NeoPopRealism Starz Art Competitions WINNERS

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4th NeoPopRealism Starz Art Competition WINNERS:

(From NeoPopRealism Journal)


Blair Barbour (USA): 1st Place Winner of 4th International NeoPopRealism Starz Art Competition, September 1, 2009 - March 28, 2010

Blair Barbour, 1st Place Winner, NeoPopRealism Starz Art ComppetitionArt was a big part of Blair Barbour's childhood. She said to the NeoPopRealism Journal, “My art career started in high school when I received a national art award from the United States Achievement Academy. I got started showing my artwork in art events and galleries early in life with the support of my parents - my mother is an artist - and went to college and got a degree in Fine Art, receiving the Marion-Ebert Wolle Scholarship.”
Blair Barbour thinks that the most exciting thing about this profession - artist - is creating the artwork itself.
“The medium I use doesn’t allow me to see the piece until the very end for two reasons: I work backwards, starting with the most basic background details and finishing with the top layers and waiting for the acrylic medium to dry letting the art reveal itself,” she said. “I love showing my work and sharing it with the world. There is nothing better than doing what you love as your "job" and, I hope, to inspire others to chase their dreams.”
Blair gets her inspiration from “every day life, exciting moments in time might be lost otherwise. I like taking those moments and spending days bringing them to the surface. The little details in life are the most valuable, so don’t miss them!”
Blair Barbour, Moulin Rouge, NeoPopRealism Starz 1st place winnerTo the question what she thinks about experimenting in art, Blair Barbour said, “This is such a large question! I believe that visual arts are a form of therapy, expression of the soul, one of the greatest gifts given to every human, and, I hope, each one will utilize that talent in some way. Experimenting is what life is all about and I will continue to experiment and grow with my art, to inspire and give back. Experimenting in visual arts is my life and my duty because art has been the one truth that has pulled us through history and reveals its secrets. Without art and experimentation our world would be a dark, boring place.”
Blair Barbour is from a blended family with five sisters and four parents. Her family consists of musicians, writers and artists. Blair’s mother is an exhibiting artist and teacher. Her step-mother was an artist who was always trying new things and showing to Blair how to do them. Art and music have always been around the house and the support of Blair Barbour’s parents has been the driving force in following her dreams.
“I am living my main dream, and on the path to accomplishing more of my dreams,” Blair said, and continues: “My main dream is to share my visual art with the world’s eyes, next - to share my writing with the world’s ears, and then - to share my future yoga studio with the world’s souls.”
Blair Barbour’s artwork 'Moulin Rouge' is harmonical and courageous in her choices. She is experimenting with the medium, adding to her technique her talent and spirit,” juror Nadia Russ said.


Sigmund Abeles (USA): 2nd Place Winner of 4th International NeoPopRealism Starz Art Competition, September 2009 - March 2010

Sigmund Abeles, 2nd Place Winner, 4th NeoPopRealism Starz art competitionSigmund Abeles: “Appear to be an artist… It is so hard to keep up appearances, isn't it? Growing up in a small town in SC without any art in the segregated schools, I poured over old Life magazines, my mom filled cabinets with, and ultimately the art articles knocked me out.
Otherwise, my only professional dream was to be a jockey and then a horse trainer.”
Initially, he wanted to become the Diego Rivera of the US Civil Rights Movement, political art, but his true imagery was intimist.
Sigmund Abeles was raised by a single parent, his mom. All her family were small business folks. His father's side was rabbinical and professional, but he only met some of them after he was grown and moved to NYC.
“My main goal is to keep on making vital, significant art about life/humanity with honesty, intensity and depth and get it seen, even sold,“ Sigmund Abeles said to the NeoPopRealism Journal. “I hope and dream to work to my last day and hope that is at least fifteen years more of image-making."
Sigmund Abeles, Portrait of Parasomniac (self-portrait)Several months ago, Sigmund Abeles celebrated his 75th anniversary. His artistic career is a success story of a notable artist whose art works can be found in top art museums in the US and Europe such as MoMA and Metropolitan, with list of the solo and group art exhibitions and many awards. In 2000, Coastal Carolina University awarded him an honorary doctorate. The same 2000, he had his major one-artist exhibition at Thomas Williams Fine Arts, London, UK. The Pastel Society of America made him their Hall of Fame Honoree for 2004, and in 2006 he was awarded their Degas Pastel Society Award. . . For many years, he was teaching art
and continues sharing his great talent with new generations of artists. Juror Nadia Russ said, “Sigmund Abeles’s artwork Parasomniac (Self-Portrait) is all about depth and emotionally touching theme. Its colors combination and composition (perfect choice) are catching viewers’ attention and asking for emotional respond.

