Figurative Art Exhibition - 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 Category. 

The winning artists will now be featured on the Light Space & Time website for the month of April 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 "Figurative" Art Exhibition will receive extensive worldwide publicity by having their winning art presented on The LST 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 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 8th Annual “Figurative” 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 “Figurative” 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 Figurative Home Page here.

1st Place – Thu Nguyen – “Chaos and Order”

I was born in Saigon, Vietnam. Being very shy, I spent much of my childhood hiding away upstairs painting, instead of playing with other children. My first brush with success was a Best of Show prize at the 1974 children's exhibition in Saigon sponsored by UNICEF. In 1975 Saigon fell and in the resulting confusion, I was separated from my parents. I ended up in a refugee camp near Hong Kong for a year prior to immigrating to the United States as an orphan. After one very snowy and cold winter in Pennsylvania, I went to Los Angeles to stay with some relatives.

During my high school years, I earned extra money doing fashion modeling work in the garment district and upon graduation started on the pre-med program in college. During this time I fell in love with art again and changed my major to art. While in college I had an acting stint in Hollywood on the side (I got a part in Oliver Stone's 'Heaven and Earth' and followed with a lead role in Elizabeth Hong Yang's 'Touch Within' in China).

After getting my art degree, I have since settled down to pursue my art career in Los Angeles, later Seattle and finally Hawaii with the big excitement being adopting my first daughter from China and my second daughter from Vietnam.

2nd Place - Da'Rrell Privott – “Only Skin Deep”

As humans we are always in contemplation; both with ourselves, and other’s to debate the function, foundation, and form of what to think about art. People often work to visually obtain references, which can personalize the elements of their own ideas. Artistic interaction often usurps our preconceived idealisms by expanding the relationship with people, places, and thoughts outside of the conventional box and impinges upon one's ambivalence.

This subjective reality becomes the center stage that the classical man may look to reject in order to control outwardly but internally dreams of this mental freedom. In, Da’Rrell’s digital constructions, partial elements of his subject are often commingled with textures from a host of both man-made and natural objects. This methodology becomes a cohesive unit between subject and object idolizing an aesthetic synthetic dance with alternating informational references.

In this work, Da’Rrell’s concepts of reality as a subconscious mental recall-system, in which the viewer has an ever-present algorithmic matrix process that feels like a familiar reference, that similarly accommodates unconventional individual objective interpretation. Da’Rrell achieves some subliminal discloser in an impressive way using geometric shapes, and objects in combined alliances, often derived from our historical accumulative associative life’s path, both virtuous and contentious.

The elaborately varied multi-layered subjective textures of his work is presented as both a surface spectacle of modern creation and subcutaneous unacquainted patterns of stimuli are introduced to visually enhance this ongoing series created in 2013-2018 for print. Inspired by Artistic Figurative & Portrait Photography, and the unique view through a kaleidoscope coupled with his own paintings, he embarked on an artsy way to diversify the traditional path reliance on just mere viewing a click camera or frame. Da’Rrell designs a visual nirvana as he takes this body of work to new aspects as he pre-formulates the reality of his present and future works.

Da’Rrell has been working as a Professional Visual Artist since 2006; and has been internationally published as a Photographer, Painter, and Sculptor. He has perfected a unique artistic style that has become an intricate culmination of creativity and technical skill. He creates what he calls “slices of life”, artistic photographs, through his unique methods of light, angles, composition, and mastering various meticulously used editing technics. More of his work may be seen at his website:

3rd Place - Deborah Samia - “Odalisque”

Deborah Samia, a California native sculptor in the Bay Area, received her artistic training in BFA from the Academy of Art University (AAU) in 1998. After that, she found various jobs sculpting public monuments, sculpting miniature figurines and ornaments, creating high-end Halloween masks, and assisting other acclaimed Bay Area artists.

Over 15 years, she has been teaching Figure Modeling, Portrait, and Ecorché at AAU and Pontifex University, and is creating artwork as the lead artist at Chiodo Art Development. More importantly, she was honored to assist in sculpting “Remember Them: Champions for Humanity” monument located at a prominent area in downtown Oakland.

One of her artistic inspiration comes from a famous French impressionism and modern art sculptor, Auguste Rodin. She recalls, “Rodin has been a long time inspiration for my work, especially seeing The Burghers of Calais has brought me to tears.” Because of that, her works include interpretation of the beauty of portraits and a human figure and the importance of social justice and redemption in today’s local and global cultures.

“In my more recent work, I feel compelled to tell stories about pain, suffering and injustice. There is so much hurt in the world out there- that I want to bring hope for…and I struggle with how to authentically show the ‘ugliness’ while bringing a glimmer of hope, restoration, and redemption.”

For more information and to view her body of work, visit 

4th Place - Jon B. Paulsen - ”Colors gradually turn gray...”

I consider myself as an artist belonging to the group of new realists where the human being is looked upon in a new light and painted strongly figurative.

The meaning of Clair Obscure, in Italian chiaroscuro, is light in the darkness. Classical paintings of that order last longer in the eye of the viewer because of their restricted use of color.

“That is some of the reasons why I work with plain and few earth colors and very seldom part from that rule unless it is absolutely necessary. Don't be too tough with your pencil when you draw. Not too much information when you catch the line. Do not underestimate your audience”.

