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BEST IN SHOW EVENT
** 2021 **

WELCOME!!
Gallery Ring honours and celebrates the "Best In Show" winners
from the previous shows of 2020 with this exclusive exhibition and contest.
The winning artworks are featured alongside two new works from each respective
artist which are eligible to win one of three "Diamond Awards Of Excellence".
Winners will be announced soon.

The artists below are listed chronologically by show.
Thank you to these thirteen exceptional artists for sharing their talent and artistic vision!!
Enjoy the show!!
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see the three WINNERS here!!

MONICA ORRLING
BEST IN SHOW -- FLOWER -- JANUARY 2020

"MY MOTHER'S GARDEN #12"
Oil -- 36 X 36 inches
monicaorrlingart@gmail.com
www.monicaorrling.com




"IN ALL HER GLORY"
Oil on canvas -- 36 X 36 inches
$1200.00


"SIGNS OF SUMMER"
Oil on canvas -- 36 X 48 inches
$1500.00


ARTIST STATEMENT
"My interest is with bright, bold colours and playing with the lights and the darks of my palette.  I hope to capture the energy of my subjects and want to stir that emotional energy within us all.  I paint primarily in water-soluble oil paints on canvas and occasionally on board. Painting in oil gives my florals a depth and allows me to capture the life and warmth of my subjects.  I work in several thin layers using both transparent and opaque paints and let each layer dry thoroughly before layering with more paint.  With each new layer comes the refinement of the painting, always evolving until it is finished.  I carefully plan while creating the negative spaces in my paintings as it balances and emphasizes the beauty of the colours and subject.  I keep some edges sharp and crisp and others blurred and defused all while creating that energy which captivated me about my subject." -- MONICA ORRLING


BIOGRAPHY
Monica Orrling is an Elected Member of the Society of Canadian Artists - SCA. Monica recently changed career paths to paint full time in Mississauga, Ontario where she lives.  Graduating from Interior Design in 1989, Monica worked for many years in the Interior Design industry in Toronto and most recently in the office furniture design field.  Monica works primarily in oil and watercolour. Using depth of colour she captures the intensity of her subjects. Most recently she has been focusing on bold, large, colourful florals in oil and letting her love of nature guide her with her watercolours. With depth of layering, vibrant colours and translucent paints she creates flow and movement within her paintings. Although primarily self taught, Monica’s greatest influence in her art career is her father who has been painting for many years.  Watching and learning throughout the years has allowed her to gain valuable knowledge as an artist. She also participates in workshops by other influential painters to help continue her growth.


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NATALIE WETZEL
BEST IN SHOW -- ABSTRACT -- FEBRUARY 2020

"HE HAS MADE EVERYTHING BEAUTIFUL IN ITS TIME"
Mixed media -- 18 X 18 inches
www.instagram.com/natalie_wetzel




"TRANSFORMATION CELEBRATION"
Mixed media -- 12 X 12 inches


"RENEWAL"
Mixed media -- 20 X 16 inches -- SOLD


ARTIST STATEMENT
"Making art is a way of life for me – deep, dynamic and transforming.  It is, I believe, a spiritual act that enables me to connect to the world and my pilgrimage through it in ways that widen my imagination and deepen my faith. Through art I am able to explore the unseen worlds around me, opening my mind to the magnitude of beauty, complexity and order as well as tragedy and chaos that lies within each human experience.  This gives rise to a necessity for a hope found beyond our current condition and apparent realities. Art is not the answer or the hope itself but rather an invitation to explore truth and transcendence.  Although primarily abstract in nature, each one of my paintings is a self-portrait conveying something intimately more personal than words alone articulate.  
Vivid and intense color voluntarily flow, forming organic shapes that express freedom, spontaneity and a child-like playfulness. Poured, dripped, sprayed and splattered paint traverse deliberate and controlled lines and circles; these create questions within me. Careful consideration of composition compels me to unite the chaos with structure.  Two opposing forces collide.  This new reality promotes a place where the beauty of freedom is kept in balance, but not compromised, by a determined and fixed end.  It is an antinomy- a paradox of “controlled freedom.”  Thus, my art serves as a metaphor for my personal understanding and interpretation of the human condition." -- NATALIE WETZEL