John Alcock (Australia): 3rd Place Winner of 4th International NeoPopRealism Starz Art Competition, September 1, 2009 - March 28, 2010


John Alcock (Australia), 3rd place winner of 4th NeoPopRealism Starz Art CompetitionJohn Alcock was born in 1950 in a small county town of Walpeup, in a wheat growing area, in Australia, and grew up surrounded the natural environment. His interest in arts was shaped by his father’s great love to Impressionism and Post-Impressionism. After finishing his school, John went to work in environment, and was traveling a lot. In 1989, he went back to art school and did an Associate Diploma of Visual Arts at Barton institute.
He said to the
NeoPopRealism Journal, “I think the gift to be given the chance to express oneself as an artist is great in the pleasure it can bring and the responsibility it carries. One is not creative, but one is born that way, with a burning desire to do so. One’s creativity should not be an expression of the ego, but an expression the very soul of the artist.”
Victoria Spring by John Alcock, 3rd Place Winner of 4th NeoPopRealism starz Int'l Art CompetitionJohn Alcock’s aim is to make the world a better place - at least one person, to help people to see the environment in a different way and “to have a healthy respect for our planet.”“I am often blown away by people’s creative inspiration,” he says. “We should always
strive to be the best person we can be at any given time. In the arts, we should be always attempting to extend ourselves.”
Currently, John Alcock working full time as an artists in the state of Victoria, spending some time with his teenage son.
“John Alcock’s artwork ‘Victoria Spring’ is celebration of beauty, it carries strong positive energy and inspired by Australian nature. John brings his happy fascination on his canvas, creating shapes, and using bright, high energy colors,” juror Nadia Russ said.

Honorable Mention: Claudette Losier (Canada)

Claudette Losier (Canada), Honorable Mention, 4th NeoPopRealism Starz Int'l Art CompetitionCurrently, art of Claudette Losier can be seeing at the Burlington Center in Ontario, Canada.
“I like most about being an artist is creating using line, form, colour either in drawing or painting and seeing before your eyes something flat pop,” Claudette Losier said to the NeoPopRealism Journal. “I like the process, journey, and final product. I love being in my right brain in abstract thought process loss in time and space where bliss lies and therefore a connection with the divine.”
About her inspiration she said, “Life, love and beauty is my inspiration. Also, lately, my yoga guru Yogananda’s divine poetry wisdom and cosmic chants are inspiring
paintings and doodles. My main goal is divine union with God and perfecting myself to this goal per my guru Yogananda’s methods.”
Noodling My Doodling With My Neigbor by Cloudette Losier (Canada)Claudette Losier lives with her husband Ron Goff and their cat Monet. Claudette’s dad’s family is of French Acadian descent and their family tree has been traced back to the 1700’s in Tracadie, New Brunswick. “But then, again, I am also part of the divine and the greater family called the human race,” Claudette says.
Claudette Losier graduated from Brock University with a Honours in Fine Arts in 1989. The Award-wining artist, in 2006 she began teaching art in different institutions, including Burlington Art Center.
“Claudette Losier’s work “Noodling My Doodling With My Neighbor” reflects her life. She is one of those thinking artists who strives for perfection and harmony. Her experiments with medium opened to her new doors in her wonderful artistic journey.” Juror Nadia Russ said.