5th Place - Vincent Isner - “Reclining Odalisque”

Vincent’s compositions and lighting are inspired by Renaissance, Baroque, and Orientalist painting masters as well as photographers Yousuf Karsh and James Nachtwey. Isner's nudes and portraits possess a timeless, "painted" quality, with subjects ranging from humanitarians and two U.S. Presidents to African tribal elders.

"I try to create photographic art that will invite the viewer to look for long periods of time. I love shooting the nude not only because is it an eternal challenge to light and compose, but also because the human body is an incomparable expression of beauty that reflects the very best of who we are. A photograph, whether a nude or portrait, must leave room not only for the subject to be reveal itself but also to create space for the viewer to climb inside the image, to interact, and to experience their own impressions through a relationship with the subject.

6th Place – Scott Roberts – “Erica Closes Her Eyes in the Dark”

Scott Allen Roberts is a Los Angeles native living and practicing in New York. A fine art major from the University of Southern California and post graduate from Parsons the New School, Scotts’ figurative works explore cosmological, ontological, and phenomenological concepts surrounding the ideas of existentialism and the human condition. Having experienced close familial death early on in his life with the loss of his parents, themes of mortality both haunt and enlighten his work. The burning human questions of ‘Where do we go when we die?’, ‘Where did the world come from?’, or ‘What is the meaning of it all?’ were the first of many that Scott pondered in his youth.

Roberts’ figures borrow from many styles to create work that is bold, graphic and fantastical. His figures ask humanities questions of the unknown, enticing the viewer through vibrant color, larger scale formats, and hints of the decorative. The viewer is drawn into an allegory filled with metaphors.

Scott continues to explore his personal journey through art and allows the viewer insight into not just his, but their own deeper feelings with the work. Scott is fresh on the New York art scene and having already sold to private collectors is ready to promote his work commercially.

7th Place – Julie Powell – “Kitsune”

Moving beyond the realm of simple photography, Julie Powell creates surreal, whimsical and fantastical works of Digital Art, often capturing emotion and moments in time along with symbolism to explore reality on a slightly different level.

Born in Melbourne and living there her whole life, surrounded by a vibrant and exciting art community. While not classically trained, she is mostly self-taught with a background in graphic art and design, Julie has transitioned from more traditional art forms to the digital art medium, often depicting images in her own unique painterly style.

Being published both online and in Magazines, Julie is a regular contributor to various digital and Print Magazines, and an Artistic Coach and Mentor, Julie thrives on helping and encouraging other emerging digital artists, and photographers and is widely active and respected throughout the digital artist community.

8th Place - Zusheng Yu – “Galloping Heartbeat”

Zu Sheng Yu Graduated with a Bachelor degree with a specialty in Sculpture at Guang Zhou Academy of Fine Arts in 1987

My painting are oil on canvas in the realistic and simple style, the emphasis is on the procedure which works with light colors layer upon layer. It is different from traditional oil painting’s heavy techniques; its style is more similar to that of water color painting. That is, whether it is a landscape or a still life, the picture is not just a meaningless copy or an imitation of the beauty of nature; it is rather an idealistic version of the subject being painted.

It brings out the emotions from the subject being painted as if it is from a perfect world – a world of peace, serenity, and elegance. It brings out a world that is filled with tenderness and love and offers us the subtle feelings of profound meaning.

Now, Zu Sheng Yu lives in Long Island, NY, as a full time artist.

9th Place - Sheri Emerson – “Takahatenamun”

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, “Photoshop Creative UK” magazine three times, “Conceptual Images” magazine twice, “A5 Magazine”, “MagazineGSPDigital” nine times, and “Fine Eye Magazine” for fine art photography three times. She received the “Best in Show” award for “All Weather of the Seasons” in Contemporary Art Gallery Online competitions, placed second in the SINWP “Creatures Great and Small” competition, and has been exhibited at galleries in Pennsylvania, Arizona and Greece.

She is a five-time top ten overall winner in the Light, Space and Time competitions and recently took “Best in Show” in the Fusion Art “Photography and Digital Art” competition. 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

10th Place - Patricia Burns – “Playing Dress Up”

Successfully drawing and painting for years, as evidenced by many solo and group shows, a wall of ribbons, and repeat clients, Pat DeVane Burns wanted to dig still deeper into the creative process. In the fall of 2013, she enrolled in a college sculpture class with Master Artist, Marlin Adams, to fulfill her desire to create a bust of her mother, who died many years earlier in a car accident. Several times Burns had tried to paint her mother’s portrait but was emotionally unable to do so. Clay was different. She found it to be a sensual medium, allowing thoughts, feelings and emotions to pass directly from her hands into the clay. A beautiful bust of her mother resulted and a new passion was born.

At 66, Burns continues college classes as a perpetual student, finding professors and other students provide fresh and exciting incoming ideas and methods. Contemporary classes add to the knowledge gained from past education at Georgia Governor’s Honors Program through Wesleyan College in Georgia, a full tuition scholarship at Berry College in Rome, independent workshops and a huge personal art library. Constant contact and ‘paint days’ with a close group of fellow artists is also a source of daily inspiration and action.

Pat DeVane Burns still draws and paints in oils and acrylics, has even delved recently into printmaking, but sculpture is her welcomed priority. Her deep love of animals provides a constant source of subject matter. Bronzes are her next goal.


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