“Abstracts” Art Exhibition 2021 – Overall Category

The Overall Winning Artists Category consists of the 10 Best Entries received from the 3 media categories of the Painting & Other Category, Photography & Digital Category and the 3 Dimensional Art categories. 

The winning artists will now be featured on the Light Space & Time website for the month of March 2021 and thereafter, the artworks and links to the artist’s websites will remain online in the Light Space & Time Archives.

The overall winning artists’ category of the 12th Annual "Abstracts" Art Exhibition will receive extensive worldwide publicity and promotion.  In addition, the overall winning artists will also receive extensive worldwide publicity in the form of email marketing, 550+ press release announcements, event announcement posts and social media marketing. 

Winning artists will also have their art exhibition results posted and promoted on ArtJobs/ArtWeek. Artweek/Artjobs produces 800,000 page impressions per month, 280,000 website visitors per month and has 30,000 newsletter subscribers.  

Congratulations to our artists who made our 12th Annual “Abstracts” Art Exhibition so successful this month. At any time, we invite our winners and other interested visitors to link their websites to the Gallery’s Archive section for further ongoing promotion.

The Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery will have digital “Abstracts” Award Certificates, Event Postcard, and Press Releases sent to the winning artists within the next few weeks. Thank you to all of the artists who participated and for being a part of the gallery.  To return to the “Abstracts” Home Page click here.

To view the artwork in the image gallery’s below, click on a thumbnail image and that will take you to the Slide Show, which will then contain larger images. Artists can now post their images directly to their social media networks (See lower left-hand side of the Lightbox).  In order to leave the Slide Show at any time, just click on the X at the upper right side of the Lightbox in order to escape and that will take you back to the thumbnails images.

 1st Place – Overall - Ingrid Black – “The Cosmic Eye”

1st-place-OA-94-POM.-Ingrid-Black-–-The-Cosmic-Eye-bIngrid Black is a self-taught artist who has worked with acrylics for over 35 years. Since retiring from her real estate career in 2008, she has devoted herself to art. She has had four solo exhibitions and has participated in numerous group exhibitions since then. Her cityscapes were very popular in the eighties. She went on to paint a series of portraits of performing artists, capturing her subjects’ energy on stage - depicting them in a surrealistic style. When she submitted her portrait of Bob Marley to the Bob Marley website in 2012, it went viral.

While she was painting portraits, she liked to paint birds and other animals, on occasion, which led to a series of bird paintings - realistic depictions of birds in settings normally associated with human beings. Also very popular, these paintings tell a story, often with humorous undertones.

She ventured into abstracts in 2016. Her fascination with texture, colour, contrast and light is evident in her abstract creations. In 2020, David Stark, Editor/Publisher of two websites, who has been involved in the music scene in London, England for many years, purchased the right to use Magical Mystery Tour, her psychedelic painting of the Beatles, for the cover of his new book, It’s All Too Much.

Ingrid Black’s work comprises a wide range of styles and subject matter - she tries something new just about every year. Not doing so would make her feel as though she is standing still. She is a member of The Lakeshore Association of Artists in Pointe Claire, Quebec, and The Society of Canadian Artists.

Ingrid’s website is www.ingridblack.com

2nd Place – Overall - Jim Bob Swafford – “Heartbeat”

2nd-Place-OA-31-POM.-Jim-Bob-Swafford-–-Heartbeat-bJim Bob was born in 1940 in Decatur, Texas in Wise County. He grew up on a farm in Ropes, Texas in the panhandle. His style moved toward elements of what he saw as unique to the southwest of the country that includes its history. Over a period of time, Jim Bob enhanced style developed into stronger use of color with an emphasis on the essence of subject matter. Jim Bob primarily paints southwest landscapes, western lifestyle, cowboy life, wildlife, and floral. Jim Bob is a Leanin’ Tree artist. His art has been featured artist in Western Horseman and on the cover the Rocky Mountain Rider magazine. Jim Bob was one of many artist selected by invitation to exhibit in The Artist of the West show. Jim Bob’s work was in the top 100 for exhibit in the Arts for the Parks in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Jim Bob is a first cousin to Max Evans novelist. Max’s novel the “Rounders” was made into a movie starring Glenn Ford and Henry Fonda. Currently as a member of the Western Art Rodeo Association, he is a featured artist in competition with other artist. He is a member and featured artist of the Western Art Association.

Jim Bob can be reached via his email.    

3rd Place – Overall - John H Diephouse - "Inclined to Rise”

3rd-Place-OA-88-pd.-John-H-Diephouse-Inclined-to-RisebI am a primarily self-taught photographer who began exhibiting my images about fifteen years ago. This transition marked a qualitative shift in both my interest level and satisfaction with the results, due to the advantages of digital over traditional film photography. The ability to take a large volume of images without the expense of film and the ease of edits in the “digital darkroom” has encouraged me to experiment and expand my skills significantly. After retiring from a professional management career, I have taken advantage of my time in retirement to explore the technical and creative sides of this media more fully.

At this point in my development, I seek to share images with which I has a strong and instinctive personal connection. Images may be simply documentary, invoke a sense of time and place, or resonate as an abstract blend of color, shape or form. Others provoke an indefinable question that does not readily yield answers without further study and reflection.

My creative process follows an intuitive yet patterned path, from capturing a digital image through the process of interacting with and refining the image, searching for the combination of elements that produces an instinctive but undeniable connection. Most often, the images that provoke the strongest connection are those that do not produce an immediate reaction but provoke a response through repeated contact and consideration over time.