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3rd NeoPopRealism Starz Art Competition WINNERS:
(from NeoPopRealism Journal, September - October, 2009)


1st Place Winner Vanessa Bahmani (New York, USA)

Vanessa BahmaniVanessa Bahmani was born in the early 80’s in Guatemala City. Soon after, her family moved to Berkeley, California were she and her sister were raised surrounded by arts. She grew up attending cultural events, theater, music performances. Her family started a Guatemala folkloric dance group named “Ixim Tinamit” (Ee-sheem-tea-na-meet), meaning people of corn in Quiche, which incorporated modern interpretation of traditional dance. Quiche is one of the many Guatemalan indigenous languages. Through this creative outlet, which she was a part of, Vanessa began to appreciate art.
Later, she received a B.A. degree in Ethnic Studies & African-American Studies from UC Berkeley. After graduating from UC Berkeley, she moved to New York City and in 2009 earned an MFA degree in Photography from School of Visual Arts.
Vanessa exhibited her photographs in “The Hustle” art show at Power House Books Arena in Brooklyn in 2008. The same year, she was nominated a semi-finalist for the Adobe Achievement Awards in Photography. Next year, 2009, she exhibited her work at the ISE cultural foundation in SoHo, New York, and received the prestigious nomination for the 2009 NY Photo festival student book category.
To the question “What is art and what is your art inspiration?” she said: “Art is a creative outlet of expression. Art, and particularly photography is my voice of self-expression to the world. I am inspired to make art by subject matter that moves me both emotionally, and politically. I draw upon personal experiences and interests to begin a project, and continue to build on them.
In this particular case I took break dance as the focus of my study for its ingenuity and high degree of difficulty, but above all for its ability to speak to youth worldwide. Break dance serves as a vehicle with which a new cultural identity Vanessa Bahmani, Rokafella & KenFury, photographcan be created. Since its inception, Hip-Hop has been a culture of re-inventing, appropriating and transforming itself, with each generation bringing a willingness to cross boundaries between tradition and innovation. In this same spirit I set out to developed my own visual style through photographic exploration of the break-dancers’ body gestures and movements.”
Vanessa said that she feels pretty fortunate to be able to be an artist and make a living doing what she loves. The things, she loves most about her life are her family, her husband, making photographs, and living in New York City.
“My future goals are to be recognized as an international artist/photographer and to show my work in museums and galleries around the world,” Vanessa said. “I want to publish my photography book, and become a prominent commercial photographer in the entertainment industry.” In future, she would also like to open a great restaurant in New York City.
Looking in her future, she said: “Ten years from now, I see myself working as a prominent photographer in the entertainment industry in NYC. I’ll be living with my family and own my restaurant in Manhattan…”
“Vanessa Bahmani captured the moment with her photo camera and gave to this moment a long and fascinating life,” Juror Nadia Russ said.

2nd Place WINNER: Jacob El Hanani (New York, USA)

Jacob El HananiJacob El Hanani was born in 1947, in Casablanca. In 1969, he graduated from the
Avni School of Fine Arts, Tel Aviv, Israel.
His art style developed as a reaction to the life he experienced when he moved to New York many years ago. He is interested in micro aspect of drawing. It was natural for Jacob to use ink and paper. Why? Because the abundance of time and lack of money. He could not even buy art supplies.
It was a personal challenge for Jacob El Hanani to bring drawing to the extreme and see how far his eyes and fingers could go. He tries to compete with a computer to make his drawings as perfect as a machine would, and he thinks, he fail for only one reason - because of the human imperfection. By using the square, he is trying to give attention to the execution which was neglected by minimalism that gave more importance to the idea.
When people look at his drawing, he would prefer to hear "How?" rather than "Wow!"
Jacob’s art works can be found in many different collections worldwide, including the following:
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Jewish Museum, New York, The Brooklyn Museum, New York, Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Art Gallery of Ontario, Canada, The Menil Foundation, Houston, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, The Philadelphia Museum, Philadelphia, The Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC, The Art Institute of Chicago, IL, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, The Tel-Aviv Museum, Israel, The National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Caracas, Venezuela, Rose Art Museum, Waltham, MA, Jacob El Hanani, Untitled, DrawingMinneapolis Institute of Arts, MN, Yale Art Gallery, New Haven, CT, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
The Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge MA, Weatherspoon Art Gallery, University of North Carolina – Greensboro, NC, Neuberger Museum of Art, State University of New York – Purchase, NY, The British Museum, Great Britain, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and other.
“Jacob’s drawing 'Untitled' appeared in the Entries Gallery of this competition as a result of our meeting in New York City and will be published in the book ‘NeoPopRealism Starz: 21st Century ART,’ 2nd Vol. ‘Erotica As A High Artistic Aspiration.’ among other selected art works. This deluxe edition will be available in the beginning of 2010,” Juror Nadia Russ said.

