Internationally-Renowned Artist Eddie Martinez to Judge Showdown

We are excited to announce that internationally renowned artist Eddie Martinez will be judging the final round of our Bright Lights, Big City Showdown competition.

Eddie, who is based in Brooklyn, makes paintings and drawings which Roberta Smith in the New York Times described as “a kind of updated, liberated Neo-Expressionism that looks all over the place for guidance: to Picasso, early Peter Saul, Arshile Gorky, Philip Guston, de Kooning and David Hockney.”  He has had solo shows at ZieherSmith, New York, Peres Projects, Berlin, Patricia Low Contemporary, Geneva, Galerie Mikael Andersen, Copenhagen, Seomi & Tuus, Seoul, Galleri Loyal, Stockholm, and his work has been featured in group exhibitions at various international institutions including KUNSTEN Museum of Modern Art, Aalborg, Denmark, Garage Center For Contemporary Culture, Moscow and Museo de la Cuidad de Mexico, Mexico City.

How is Showdown Judged?

After the submission period ends, the first round of voting is done by the community as well as by curators at the Saatchi Gallery and Saatchi Online with 300 works advancing to the second round. Those 300 consist of 50 works with the highest average ranking from the Community Vote, plus 250 from the curators mentioned. The curators finalize their selections after the results of the Community Vote have been determined so as to ensure no overlap.

From this 300, a jury led by Rebecca Wilson, Director of the Saatchi Gallery, chooses 30 works to go through to the final round. The final round of judging is done by an internationally renowned artist, such as this Showdown’s judge, Eddie Martinez, who will choose a winner and a runner-up.

Showdown is not at all a popularity contest in terms of who can manipulate social media most effectively. What the Community Vote provides is a chance for the community to voice their opinions. Ultimately, the winner is determined by the judge who chooses works from among a highly-selected pool of art.

Many thanks to those who have submitted entries and all those who are participating in the Community Vote. Best of luck!



  1. Bear says:

    coolio X

  2. Fizz says:

    I’m just wondering about an individual artist deciding the winner as, art being a somewhat subjective matter, that individual’s bias in his/her interests, likes, dislikes and interpretation of what constitutes validity and originality will surely influence a decision, whereas if left to a jury or panel a reached consensus would temper any such potential imbalance of judgement.


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