BIOGRAPHY
Natalie Wetzel is a professional, award-winning artist who lives in Normal, Il with her husband of nearly 30 years. They have four children together. Natalie holds a bachelor’s degree in fine art from Illinois State University.  Natalie owned and operated a fine art and gift boutique in Normal, Il formerly known as The Pod. There, she represented many local artists, as well as made and sold her own art. In February 2018, she closed her boutique in order to focus more intensively on her artwork. Since that time, she has been prolific in her production as well as sales. She is primarily a mixed-media artist. She enjoys working from a smooth surface, like claybord, and prefers to work with encaustic, acrylic, and ink. Although Natalie considers herself to be an abstract artist, she also enjoys incorporating identifiable subject matter into her work. She has found by doing so, more people can relate to and connect with her paintings. She is most well-known for her strong use of color. Natalie has been chosen for an artist residency two years in a row for the McLean
County Art Center in addition to having participated in a three person show there in 2020.  She is looking forward to 2021 where her artwork will be sold and represented by the beautiful Woodwalk Art Gallery in Door County, Wisconsin.



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MANUELA MOLDOVAN
BEST IN SHOW -- LANDSCAPE -- APRIL 2019

"ON A FOGGY DAY"
Mixed media -- 24 X 20 inches
ionanapoda@gmail.com
www.manuelamoldovan.com




"ON NOVA SCOTIA SHORES"
Mixed media collage -- 20 X 24 inches


"ON A NOVEMBER DAY"
Mixed media -- 48 X 30 inches -- $900.00


ARTIST STATEMENT
"My father introduced me to oil tubes and helped me prepare canvas. I became fascinated by this media and explored it on my own, working with colors and capturing the charm and splendor of our surroundings. I find myself deeply connected with nature which is dynamic and profound yet calm and peaceful with incredible energy and vibration.
I have a passion for joy and color, multiple techniques and texture and I feel truly blessed to share my work with the viewers. After applying a few acrylic paint layers on my canvas, I start working with cold wax/oil paint/textile/sand and other materials, unleashing my creativity, imagination and reflection. I prefer working on larger canvases and I want the viewer to experience the intensity and the depth of a forest, landscape or a floral composition. During my travels, I marvel at the majesty of mountains with their peaks always in the fog, lakes and forests or tiny islands on a hazy day; the mystery unraveled.  I started adding alcohol ink, Japanese paper, prints of my pictures or my work because I love to build images and to experiment continually with rich layers.  My vision is to bring to my work the warmth, joy and mystery that Mother Nature instills into people's hearts." -- MANUELA MOLDOVAN


BIOGRAPHY
Manuela Moldovan was born in Romania and moved with her family to Canada not long after the Berlin wall came down.
Living in Toronto, she has been passionate about all aspects of art from a very young age such as dance, photography, theater and painting. She is a self-taught artist who loves to discover and be challenged. She started painting with oil on stretched canvas with brushes and palette knives and later included cold wax which she found attractive due to its effects on depth, texture, volume and dimensions. She collects bark, lichens, sand and other organic materials she feels connected with and incorporates them in her paintings.  She loves capturing the mystery of any corner of the planet and imagines a beautiful, vibrant and dynamic world.  Manuela is a member of Visual Arts Mississauga, Markham Group of Artists and is an associate member of the Canadian Society of Artists. She is very active on the global art scene due to digital art galleries. MADS Milano presented one of her works during the Fashion Week, September 2020.  Her paintings are privately owned in Canada and Romania.



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JOEL SOBELSON
BEST IN SHOW -- STILL LIFE -- APRIL 2020

"IN THE BAG"
Pastel -- 22 X 17 inches
www.jsobelson.wixsite.com/joel-sobelson



ARTIST STATEMENT
“I recognize that even though something may be called a “still life”, my work strives to capture the emotional authenticity of the memories that the object carries for me." -- JOEL SOBELSON


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ELISABETH SOMMERVILLE
BEST IN SHOW -- BRIGHT SPIRITS -- MAY 2020

"GROUP OF SEVEN"
Six-colored stone lithograph -- 20 X 20 inches
Sommerville@telus.net
www.elisabethsommerville.com



"ALL EYES"
Egg tempera on panel -- 18 X 24 inches -- $2160.00


"MOUSER"
Egg tempera on panel -- 22 X 22 inches -- SOLD


ARTIST STATEMENT
"For as long as I can remember, I wanted to be an artist. When I was a kid I was always drawing and nagged my mother about going to art school and when I got there I loved every minute of it. I’ve never developed a style that’s loose and spontaneous like many painters. I prefer meticulous detail and happily spend hours and even months doing a single work. I love watching the antics of crows and have a fascination with owls, both of which I return to again and again as subjects." -- ELISABETH SOMMERVILLE