3rd Place WINNER: Sigmund Abeles (New York, USA)

Sigmund Abeles, 2nd Place Winner, 4th NeoPopRealism Starz art competitionSigmund M, Abeles was born in Brooklyn, New York City in 1934 and grew up in Myrtle Beach, SC. In 1955, he earned a B.A. Degree from the University of South Carolina, and studied at the Art Students League of New York in NYC, and the Skowhegan School in Maine. In 1957, he received a Masters in Fine Arts from Columbia University.
In 1961-64, Sigmund Abeles was an instructor at the Swain School of Design in New Bedford, Massachusetts and in 1964-69 at Wellesley College. He has been a member of the National Academy since 1990. Since 1994, he lives and works at his studio in New York City.
Sigmund Abeles focuses in an empathetic investigation and intense of the human figure and how it relates to our world. He believes an artist needs to be able to draw well in order to communicate what he senses, sees, and dreams about, to create convincing visual expression.
Mainly figurative, his work has been critically acclaimed. His awards include National Institute of Fine Arts & Letters Award, National Council of Arts & Humanities Sabbatical Grant, Louis Comfort Tiffany NeoPopRealism Starz Art Competitions WINNERS - NeoPopRealism JournalFoundation Grant for Graphics, and now, he is the 3rd place winner of the 3rd NeoPopRealism Starz Int’l Art Competition. His works are in more than 100 private and public collections worldwide, including the leading institutions such as the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and top art museums of the U.S.
Juror Nadia Russ said, “Sigmund Abeles’ work Look Mare, No Mom is a strong voice which is good and important as a part of art history and the time it reflects.”

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2nd NeoPopRealism Starz Art Competition
WINNERS
Erotica As A High Artistic Aspiration
(from NeoPopRealism Journal, June 2009)

1st Place Winner: R. Gopakumar.

R.Gopakumar, India/Bahrain, 1st Place Winner, 2nd International NeoPopRealism Starz Art Competition, Erotica As A High Artistic AspirtationNeoPopRealism Journal & Wonderpedia and NeoPopRealism Starz International Art Competition online introduce 1st Place winner - R. Gopakumar.
R. Gopakumar was born in Kerala, India, December 15 of 1972. “When a child, life was always beautiful and fresh like the morning dew,” he said about his childhood. “I was blessed as the 5th child to my father Ramakrishna Pillai and mother Janamma. We depended on traditional agriculture for our living and our family occupation as farmers always kept me close with nature...”
R. Gopakumar studied art in India and U.K: 5 years - National Diploma in Fine Arts (painting) from Govt. Ravi Varma College of Fine Arts (Kerala, India) and Diploma in History of Art from London Art College, Milnthorpe, U.K. (in progress).
“I think artists are born and not made,” he says. “How much ability they have, and what they are able to do with it varies depending on personality and probably the early circumstances of their lives. Some with very little ability are able to forge huge, successful careers, while others with tremendous ability cannot move ahead at all.”
R. Gopakumar has always been an artist, he said. “During my tender days while at play, I nearly drowned in a nearby pond. My eldest sister rescued me from the still waters on seeing my beloved toy afloat, which had caught her attention initially, then to my little hand trying to reach the surface. As a child, terrified at the truth in the incident I was R.Gopakumar, 1at Place Award, 2nd International NeoPopRealism Starz Art Competitiondetermined to try always to convey that truth. This nostalgic incident inspired me to paint “reincarnation” later in my journey as an artist...”
“My father used to tell that any form of art does not inspire to a good family living,” R. Gopakumar said, and continue: “his statement towards this were derived from artists during his time of life which lived in poverty and low income. Due to this he always advised and encouraged me to get any kind of professional job oriented education...”
Independent thinking and experimental mind of R. Gopakumar are amazing. “During my school days I used to sketch images, illustrations of Gandhi, Tagore, Ashoka, Shajahan from my text book to the outer covers,” he said. “This happened to be at the notice of my class teacher, but he did not punish me for this act, and else he encouraged me to do more as he said: identify your talents within yourself. This led me to take part in various painting competitions. The scenic beauty of Kerala, folk art, various religious festivals, fairy tales, Hindu traditional rituals, had been the cherished moments in my childhood.”
During 1990-1995, in Ravi Varma College of Fine Arts he learned Indian, Eastern, Western, African, Egyptian, Islamic and various forms of arts and art history. Kerala Lalitha Kala Academy granted R. Gopakumar with a scholarship for his education. During his college days he had a passion for comedy and theater act.
His regular practice in yoga for traditional physical and mental disciplines and peace of mind has inspired R. Gopakumar in most of his works. The passion for art led to the interest in music and he studied south Indian classical music (vocal) and Mruthangam (rhythm instrument) for few years.
His art portfolio includes exhibitions in 1991, 92, 93, 94, 95 in Ravi Varma College of Fine Arts, Mavelikara, Kerala; 1992 - Bishop Moore College, Mavelikara, Kerala; 1996 - Kerala Lalithakala Akademi; 1996 - Kadappakada Sports Club, Kollam; 2000 - Bahrain Museum, Manama, Bahrain, and more.
He has moved to Bahrain, the Middle East in search for better prospects in the field of graphic designing. Now he is a creative director at well-known technology firm Al-Nadeem. During this period he enriched himself in technologies used in Multimedia. “Deep inside of me there still is the artist wanting to come out in all my work form,“ he said. “The internet media has helped me a lot to learn and be more creative in contemporary art. After a long span of time, in 2008 I came back to painting with a revision in art history by achieving a Diploma from the London College of Arts. I learned that to create any work of art you can use any medium. This can be oil painting, acrylic, sculpture, animation, digital art, installation, performance … . But whatever be the medium the concept, context and aesthetic value should be of the most importance. My long 11 years of experience in Multimedia led me to be a digital artist. An artist should be like a scientist by discovering new innovations to create new form of art...” R. Gopakumar says thank you to his teachers Madhavan, T.A.S. Menon, Balakrishna Kurup, Stewart Roberts, John Antoine Labadie, and his friends who helped to him achieve his success at all levels. He also would like to thank his family - his lovely wife Priya and son Abhijit.
R. Gopakumar, Cognition-libido, digital print“Artwork of R. Gopakumar “Cognition-libido” carries eternity and power of centuries’ wisdom,” juror Nadia Russ said. “R. Gopakumar’s creativity breaks through the traditional vision on art. His search and experimenting are pleasantly surprising, sometimes unexpected color and content same time are very natural and pleasant.”

