“Cityscapes” Art Exhibition 2023 – Overall Category

The Overall Winning Artists Category consists of the 12 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 March 2023 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 13th Annual "Cityscapes" Art Exhibition will receive extensive worldwide publicity and promotion. 

Congratulations to our artists who made our 13th 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.

Thank you to all of the artists who participated and for being a part of the gallery. 

Scroll down the page to see read about each of our Top 12 Winning Artists. In the image gallery at the bottom, click on a thumbnail image and that will take you a lightbox to view the entire artwork. To return to the “Cityscapes” Home Page click here.

 1st Place – Overall - Nijat Burjiyev - "CITY LIFE”

1st-Place-OA-46-PD.-Nijat-Burjiyev-CITY-LIFE-.bNijat Burjiyev is a Los Angeles-based digital artist with a passion for graphic design. He received his formal training in graphic design at Santa Monica College and has since honed his skills through his work as a graphic artist for various clothing companies. Nijat's artistic inspiration comes from a variety of sources, including the vibrant culture and energy of the city he calls home, as well as the natural world and its many wonders. He is particularly drawn to bold, eye-catching colors and dynamic, abstract shapes, which he incorporates into his work with precision and skill.

To learn more about Nijat and to see more of his work, please visit his website.

2nd Place – Overall - Dan Pyle - "METROPOLIS”

2nd-Place-OA-73-POM.-Dan-Pyle-METROPOLIS.bWith virtually no formal art training, Dan has been drawing since childhood. His internationally award winning work has been exhibited in gallery shows in Palm Springs, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Hollywood, Santa Ana, Pasadena, Long Beach, New York, and West Hollywood. Dan has also begun cultivating international clients in Canada and as far away as Germany and Malaysia. Recently 23 pieces of his work have been permanently installed in the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas, as part of their impressive commercial art collection. Dan’s charcoal drawings have also been published in multiple art magazines & book, both domestically and internationally.

To learn more about Dan and to see more of his work, please visit his website.

3rd Place – Overall - Skottie O’Mahony - "STEEL MILL”

3rd-Place-OA-88-PD.-Skottie-OMahony-STEEL-MILL-.bSkottie O'Mahony is an accomplished artist with a career that spans design, publishing, and technology. Born in 1963 in Pittsburgh, he honed his skills at Penn State, studying a diverse range of disciplines including Design, Fine Art, Psychology, and Landscape Architecture. Skottie has had a successful career and has been recognized for his work through international and regional awards and features in art shows, publications, and television. Collectors value his art worldwide; his work can be found in private collections in several countries.

Skottie currently resides in Austin, Texas, where he and his husband of 34 years have created the Tanglewild Gardens, a botanical garden, and home, which serves as a canvas for his art and design. Skottie's art is deeply personal, exploring themes of cultural diversity, injustice, dreams, sexuality, and the dark and surreal. He uses a variety of techniques, from traditional to digital and even artificial intelligence, to bring his visions to life.

To learn more about Skottie and to see more of his work, please visit his website.

4th Place – Overall - Cheryl A Godin - "TRANSAMERICA”

4th-Place-OA-103-POM.-Cheryl-A-Godin-TRANSAMERICA-.bA Massachusetts born artist living and working in Albuquerque, New Mexico with a BFA in Painting, from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA. Cambridge Center for Adult Education, Cambridge, MA, Etching, Monoprint, Woodcut, and University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, Expressionist Painting.

My media is oils and I am inspired by life’s transient nature where nothing is forever!! My paintings of city scenes, architecture, transportation and signs, especially the signs of the old Route 66, are of a suspended moment in time of the urban landscape as it appears in my lifetime. My work is a visual document of a certain time and place; a recording of history of the things that will eventually succumb to natural aging or be replaced with progress.

To learn more about Cheryl and to see more of her work, please visit her website.  

