The Overall Winning Artists Category consists of the 10 Best Entries received from the 2 media categories of the Painting & Other Media Category and the Photography & Digital Category.
The winning artists will now be featured on the Light Space & Time website for the month of February 2018 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 "CityScapes" Art Exhibition will receive extensive worldwide publicity by having their winning art presented on Artsy.net. The LST Artsy.net page will feature the artist’s art, an excerpt of their artist's statement and their website URL’s as part of the gallery’s overall prize package.
In addition, the winning artists will also receive extensive worldwide publicity in the form of email marketing, 1000+ 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 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 8th Annual “CityScapes” 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 “CityScapes” Award Certificates, Event Postcard, and Press Releases sent to the winning artists within the next week or so. Thank you to all of the artists who participated and for being a part of the gallery. To return to the CityScapes Home Page here.
1st Place - Jeffrey Friedkin – “Soho Afternoon”
Jeffrey Friedkin is a fine art and street photographer, specializing in capturing the energy, vibrancy, and isolation of New York City. Jeffrey is a juried photography member of the prestigious Salmagundi Art Club in NYC. He is the Vice Chairman of the Public Relations Committee and serves on the Photography Committee for the Salmagundi Art Club.
A multiple award-winning photographer, Jeffrey has widely exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the tri-state area in addition to a large international online presence. His work has been featured on various news sites and is held in private collections and clubs. A series of his photographs have recently been acquired by the Yuko Nii permanent collection at the Williamsburg Art and Historical Center in Brooklyn, NY.
Jeffrey Friedkin’s photography employs a synthesis of the artistic eye and technology. His work focuses on New York life: the streets, people, architecture, and nature. The lush rural landscapes and sparkling seascapes of the Hudson River Valley region equally inspire him. His images tell these stories. Jeffrey's website http://www.jeffreyfriedkin.com
2nd Place – Martina Krupičková – “Tram No. 2”
Martina Krupičková was born in the Czech town of Světlá nad Sázavou, which is approximately 100 km from Prague, Czech Republic.
In 1990, one year after the Velvet Revolution, Martina commenced Fashion Design and Textile studies at a prestige school in Brno. These studies, lasting four years, improved her design, drawing and painting skills. However, it would be some time before these would be put into practice as the world was opening up to Czechs, who could now travel abroad relatively easily.
In 1995 Martina traveled to London, working as an au pair and spending her leisure time sketching subjects in St. James’s Park. In 1998 she spent six months traveling in the United States meeting people who made her realize anything was possible. In 1999 Martina returned to Prague and started to paint oil on a black canvas using a palette knife.
Martina Krupičková has since had 28 exhibitions, including works in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Art Tentation Monaco and the Edinburgh Art Fair. Martina holds a few awards and also had started to cooperate with the most important Czech auction houses.
Martina’s statement about her artistic journey follows. “My first oil painting was in 1999 as a Christmas gift for my partner and has resulted in many more paintings since; all characterized by strong color and bold strokes on a black background playing with light and shadow. A palette knife is used in the creation of these paintings. Since that first painting in 1999, I believe I’ve developed my own style. The light is the most important part of the painting. It can give the right sparkle or completely destroy it. The challenge is to capture the right balance of light and shadow to add depth. My pictures draw on personal experiences that are a reflection of the visible – landscapes, cityscapes and transport.” Her website is www.martinakrupickova.com
3rd Place – David Blank – “Thiele Tanning – Milwaukee”
Many of my images are of ordinary views – the buildings and back alleys you walk by every day but rarely have time to really see. I like to stand still in these spaces, photograph them, and slowly, carefully, apply photographic techniques that elevate their artistic nature.
Most of my work is representational. The prints begin as original photographs taken where mixed features of the land, water, and sky meet and present visually striking views. They contain a variety of textures, colors, forms, gradients, and interesting juxtapositions of foregrounds and backgrounds.
Then, Photoshop becomes my darkroom. I have developed a number of digital techniques I use to reimagine each photo into a style that appears both drawn and painted. As with traditional painting, colors and textures are created with the desire to develop visually interesting images that have an emotional impact and encourage the viewer to imagine an internal narrative.
No two images are treated the same. Each completed image is evolutionary; requiring many hours and transformations to achieve the desired effect. http://milwaukeeimpressions.com
4th Place – Josie Tilton – “Urbanite Musings”
Josie Tilton, a self-taught artist, is a German-born immigrant who escaped the clutches of Soviet-led East Germany at the age of 11. She brings to her work the richness of her youth in Saxony behind the “Iron Curtain,” the values of her education in western Germany’s Moselle and Hunsrueck regions, and the variety of her life and career in America’s West and Midwest. An accomplished artist in multiple media, Josie began painting in 1978 while living in Germany with her husband on a US Air Base.