2nd NeoPopRealism Starz International Art Competition Erotica As A High Artistic Aspiration (February - April, 2009) exhibited over 100 art works submitted by artists from USA, U.K., Czech Republic, India/Bahrain, France, Slovakia, Germany, Italy, Scotland…
NeoPopRealism Starz International Art Competitions are quarterly, juried online exhibitions-competitions of paintings, drawings and sculptures in any medium and styles. These competitions are open to all living artists worldwide aged 18 and up, run over the Internet, and have mission to promote and support the most talented artists from all over the globe.

2nd Place Winner: Joseph Borzotta (NJ, USA).

Riding Crop, Joseph Borzotta, Pencil Drawing, 2nd Place Winner, 2nd NeoPopRealism Starz Art Competition, Erotica Joseph Borzotta graduated from R.I. School of Design (1981-1985) and School of Visual Arts, Special Studies, Painting (1986-1987). In 1990, He founded Award Certificate, Josef Borzotta, 2nd International Art Competition NeoPopRealism Starz, 2nd Place winnerHoboken Creative Alliance, a multi-discipline arts group with over 250 members.
In 1997 Joseph opened the Liquid Lounge Bar/Art Gallery in New Jersey, and in 2004 - 12" DJ Bar in NYC.
In 1998, in Newark Museum (New Jersey), he curated art exhibition Face It!. He has shown at the Newark Museum and Morris Museum, George Billis Gallery in NYC and Roq La Rue in Seattle, La Luz de Jesus in LA and Luckystar Gallery in WI, Stirling Club in Las Vegas and other galleries.
Joseph Borzotta executed many fabulous erotic drawings, including “Riding Crop” - 2nd Place winning work - and canvases that explore human relationships. His bright and colorful paintings are full of complex and diversity.
The juror Nadia Russ said about his work: “Joseph Borzotta’s sensitivity and talent are like a barometer that show the temperature of human emotions through paints’ colors. He has reached the higher level of expression of human emotions while showing the every day life of average people.”