I have exhibited widely and been given positive notices in local, regional, and national exhibitions, as well as national fine art photography magazines. My photographs were also selected to hang in the Michigan Governor’s Mansion as part of a yearlong exhibition highlighting State of Michigan artists.

John can be reached via his email.        

4th Place – Overall - Lori Lankford - "Tunnel to the Future”

4th-Place-OA-32-pd.-Lori-Lankford-Tunnel-to-the-Future-bLori Lankford is an established nature photographer, digital artist and instructor. Her passion for photography began as a way to capture her personal travel adventures. Over the years, she dived into the fine details of macro and flower photography.  She loves to escape so deeply into the details of a tiny object. Lori spends her free time in local gardens across the country shooting in the natural light and capturing its beauty. 

This collection of images were created capturing light through colored bottles and household objects. They are a reminder of the beautiful colors and light that exist in the world even during our darkest times.

Lori’s website is www.lorilankford.com  

5th Place – Overall - Wei Yan – “Beauty in Disguise”

5th-Place-OA-221-POM.-Wei-Yan-–-Beauty-in-Disguise-cWei Yan was born in Beijing of China. He graduated from Capital Normal University in 1991. He then went on to study at Seneca College in Toronto Canada and has been a full time artist since 1995.

He has participated and been accepted into numerous international art shows including Paris, Rome, Toronto, Beijing and Zurich.

His works are represented by galleries in Canada, including Harbor Gallery and Gallery 1313.

Wei Yan’s website is www.yanwei.ca  

6th Place – Overall - Stan Johnson - "Post Modern Whooey”

6th-Place-OA-15-pd.-Stan-Johnson-Post-Modern-Whooey-cStan Johnson moved to Arizona in 1989 and co-founded Recent Developments, LLC with his partner Cheryl Hrudka. Recent Developments is a fine art photographic concern specializing in landscapes for corporate and hospital environments. The partners took a new direction shortly after 2007 and began to explore the virtually unlimited non-representational possibilities offered by a variety of digital software.

Digital art’s nearest living relative is photography. Generations passed before photography was allowed in the “family” picture. Things are moving a good deal faster today. Digital art is facing a similar gauntlet, but the course will be far shorter.

“I am a structural expressionist. At first, the two concepts seem ill suited. This awkward synthesis creates the dynamic tension in my work. By alternating structure (expression) in the figure and expression (structure) in ground, the forces at play can be reconciled. This process can be reversed as well.”

Stan’s website is www.analteredview.com  

7th Place – Overall - Elle McCarthy - "Split Personality”

7th-Place-OA-14-POM.-Elle-McCarthy-Split-Personality-bElle McCarthy is a late blooming, self-taught artist, who is based in New Jersey, USA.  In early 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic pushed her to find a release valve for the associated stress.  Art came calling; she answered. A spare bedroom was transformed into an “artist den”.  Her husband and her social media friends gave her encouragement to continue pursuing her newly found passion.  Several of her pieces were selected as finalists in the many online, juried art contests she entered, just four months after she created her very first painting.  She is now striving to improve her technical skills and works in the studio daily.

Elle’s website is www.artbyellemccarthy.com  

8th Place – Overall - Barbara Handler – “Me Mesa”

8th-Place-OA-229-POM.-Barbara-Handler-–-Me-Mesa-bSince early childhood, I have loved painting, drawing and making things, and have explored many materials and approaches to art. Currently, I am more involved in painting in watercolors and acrylics. I love the challenge of creating the tenuous balance of interesting shapes, and the push-pull of complimentary colors and textures.

Barbara’s website is http://barbarahandler.com   


9th Place – Overall - Gareth Jones – “Punctuation Series - Exclamation point”

9th-Place-OA-149-pd.-Gareth-Jones-–-Punctuation-Series-Exclamation-point-bPhotography is Gareth’s artistic release and brings his imagination, vision and inquisitive mind to visual life following a career as a forensic scientist. Gareth’s art explores bold abstracts or unique perspectives created from his original photographs or digital art.

Gareth presents moments of beauty, quiet joy or intrigue in balance with the need to draw attention to important issues. Everyone needs a break from today’s unending negative news and Gareth provides a breather from the stress of today’s world. He still brings difficult issues into his art - but is convinced that balance is the critical life component and as such, hopes his art will heal this disparate world through creative expressions, thoughtful moments and visual enjoyment or challenge.

Gareth photographs everything, big and small, that makes him stop, look, think, smile, or feel and then puts his unique take on it. Gareth’s images often offering something to everyone. His curiosity fuels exploration of the world via the abstract, urban, and imaginative images that arise. Gareth is touching people with his images and that is his inspiration.

Gareth’s art can be found in private collections in Canada but have also been sold around the world in places such as Brazil, England, France, Chile, Turkey, Australia, and Slovakia.

Gareth’s website is www.gpjones1.format.com

10th Place – Overall - Barbara Kreutter - "Edge & Conclusion”

10th-Place-OA-111-pd.-Barbara-Kreutter-Edge-Conclusion-bOver many years of being a professional weaver, glass blower and then a photographer, the interplay of colour has been Barb’s creative motivator. She has always been drawn to capture the subtle, beautiful patterns and textures found in everyday life.

Photography has allowed Barb to not only document what she sees, but to express how she feels when seeing it. Over the past few years, she has been exploring uses for the technological components within her camera, using more abstract methods like intentional camera movement and in camera multiple exposures, to create her images.

She is known to tell others “It is my wish that you will enjoy how I see life, as if you were standing next to me and are inspired to look more carefully at the world around you. Maybe you will discover beauty where you thought there was none.”

Barbara’s website is https://kreutter.zenfolio.com

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