MODERN ART


 

 

 

 

 

Grey Cube Gallery proudly presents the second Modern Art online art show for the month of September 2021. The show encompassed a range of artistic styles and mediums (oil on canvas, acrylic, watercolor, charcoal, collage, resin, polyactid acid, photography, digital). Each submission has been judged based on the following elements of artistic expression: orginality and quality of art, overall design, creativity, interpretation of the theme, demonstration of artistic ability and usage of medium. Out of all entries, 91 artworks were shortlisted for inclusion in the show. The competition attracted entries from many countries across the world: USA, Canada, Italy, Taiwan, Portugal, United Kingdom, Russia, Croatia, Germany, Australia, Hong Kong, Poland and Austria. Enjoy the show and thank you for expressing an interest in our competition.

 

 

 

 

BEST OF SHOW

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Jeff Pullen - And Now The Night Is Still

oil paint and wax on canvas - 48'' x 36''

 

 

Jeff Pullen was born in New York City 1948 and is where he has spent his entire career living and working. Studying for his BFA and MFA in Painting at Pratt Institute Pullen was fortunate to work under artists Ernest Briggs, Edward Dugmore and George McNeil. He began exhibiting almost immediately after graduation, signing his first gallery contract in 1977 with the Neill Gallery in Soho, where he spent four years. In the succeeding forty years Pullen worked with many galleries throughout the country and abroad highlighted by a 20+ year representation with Adamar Fine Arts, in Miami. Pullen has enjoyed over fifty solo exhibits and numerous group shows, his work represented internationally in many private collections, as well as several public institutions. This new series of abstract paintings and collages, which began in mid 2017, evolved over time and were not only influenced by, but were a radical departure from my long-time painting on construction series, a reality/illusion dynamic addressing the shifting of the Picture Plane by painting my imagery on constructions of wood, plexi-glass, louver doors, car-hoods, etc., forming a pictorial/sculptural continuum. A return to my early roots in abstraction these new works are compositions of form, color and movement based both in nature as well as inspired by man-made cultural influences including neon, reflections, faded walls and billboards, shadows and light on walls.

 

 

 

 

FIRST PLACE

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Steven Iseman - Modern Economics

polyactid acid - 11'' x 11''

 

 

Look closer. Can you see it? There is an extra dimension to my work. Modern Art is ideal for introducing modern artistic tools, and I have made it my focus to explore the opportunities that new technologies can offer. I design sculptural images in three dimensions and generate them - layer-by-layer - using material printers. There are few teachers or practitioners in this medium, and I am enthralled by the creative opportunities found in unconstrained innovation - the process is as much fun as the result. I express art through technology and I draw my ideas from a lifetime of passions - law, travel, science, and fatherhood. Each experience shapes my art: the power of simplicity; the impact of perspective; attention to the process; and from fatherhood, when you finally stop fussing and step back, the most interesting part is what happens next. This is the spirit that I bring to my designs. I live, laugh and work in Toronto, Canada.

 

 

 

 

SECOND PLACE

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Paul Gravett - Colour Study 18

photography - 16'' x 20''

 

 

In my photography, I explore intersections of photography and contemporary art where light and colour become the subject matter to reveal rich palettes, patterns, layers, and textures. Using different techniques, all the images start in the camera as I look beyond the object to explore unseen elements and abstractions of the visceral world. Reality recedes and light, colour and pattern create fragments of mysterious ‘otherness’ in these painterly images. Each Colour Study originates with photographs of papers and films, layered three to five deep on a stack of glass shelves. With the camera positioned directly above, each layer is photographed in focus as the others fall outside of the field of focus. In Photoshop, starting with six to eight original photographs layered, additional layers are "stamped" and blended to create abstractions that reference contemporary art, including pointillism, colour fields, opaque and transparent layers, collage, and textures. The experimental technique remains true to the original photographs as nothing is added or subtracted in the process - everything that makes up the final image has been teased out of the original set of photographs.

 

 

 

 

THIRD PLACE

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Michael Wagner - Tondo Nr.3-21

acrylic on polystyrene

 

 

It inspires and fascinates me to create my own, special imagery from the color body, which allows reminiscences of the natural world. It is a world of pure color, a non-representational world that derives its meaning from the attitude and approach of the artist, who thus gives the color strength and content.

 

 

 

 

 

 

MERIT AWARD

 

 

 

 

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HONORABLE MENTION

 

 

 

 

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FINALISTS

 

 

 

 

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