3rd Place winner: Megh, Las Vegas, USA.

Megh, Special Delivery, Mixed media, NeoPopRealism Starz Art Competition, 3rd Place WinnerMegh is a 35 years old artists, who lives in Las Vegas with her boyfriend and her cat. She is the creator of “the Little Red Roundbottom” online comics, and featured on such TV shows as “Secret Lives of Women” and “SexTV.” Megh, NeoPopRealism Starz International Art Competition3rd Place winner - Erotica“Megh’s colorful erotic art works are full of energy. She uses her talent to capture the essence of pure erotica and illustrates her real life with vivid imagination,” said 2nd NeoPopRealism Starz Art Competition juror Nadia Russ. Megn is also a cannibal fetish model and a vivid reader of true-crime…



1st Honorable Mention: Milan Kuzica (Prague, Czech Republic).

Milan KuzicaWhen a child, Milan Kuzica was completely obsessed with just a pencil drawing. Milan touched the clay for the first time relatively late, probably when he was eight. He said: “From as far as I can remember, I was always interested in visual arts. And it was not based on my decision, it was given to me. To name the sources of my inspiration I would have to travel through centuries or even millenniums. Today I‘m in a mood for Calder, but month ago I would have chosen some unknown Aztek or Egyptians… But I live under the star of Greece antiquity and its late periods…”
Milan Kuzica thinks that Art is the human manifestation of free mind, and it gives opportunity to the artist capture, depict, reflect and open up his inner world, no matter
medium he uses - pen, brush, music, or film…
“Is art irreplaceable?” Milan Kuzica continues his thoughts. “It is irreplaceable in its potential to record daily human emotions and memory.”
If you will ask Milan “what is your wildest dream?” He will respond: “To be able to support myself solely on independent production.” And probably it is the dream of every artist
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Milan Kuzica was born November 12, 1962. In 1981, he graduated from High School of Fine Arts and Design in Kremnica (Slovakia). In 1991 - from Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava (Slovakia). In 1992, he graduated from Komenius University in Bratislava.
In 1996 - 1997 Milan was teacher at TAFE University in Perth, Australia.
Ordinary SeedHe was working as a sculptor, industrial designer, graphic designer, and participated internationally in exhibitions and symposiums - in Australia and Belgium, Czech Republic and Holland, Slovak Republic and USA.
Milan is a Member of the Slovak Union of Artists. Now he lives in Prague.
“Artwork of Milan Kuzika ‘Ordinary Seed’ is a sensuous expression of man’s erotic side. Milan’s sense of humor is blooming with originality, and artistic touch gives birth to fresh and unique idea transformed in to an object,” said juror Nadia Russ.

2nd Honorable Mention: Pete Herzfeld (Washington DC, USA).

Pete Herzfeld, an Assistant Professor Department pf Visual Arts, Frrostburg State University, Honorable mention, 2nd International NeoPopRealism Starz art competitionPete Herzfeld is an Assistant Professor of Department of Visual Arts, Frostburg State University.
His inkjet “paintings” attempt to illustrate the socio-politico tension generated by death: “When we die, we leave in our wake a trail of artifacts and places that we have shaped, constructed and designed."
Pete is interested in the power of places and artifacts to tell the stories of people who may have passed through. “I use real people in order to stress the reality of our human condition,” he said. “The narrative of the images is intuitive, a piling up of layers with visually chaotic meaning. The artifice is immediately apparent, while the underlying meaning fluctuates according to the viewer’s perceptions and pre-conceived notions of what “death notice” and “weather report” means to them. Realization of meaning is anchored in some partial truth, but the images’ aim is to convey something important despite the dailyness of the individual images.”
His thoughts: “... the inherent artifice within these images is intentional and measured to elicit response, to seduce and engage the viewer.
This response is calculated to be ambiguous and conflicted, but it is also meant to do justice to its final message. Certain words and phrases have entered the collective consciousness through the repetitiveness of the media. A less specific and larger interaction of contrasting scales and meanings now enter into other conflicting dimensions: ideologies, religions, cultures, and traditions.”
Pete Herzfeld said about NeoPopRealist ten canons and how they related to him:
1. Be beautiful.
“From the inside out and share it with others.”
2. Be creative & productive, never stop studying & learning.
“A mantra that exists deep in my soul - I'm a professor, so I profess.”
3. Be peace loving, positive minded.
“I'm a non-violent, pacifist, who can't fathom the $ we throw away on militaristic garbage.”
4.
Do not accept communistic philosophy.
“Or capitalism philosophies.”Pete Herzfeld, Blackwell
5. Be free-minded, do the best you can to move the
world to peace and harmony.
“Amen brother.”
6. Be family-oriented, self-disciplined.
“Three kids and a wife.”
7.
Be free-spirited. Follow your dreams, if they are not destructive, but constructive.
“I am living my dream.”
8.
Believe in GOD. God is one.
“God is everywhere, in everything.”
9.
Be supportive to those who need you, be generous.
“An area where I can always do better in.”
10.
Create your life as a great adventurous story.
“My adventure is ongoing and opens my eyes to the wonders of the world, especially inside of my mind."
Juror Nadia Russ said: "Pete Herzfeld's artwork 'Blackwell' carries strong power of eternal beauty, spirituality, and class. Viewer will find here glamor and intellect, erotica and politics. Artwork 'Blackwell' gives birth to curiosity. This is an inspiring piece with flavor of mystery and with knowledge of the past."
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1st NeoPopRealism Starz Art Competition WINNERS:

