in five of the seven PaintAmerica national competitions to date. He has been a previous Juror Award Winner, and his painting, "Homeward Bound" was this year's Jim Bruce Juror's Award Winner. This 12" x 24" acrylic of Canada Geese migration is priced at $1,500. Joseph also had a Mini Top50 winner, "Resting Wren." It is an 8" x 10" acrylic, available at $600. Yarnell also had another painting in the Second 100.