5th Place – Overall - Cheryl Kramer - "SUN SETS ON MOUNTAINS OF NYC”

5th-Place-OA-42-POM.-Cheryl-Kramer-SUN-SETS-ON-MOUNTAINS-OF-NYC-.bCheryl Kramer’s primary medium is oil. Her subjects are diverse – portraiture, painting urban and rural landscapes, animals and environments she entitles “dreamscapes.” She believes that art should be beautiful to counteract the images flashing across our television and computer screens daily. Arguably this is Cheryl’s form of escapism, but she feels that art should be a tangible dream of what the universe can be, full of beauty and color and light. The act of painting is a form of moving meditation for her. In this frenetic world with so much drawing our attention in many different directions, Cheryl’s hope is that the viewer of her art may feel a moment of centering. She believes that we are all connected at a deep level. Her art comes from that deep level and she hopes that this is reflected on her canvases.

Cheryl has received numerous awards and recognition, including a mention in the Washington Post and artwork shown twice in 2020 on the CBS Sunday Morning Show. She has exhibited at the Art & Design Gallery and the Hernan Gamboa Gallery in Miami, Florida, The Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts, Wallflowers Gallery in Bernardsville, NJ, The Center for Contemporary Art in Bedminster, NJ, and Gallery Underground in Arlington, Virginia, among other galleries and shows. Her work hangs in many private homes and businesses. She most recently served on the Board of Overseers, and the Executive Board of the Zimmerli Art Museum of Rutgers University.

To learn more about Cheryl and to see more of her work, please visit her website.  

6th Place – Overall - Cher Pruys - "LONDON CALLING”

6th-Place-OA-38-POM.-Cher-Pruys-LONDON-CALLING.bCher Pruys was born in Regina. Over the years she lived in many places including Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa, Fort Frances, settling into her present home in Devlin, on the banks of the Rainy River with her husband Mark, 4 dogs and 2 cats.

By age three, Cher was seldom found without a drawing tool in hand. She worked in pencil, charcoal and ink over the years, until, she picked up a paintbrush at the age of 35. Beginning with oil paints, she found her chosen mediums in acrylic, water color and gouache.

Although self-taught, her dedication and talent has seen her work juried into 199 International exhibits, as well as exhibits in numerous non juried shows. She has won 224 awards for her work in the International Juried Exhibits.

To learn more about Cher and to see more of her work, please visit her website.  

7th Place – Overall - F.M. Kearney - "LOWER MANHATTAN SKYLINE #1”

7th-Place-OA-58-PD.-F.M.-Kearney-LOWER-MANHATTAN-SKYLINE-1-.bF.M. Kearney’s interest in photography began many years ago when his mother bought him his first camera – a Kodak Keystone 126 Instamatic (which he still owns today). Early subject matter included everything from his pet cat Dexter to various buildings and street scenes around his hometown of New York City. As he got older and his equipment got better, his interests shifted toward photographing nature.

Although the natural world may always take precedence, his interest in urban landscapes never wavered. Living in a city with some of the most iconic subjects in the world has given him virtually unlimited opportunity to capture amazing cityscapes under the best possible lighting conditions – with twilight being his favorite time of the day to shoot. The transition of natural light gradually fading from the sky as artificial lights begin to shine, can transform a gritty street scene into something magical. The strategic inclusion of traffic light trails provides the final touch for a truly magical wonderland.

This competition is right in his wheelhouse. Through special effects, long exposures and colorful lighting, he captures the beauty of the Lower Manhattan skyline in ways in which most tourists (and locals) have ever seen.

To learn more about F.M. and to see more of his work, please visit his website.   

8th Place – Overall - Mary McKenna Ridge - "MANHATTTANHENGE”

8th-Place-OA-39-PD.-Mary-McKenna-Ridge-MANHATTTANHENGE-.cMary is a Photographer/Artist living in New York City at the Westbeth Artists' Housing Complex. She holds a Master's Degree in Graphic Communications from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, N.Y., has studied at the International Center of Photography, at N.Y.U., and at the School of Visual Arts, all in Manhattan. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in Art Education from Edinboro University, PA. Mary has worked as an Art Instructor in NYC Junior High Schools and as a Graphic Designer in addition to her Photographic work.