She has been fine-tuning her artistic talents for more than 30 years while completing a career in the Federal Government as a Senior International Trade Specialist. International and American artists such as Katharina Lohse, Klaus Bühler, Gerhard Richter and Sandy Ezell have inspired her to start, to be creative, and to develop her skills. Growing up under the oppressed, gray and black colors of the Iron Curtain, she now looks towards the expressive use of vibrant colors in all of her paintings. Being a German immigrant opened her eyes to the world and the contrasts and colors from one place to another. As a U.S. Air Force military spouse and having lived in various parts of the United States and overseas, she draws experiences from various times and places in her life.
She now is retired and actively pursues her lifelong artistic passion and continuously expands her vision as an artist in various media and genres. She is very involved in the local art community. She leads twice a month an art group and encourages anyone to be creative, no matter what artistic medium is being used, or what level of experience it brings. She is featured at galleries and exhibits throughout the Virginia Shenandoah Valley. Her works are displayed in Germany, California, Florida, Indiana, Virginia, and Nebraska. Her website http://jtilton.artspan.com
5th Place – Sheri Emerson – “Trolley”
Sheri has been a photographer her entire life, from a child snapping pictures with her 110 camera, to her first SLR, and finally into the digital world. She also has been an artist her entire life, winning her first art competition at the grand old age of five. In the past few years, she has intensively studied both Photoshop and Lightroom to learn how to enhance her photography and turn it into digital art. In the past year, she has been published in “Living the Photo Artistic Life” eleven times, Readers Digest “Our Canada” magazine, “Photoshop Creative UK” magazine three times, “Conceptual Images” magazine twice, “Fine Eye Magazine” for fine art photography three times, and “A5 Magazine.” She is a four-time top ten overall winner in the Light, Space and Time competitions and won a two-week Artist Showcase, has received “Best in Show” and “Judges Choice” awards in Contemporary Art Gallery Online competitions, placed second in the SINWP “Creatures Great and Small” competition, took third place in the recent FusionArt competition and Best in Show in their Women Artists Quarterly Competition.
Her work has been shown at the Pennsylvania Center for Photography and Heaven Art Gallery in Scottsdale and will be shown at the Blank Wall Gallery in Athens, Greece in 2018.
Sheri splits her time between Arizona and Labrador, Canada, and is dedicating herself to pushing her photography and digital art even further. Her work is currently being sold on the curated ArtBoja website, and can be seen at her regular website is www.sheriemerson.com.
6th Place – Lisa McGovern – “Philadelphia's China Town”
Her favorite band The Beatles sang All You Need Is Love, but all this artist needs are her headphones, some seltzer and her arsenal of pastels and papers.
As a pastel artist, Lisa McGovern creates human art with human hands by sketching inspired compositions, choosing colors and applying them to specialty papers. To begin a new painting, she’ll visualize it ‘as finished’ and then jump right into the process by creating intense lines, textured shapes and bold colors. You may question why there may be untouched textured paper peeking from underneath her work. She explains that’s perfectly ok because why drown the paper’s beauty by solidly scrubbing pastels into every single nook and cranny? Instead, she pushes and blends colors into place with either a dry brush, a pastel pencil or an angled pastel stick.
As a lifelong, hands-on fan of both the abstract and impressionism concepts, Lisa’s seen people appreciate her own uniqueness by painting her familiar hometown and city illustrations with all its famous scenery and friendly communities found only in Pennsylvania. She also takes all her my own photographs, as well as design web and print materials. You can find her paintings signed as Lisa Goldman. Lisa’s Website www.lisadesignsart.com
7th Place – Peter Alessandria – “Dubai 3”
Peter was born and raised in New York City and Long Island. After attending law school, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career as an entertainment attorney. Today he is an award-winning, fine art, portrait and commercial photographer based in the New York City area.
Peter spent the first part of his work life as an entertainment and intellectual property attorney in Los Angeles. Working in the film and television industries sparked his own interest in creativity and in the early 2000’s he began experimenting with digital video and became an amateur filmmaker. But it wasn't until he picked up a still camera for the first time in 2002 that his full creative passion for image-making came into being.
Like many people, things changed dramatically for Peter in 2008. That year, as a result of the Global Financial Crisis, he lost his law practice. In the days and weeks that followed he struggled with the question of what to do with the rest of his life. It was only after much deliberation that he decided to follow his passion for photography, and in late 2009, he began pursuing photography full-time.
As a fine art photographer, Peter has created numerous collections of landscape, seascape, cityscape and still life images. His work has been featured in dozens of solo and group photography and art exhibitions. He has won fifty-eight (58) awards in the past few years and his photos have been published nationally and internationally, as well as being shown on television and in feature films. He has been the subject of several newspaper, radio, Internet and television interviews.
Peter finds inspiration mostly in the work of other photographers - and not necessarily the famous ones. Rather, it is his peers, many of whom he connects with on social media, that inspire Peter to go out and try new things or shoot in new locations. This connecting with others has helped fuel his creativity greatly over the last several years.