Simon Kavanagh (Denmark). Designed Babies, Digital print, 60cmx30cm Simon Kavanagh1st Place: Simon Kavanagh (Denmark), Designed Babies, Digital Print.

Simon Kavanagh was born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1974. He lived in Paris, then he moved to Shanghai, later he has returned to Europe, Denmark...
In College, he studied Art and Design Education. He brought his skills into commercial multimedia, and within 1 year had become Creative director. Over the next six years he learned everything about production in all areas of MM for all platforms, inc. development of high end video and animation.
"I have always been an artist," Simon said. "Having the time to create is the challenge. When I lived in Shanghai, I found the stimulus there so intense that it allowed me the extra energy and inspiration to bring my art to the public. There, I had 2 major shows... a collection of 5 years work, and a graffiti show where I tested out my approach to interactive and media art on a large scale."
"What if the work of art becomes the interface, a dialogue of thoughts and perhaps also of common creation-cooperation and shared experience," Simon Kavanagh shares his thoughts with NeoPopRealism Journal. "The audience shares in the production of the exhibit,
contributes its imagination, and becomes a participant. An interactive art piece must facilitate the most natural and simple forms of human interaction, requiring of the user no special knowledge or skills - just a need to interact, a curiosity..."
"We need to take back the art world from the sellers and dealers, who place a false value and commodity status on art.
The greatest inhibitor is the artist themselves and the concept of artist as solo genius. As the biggest sacrifice to be made here, is the ego! the power to determine the art piece in its entirety, and to say when its finished. This is not the artists fault per-say, but more the fault of the way the colleges and art world see artists and train and shape them."
"I like NeoPopRealism," Simon continued. "Also, its funny how some of my ideas have revolved around revisiting Pop Art concepts and pieces again. Pop Art was a very important art movement, however, as it turned out it did as much damage as good for art. It brought art into the commercial age of mass production as well as challenging the concept of suitable subject matter. It lead to the commercialization of the art world, as I see it leading to massive inflation of art work during the 80s. It also inspired a new generation of artists to experiment and be provocative. Perhaps Pop Art is more relevant now, in the 21st century, using its topical, simple imagery to reach bigger audiences faster, like a commercial billboard which needs to be understood immediately, as everything is for sale, a commodity, but combined with new media and technology allowing for a new level of realism, accuracy and concision."
Starting in September 2009, Simon will focus on his art by reducing his employment. This will allow him the time he needs to develop some new pieces, software, concepts, ideas. He will also use this time to think about how to start working towards his goal of designing or helping to develop a masters curriculum in digital fine art, with a radical and interactive result. He is currently working in the KaosPilot in Denmark, a 3rd level education for social/radical entrepreneurs. Currently, he would like to do a PhD around the subject in order to strengthen and deepen the pedagogy.
For more information visit his web site at www.mediartists.net.


2nd Place: Grigory Gurevich (NJ, USA), Esse Homo, Pencil Drawing.

