Congratulations to our Showdown Winner! Check out the Top 10

We are happy to announce the winner of our In Living Color Showdown competition:

Paula Baader‘s “Sumi’s Workplace” has earned judge Barnaby Furnas’ highest rank and will be shown at the Saatchi Gallery in London, along with runner-up “Le cœur du système” by Luciana Levinton.

Internationally-renowned artist Barnaby Furnas selected these two works from the pool of 30 talented finalists, with the following comments:

“Both artists are successfully mining the often fertile territory between abstraction and representation.

In Luciana Levinton’s painting “Le coeur du systeme”, that vibrant, hovering red transcends and transforms the architectural forms that provide their shape. The red shapes read as portals and abstract form – both transformative and stubbornly formal.

In Paula Baader’s painting “Sumi’s Workplace”, the dabs of paint record space and activity at the same time. It is a drawing and a painting at the same time in the same way as it is an abstraction and art studio at the same time. I find her color – a sort of notational use of color – very satisfying with lots of potential.”

- Barnaby Furnas
American artist & Final Round Judge

The best part? All works in the Top 10 are for sale!


Showdown Winner: “Sumi’s Workplace” ($2,500)

Runner-Up: “Le coeur du système” ($4,000)

Barnaby Furnas’s Top 10 picks:

1st Place Winner: “Sumi’s Workplace” ($2,500) by Paula Baader, Germany

2nd Place Runner-Up: “Le cœur du système” ($4,000) by Luciana Levinton, Argentina

3rd: “Crocodile” ($1,500) by Sven Laurent, Belgium

4th: “Cool Caravan” ($2,600) by Mary Ann Wakeley, United States

5th: “The Pursuit of Happiness” ($5,200) by Thomas Heidt, Australia

6th: “The poet acts” ($8,000) by Matchoro Guy, France

7th: “Houndstooth Series (scarf)” ($5,400) by Pamela Staker, United States

8th: “Glowheart” ($750) by Elizabeth Williams, United States

9th: “Spatial Colony (of the Inner Landscape)” ($8,000) by Art Venti, United States

10th: “America Experimento” ($3,000) by Miguel Laino, United Kingdom


Thank you

Many thanks to all those who submitted entries. We were thrilled with the high quality of the more than 3,000 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!


  1. congrats for all winner

  2. Judy Jones says:

    congratulations to the top two ! and also to the remaining 28, very well done .


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