BIOGRAPHY
Elisabeth Sommerville graduated from the Alberta College of Art in Calgary. After a career in graphic design, she studied printmaking and found the traditional method of stone lithography complemented her drawing skills. Her Métis heritage has influenced her choice of subject matter: landscapes, trees and especially birds. After twenty years drawing and printing stone lithographs, the physical demands of the medium made it difficult to continue. Elisabeth now works in her home studio painting with egg tempera, one of the oldest of painting techniques. Few artists today use egg tempera since it is a time-consuming method entailing fine brushstrokes and repeated layering of translucent paint, which gives the resulting painting a luminous quality.  Elisabeth is a member of the Federation of Canadian Artists, achieving SFCA Signature Status and recently was chosen as an elected member of the Society of Canadian Artists. Her work is in collections in Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and the USA.



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GEORGE GONZALEZ
BEST IN SHOW -- COLOUR -- MAY 2020

"CUP OF CANDY"
Oil on panel -- 14 X 11 inches
george@gonzalezstudios.com
www.gonzalezstudios.com




"CAROUSEL HORSE"
Oil on canvas -- 30 X 40 inches -- $8500.00


"BLUE AND GOLD"
Oil on panel -- 14 X 11 inches -- $3500.00


ARTIST STATEMENT
"Although realistic and contemporary in style, the paintings I create are developed in the Old Masters' tradition of color glazes and I am currently exploring adding dimensions of surrealism and trompe l'oeil to my still life paintings.  Since the first day I began to draw, I've always had a love for still life.  Unlike other genres, still life allows me more control over lighting, composition, arrangement, design and color.  My work is influenced by the art of the Dutch Masters, Caravaggio, Harnett, Dali and Magritte." -- GEORGE GONZALEZ

BIOGRAPHY

Richness, elegance, creative diversity and emotional characterization are the hallmarks of this Texas artist born in 1966.  When combined with his dramatic use of lighting, shadow and color, his canvases quickly create a mood of gentle and vivid emotions.  Even more significant is Mr. Gonzalez's sense of detail, not only in the realism of his subject matter but in the attention he takes to prepare his canvases and panels. Primarily self-taught, Mr. Gonzalez has gained invaluable experience through extensive book studies and by attending museums.  



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JIM HALLER
BEST IN SHOW -- PEOPLE -- JUNE 2020

"SIDE EFFECTS"
Ink and pills -- 28 X 23 inches
www.jimhaller.com

"36"
Ink on board -- 48 X 36 inches


ARTIST STATEMENT
"My work deals mostly with health issues I struggle with and the fears and anxieties that accompany them.  I've recently been exploring the relationship between my childhood and my adult life experiences and the effect that sickness and medication has had on my personal identity.  My goal is to create inspiring artwork from my negative experiences that, hopefully, others can relate to."
-- JIM HALLER

BIOGRAPHY

Jim Haller is an artist and educator who was born in Pittsburgh, PA and now lives in Northern Virginia.  He works mostly in pen and ink and his work has been shown in a number of exhibits in Pittsburgh, New York and the DC Area.



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HENRIETTE VAN STADEN
BEST IN SHOW -- ANIMAL -- JULY 2020

"MOZCOW"
Panpastel  and pastel pencil -- 28 X 20 inches
henriette@thecountrycreative.co.za
www.henriettevanstaden.co.za




"CATCHING FLIES IN PARADISE"
Pastel pencil -- 12 X 10 inches -- SOLD


"LAST LIGHT"
Panpastel, pastel pencil -- 28 X 40 inches -- SOLD


ARTIST STATEMENT
"I have always been fascinated by animals but have found myself drawn even more to birds of late - even taking part in the Big Birding Day in 2020. Nature seems to be filled with contradiction - the grace of a fearless predator, the strength and tenacity of seemingly fragile birds, the nurturing instincts of lumbering pachyderms.  There is so much beauty and depth in the small lives we so easily overlook, so many nuances we don't see.  I find myself discovering the creatures as I draw them, getting to know them intimately, attempting to draw life onto paper.  I adore pastel for its vibrant colour and versatility - it can be soft or edgy and brilliant or subdued.  It's a medium filled with the same ambiguous properties as nature - always hard and soft at the same time.  It gives and allows and there is always more to learn.  The ultimate success to me though, is having people step right up to the painting to see the lines and textures that create the image of a living creature they thought they knew.  In that moment of study I believe they discover as I do when I draw."
-- HENRIETTE VAN STADEN