Grigory Gurevich, NeoPopRealism Starz Art Competition, 2nd Place (2009)Grigory Gurevich (USA) was born in Russia and
received his Masters degree in Art from Academy of Fine and Industrial Arts in St. Petersburg. Now he resides in the United States.
Grigory is a former professor of St. Johns University in New York and faculty member of Newark School of Fine and Industrial Arts Grigory Gurevich (New Jersey, USA), Esse Homo. Pencil drawing on paperin New Jersey. Sculptor, painter, graphic artist and print-maker, he had over 400 exhibitions in the United States and Europe. He conducted hundreds of sculpture workshops in Italy, Denmark and USA. Grigory's bronze tableau of seven life-size figures "The Commuters," sculpted in 1985 is installed at the Newark Penn Station in New Jersey.
His book "Reflections" features 17 linocuts, etchings and mixed media prints. This book can be found in the print collection of New York Public Library, the Rare Book collection of Newark Public Library, the Library of Saint Bonaventure University collection, and Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg in Russia. He created and patented a manifolding book, which also can be found in the libraries of Brooklyn Art Museum and Columbia University of Chicago.

He is the founder of "Arts on the Hudson" after school art program for gifted and talented students of Jersey City...
Grigory's motto: "There is nothing more permanent as CHANGE." His website is www.grigorygurevich.com


3rd Place: Frederique Krzis-Lorent (France), Sauge, Oil/Canvas.

Frederique Krzis-Lorent (France), NeoPopRealism Starz Art Competition, 3nd Place (2009)Frederique Krzis Lorent (Loos, France), Sauge. Oil/Canvas, 60cmx92cmFrederique Krzis-Lorent was born in 1956, in Rouen, France. In 1982, she has received her Advanced degree in Architecture D.P.L.G. She was working as an architect and textile designer... Professor of Applied Arts for 5 years, in 2001 she has received her Diploma in art therapy. Today, she is dedicating her life exclusively to the ART.
"Faithf
ul to the straight line, FrederiqueK often constructs her canvas starting from squares, a figure of rich symbolism that particularly suits her. To be rigorous is not to be rigid... FrederiqueK invites us to escape from the impotence, to react differently across our anguish. She is fascinated by fashion, and its refinement, its fabrics, her ideal of thinness, its light, its brilliance and its elegant women, its evanescence and its mystery. Behind the appearance, FrederiqueK paints woman in her modernity...." said art critic Alain Coudert.
Frederique Krzis-Lorent paints in her place in Lille, France. In her work, she focuses on the light, calm interior, the woman, nature. Stylish and sophisticated, her art works carry sign of the contemporary world with its glamour and amazing uniqueness. She said to the NeoPopRealism Journal that she is influenced by the Greek art and its manner to look at the human body through its sculptures (school of Praxitèle); by the Italian renaissance for the construction, the looks, the drapes, the colors, the dough thinness, the woman… Angelico, Filippo Lippi; by Vermeer for the light - the post-impressionists to touch it canvas; and the Russian constructivism (20s) because the color has a preponderant place in the reflection of the latter, and also because she is an architect.
She
uses old techniques. "The Néopopréalism imposed to me as an evidence, by my state of mind and my taste for the feminine portrait..." Frederique added: "My goal for the future is to show my canvases in the United States." For more information visit www.frederique-k.com
Honorable Mention: Paolo Scalera (London, U.K.), Protest 2000, Photography.

Paolo Scalera (Ireland), NeoPopRealism Starz Art Competition, Honorable Mention (2009) Paolo Scalera (United Kingdom) was born in Italy. Now he lives in London. Paolo's connection with Italy inspires his work through using the chiaroscuro technique. His work possesses a sense of simplicity, feelings of nostalgia and romanticism; his camera captures his emotions and joy of life.
Paolo Scalera (Dublin, Ireland), Protest 2000. Photography, 40cmx50cmPaolo Scalera has worked as a freelance photographer for many publications, including Elle Japan, The Irish Independent and Food and Wine Magazine. He exhibits his work since 1999, and developed a form of printing images using traditional printing techniques. Paolo created series of black-and-white images using the photographic darkroom, without digital imagery and manipulation...
For more info visit:
www.iicdublino.esteri.it


References:
www.neopoprealismstarz.com

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