We are happy to announce the winner of our Bright Lights, Big City competition:
Internationally-renowned artist Eddie Martinez selected these two works from the pool of 30 talented finalists, with the following comments:
“The heavy use of red is very powerful. I like the red frame as well. I really like this piece because it reminds me somewhat of a Richard Hoblock painting, whose work I have recently started looking at. There is a shape in the painting that feels like an “EYE” that brings me back and simultaneously lets me move around the painting..
In Kaloust Guedel’s painting “Cityscape #147″, I like the impasto application and the collage techniques. Actually maybe it’s more of the build up of collage that is making it look like impasto. The teal, red and black combination at the top of the work is the anchor of it all and that works well.
- Eddie Martinez
American artist & Final Round Judge
Eddie Martinez’s Top 10 picks:
1st Place Winner: “Casino” ($1,500) by Georg Redzek, Serbia
2nd Place Runner-Up: “Cityscape#147″ ($8,000) by Kaloust Guedel, United States
3rd: “MY HANOI CITY” ($1,500) by Tran Tuan, Vietnam
4th: “20 Rockefeller Plaza NY NY 10020” ($2,400) by Peter Vahlefeld, Germany
5th: “Hotel centrum“ ($4.250) by Stephane Villafane, France
6th: “Mattresses and road-signs” ($950) by CK Aderem, United States
7th: “A Corner of the World” ($6,700) by Baltazar Castillo, United States
8th: “Passerby, Arrest, March” ($2,000) by Jaeyeol Han, South Korea
9th: “The Balcony” ($1,000) by Ahmet Murat Karayilan, Turkey
10th: “Fourth of July“ ($1,200) by Maurice Sapiro, United States
Many thanks to all those who submitted entries. We were thrilled with the high quality of the more than 2,500 submissions. We also thank those who participated in the community vote during the First Round. Please continue to support your fellow artists; we are so happy to have each one of you part of the Saatchi Online community!
Stay tuned for our next Showdown!