As both a photographer and filmmaker Peter’s intent is simple: create compelling images that appeal to his own sense of beauty and aesthetics. His goal is to use his art - and his life - to inspire others. He shares his photos in the hopes of touching people’s hearts and minds in positive and uplifting ways. See all Peter’s work and read more about his story on his website: www.peteralessandriaphotography.com
8th Place – Wen Yu – “I#17”
My paintings feature abstract cityscapes that capture my vision of ongoing urbanization through exploring both the composition and the relationship between different layers. Growing up in Suzhou, China, I witnessed radical changes in my hometown as it has developed from an ancient city into a contemporary business hub. However, reminiscing about the traditional architecture in Suzhou remains in my mind.
After living in San Francisco for three years, the post-modern architectures (de Young Museum, MOMA, Contemporary Jewish Museum) are further inspired my interests in geometric shapes. The urban life experience in the two cities enables me to mirror a city’s transformation. It stays with me, and come alive in my paintings where I shape them on the canvas.
My goal is to create projects that integrate art, story-telling and tangible material to evoke sensation through physical interaction and explore the line between digital and handcraft. My original inspiration was a combination of Bach’s fugues, traditional Chinese gardens and structural elements of post-modern architectures. The visual language of those architectures becomes a rhythm. Inspired by Bach’s music, I imbued the idea of a musical score into my work to see the architectural rhythm. Meanwhile, building forms on wood is somehow connected to the feeling of urban construction. Transferring the impression of the traditional and modern architect by creating gestural line drawings, an imaginary space is mapped out with different perspectives.
Painting is a way of working in a system where every painting contains numerous layers that are carefully applied. Most of the layers are designed/hand drew in software and then screen-printed on the underpainting. The self-created system requires hours to finish one painting because each individual layer of drawing must be exposed on the screen, waited to dry and printed separately for once. The geometric patterns and the organic movements showcase contrasts which may represent the twisted opposites of reality and this process-based approach of silkscreen allows me to sense time and space physically. http://www.wen-yu.org
9th Place – Jon Holiday – “Boston Dusk View”
For the last 35 yrs, Jon has been the owner and operator of Image One Media in Fort Worth, who specializes in photography, video production, and audio-visual presentations. He has been taking pictures since he fell in love with photography when at age 9 he received a Kodak Instamatic model 134.
In 2002, he began the Hope Camera Club in Ft. Worth, Texas, and led it for 8 years, and as such he has done numerous instructional presentations and training sessions related to photography and conducted many competitions. He has experience with many types and styles of photography and has received numerous awards for his images, including several top placings at LST.
Notable awards among others include several Bronze Awards in the Epson International Pano Competition over the last few years, second place in the Texas Photo Forum, a finalist entry in the Photographer’s Forum “Best of Photography”, as well as in the Worldwide Gala Awards 2011 "Colour" exhibit. He has been juried into several gallery shows across the US, and his images have appeared in a movie, a television show, and have been produced as wall murals in the US and Italy.
Jon says, this about his love of photography, “Photography allows me to depict things as the best that they can be. An old abandoned building becomes a refreshing mecca, the desert turns into a visual oasis, and happen chance elements are magically given purpose and focus. I love to produce images that make the viewer say, "Oooh, I want to see that in real life. Now."
One focus for Jon is TexasScapes. This includes his longtime passion for urban cityscapes and skylines, as well as natural settings with bluebonnets and wildflowers. Several of his Texas wildflower images acquired in the last few seasons have received wide recognition and numerous awards. They also appear in one whole wing of patient rooms in the newest hospital in Dallas. (UTSW)
Most of his body of work is made up of “Beautiful Places” type subjects and has been frequently used in office, restaurant, and healthcare environments. Jon especially enjoys taking photos in and around his hometown of Fort Worth, where he and his wife of 29 years and his 21 yr old daughter are active in church, school, and community. Explore all of Jon’s “beautiful” work at www.photosbyjon.com
10th Place – Bryan McKinney – “DC Capital Dome”
Bryan McKinney has been making art for as long as he can remember; Pinecone Christmas ornaments and hand outline turkeys at Thanksgiving. And so he went to school to make “livable art” – receiving a Bachelors of Architecture from Syracuse University.
But you can't live in a screen and a mouse click is far removed from the variations in pressure on a brushstroke.
So while Bryan has worked in everything from Adobe, AutoCAD, ceramics, woodwork, and printmaking, he always finds himself returning to watercolor, quill and ink.
Bryan’s work is strongly representational, if not particularly dedicated to the visual facts of a place. Heavily influenced by his undergrad, his subject matter largely centers around our built environment. Though from time to time Bryan dabbles in portraits and landscape scenery.
Treasure the human, the marks people make on the world. Treasure the individual bricks that make a home, each pane of glass that makes a rose window. Respect what people have built for themselves from the battered old porch to the marble of Rome. Let us see the tactile differently. Bryan’s website http://www.bryanmckinneyart.com
The Overall Winning Artists