Mary has designed many book jackets for publishing companies, and also works in watercolor and pen and ink. Mary shoots in color and black and white, using digital full frame, as well as 35 mm SLR. She has photographed throughout Europe and Asia, and much of the United States.

To learn more about Mary and to see more of her work, please visit her website.

9th Place – Overall - Jeffrey Friedkin - "EVENING WALK”

9th-Place-OA-65-PD.-Jeffrey-Friedkin-EVENING-WALK-.bJeffrey 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 served on the Salmagundi board and was Chairman of the Public Relations Committee and assists the Chairman of the Photography Committee for the Salmagundi Art Club.

A multiple award-winning photographer, Jeffrey has widely exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the tristate area in addition to a large national and international presence. His work has been featured on various magazines, advertisements and news sites and is held in private collections, corporate businesses and clubs. A series of his photographs have been acquired by the Yuko Nii permanent collection at the Williamsburg Art and Historical Center in Brooklyn, NY. Corcoran Legends Realty recently obtained numerous photos for their Westchester County offices.

To learn more about Jeffrey and to see more of his work, please visit his website.     

10th Place – Overall - Linda Boisvert DeStefanis - "DELAYED DEPARTURE”

10th-Place-OA-56-POM.-Linda-Boisvert-DeStefanis-DELAYED-DEPARTURE-.bMy artwork is a vehicle for sharing the inspiration I find in nature’s fleeting moments of amazing beauty. Many times I find this while taking a photo drive somewhere to capture that splash of light, reflections on water, shadow play, or any scene where nature is at its best. ‘Waterscapes’ are what I paint most often because water, in all its forms, excites and challenges me. I enjoy creating strong, dynamic compositions in my paintings. My favorite medium has been oils since I was in my teens and I consider myself a painter of contemporary realism.

To learn more about Linda and to see more of her work, please visit her website.  

11th Place – Overall - Severn Wang - "NAGASAKI IN THE RAIN”

11th-Place-OA-82-POM.-Severn-Wang-NAGASAKI-IN-THE-RAIN-.bSevern Wang was born in Shanghai, China in the late-1980s. Throughout his childhood, he has enjoyed drawing things that interest him in a doodling style. He started to study painting systematically in middle school. In University he attended the Academy of Fine Arts of Shanghai University, where he studied animation production. Since graduation, he has worked in TV program post-production, graphic design, user-interface design and illustration related work, and has accumulated experience in the application of visual language in his work. Having come across watercolor in 2014, the artist has been creating in this medium in leisure time. In 2019, he quit his job as a designer to dedicate himself to watercolor art, and has exhibited and won many awards in exhibitions and competitions at domestic and abroad.

Severn's works are mostly in impressionistic depictions of urban street scenes, later on he started to work on themes such as seascapes, nature scenes, still life and figures, creating mostly post-impressionistic and realistic styles. Today, he focuses on semi-abstract works, creating images with " vitality " through the design of picture elements. He likes to reconstruct and combine elements of realistic scenes in his paintings, using geometric elements to reconstruct realistic scenes on paper. He believes that contemporary painting should not simply copy or embellish the real scene, which is a job for the camera filter rather than the artist.

To learn more about Severn and to see more of his work, please visit his website.

12th Place – Overall - Elliot Appel - "SOLITUDE”

12th-Place-OA-84-POM.-Elliot-Appel-SOLITUDE-.bI want the viewer to share my interest in everyday objects that are unique to ‘the city’. All too often, people may find themselves rushing from place to place without noticing the beauty, history, diversity and culture that surrounds them. They may not have an opportunity to appreciate the street performer, the antiquated storefront, the interesting window reflection-things that contribute to making urban living worthwhile and enriching.

I also strive to capture remnants of the ‘old’ city on canvas before they become fleeting memories- the city of five-story walk-ups, ornamental windows and hand-painted signs. I think it’s important to remember these things.

My art allows people to ‘slow it down’. It gives the viewer a chance to focus on some of the overlooked details that are an integral part of their daily lives; hopefully the viewer will come away with a greater appreciation for their surroundings and share my love of ‘the city’.

To learn more about Elliot and to see more of his work, please visit his website.

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