BIOGRAPHY

Henriëtte van Staden was born in Bethlehem, South Africa in 1981, the eldest of four siblings and the only one not to pursue an engineering degree. After obtaining a BCom degree in Risk Management and a brief stint in banking and foreign exchange she left the corporate sector to follow a more creative path and enjoyed a successful career as an international wedding photographer for 8 years. While she sporadically drew on and off during her thirties, it was only in 2017 that she decided to try her hand at drawing 'more seriously'.  Greatly influenced by her love for all things feathered and furry and the way light illuminates nature, she became obsessed with capturing the minute details of life in coloured pencil. By 2018 she discovered pastel pencils and Panpastel - 'her medium' as she lovingly describes it and decided to follow a full-time career as a wildlife artist.  She featured in The South African Artist Magazine Issue 35 soon after and in February 2019 she hung up her camera and threw herself into the pursuit of an art career. Her work is delicate and feminine in nature with a fine attention to detail and knack for capturing life in the eyes of her subjects.  She also loves the texture of soft pastel and creates more impressionistic style works in both wildlife and landscapes in this medium.  Henriette is the Pencil Brand Ambassador for Artsavingsclub and contributes to their blog on the subjects of coloured pencil and pastel.  She is an associate member of the Society of Animal Artists and a professional member of the International Guild of Realism but her proudest achievement to date has been as a Wildlife Artist of the Year Finalist in 2020.  Henriette is also the Founder of The Drawing Guild which hosted their first show in Nelspruit in October 2020.  Her dream is to promote the work of dry media artists and inspire young artists in the media of coloured pencil, pastel, graphite and charcoal. In November 2020 Henriette and fellow artist Coleen Williams opened Rukoko Art Gallery and studio in the Lowveld town of White River.


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ARLENE KOSZOREK
BEST IN SHOW -- LAND WATER SKY -- AUGUST 2020

"CRIMSON SKY"
Acrylic and mixed media -- 36 X 30 inches
akoszorek@gmail.com



"TAKE WARNING"
Acrylic on canvas -- 30 X 30 inches -- $800.00


"SAPPHIRE DREAMS"
Acrylic on canvas -- 36 X 48 inches -- $1600.00


ARTIST STATEMENT
"Throughout my life I have always been drawn to colour and how it effects me personally. A bright, summer day makes me happy and the brilliance of the changes in the colours of the leaves excites me. All the while a cold, gray January can leave me tired and sad. This is the personal relationship I have with my abstract paintings. It allows a release of my inner feelings and can feel like a weight has lifted.  Working in acrylic, along with various items for texture, gives me the opportunity for a speedy outcome. There is very little I have to wait for or opportunity for me to spend time thinking of where I am going or what I am doing. The work I am presently involved in is meant to make the viewer not only see but feel."-- ARLENE KOSZOREK


BIOGRAPHY

Arlene Koszorek lives in the Greater Toronto Area and although she is largely self-taught she has studied with many local instructors. These workshop instructors have helped her glean skills and techniques that draw her in. From those classes she has developed and created a style which is quite unique and very much her own. Her love of colour, texture and movement are extremely apparent when viewing her large non-objective acrylic works. Her brilliant use of bold expanses of colour along with textures, created by mixed media, make her artwork vibrant and exciting. These paintings draw attention wherever they are exhibited and truly display emotion.  Recently, Arlene has found the confidence to enter into many online, juried competitions and exhibitions and has found herself receiving accolades for the work which comes from her heart.


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PACO MARTIN
BEST IN SHOW -- OPEN -- SEPTEMBER 2020

"MANDARINS AND PAPER"
Coloured pencil -- 13 X 10 inches
www.pacomartin.art




"PINK RIBBON"
Coloured pencil -- 8 X 12 inches


"IT'S YOUR TURN"
Coloured pencil -- 16 X 20 inches


ARTIST STATEMENT
"I have always enjoyed capturing the beauty of everyday objects. My first works with colored pencils were always botanical: mushrooms, fruits, medicinal plants. A few years ago, I felt the drive to paint everyday objects and I discovered by chance a lot of possibilities around me. I was taking photographs until I was able to capture the perfect one."
-- PACO MARTIN

BIOGRAPHY

Paco Martín has been passionate about colored pencils since the time he was in Elementary School in Madrid, Spain. He kept such passion alive during his school years and through College. When he was in College, Paco realized that all the self-taught techniques that he had acquired so far were not enough. He needed some formal training and guidance and he found it through the lessons of Sarita Muñiz. He learned how to paint with oil and he was captivated by pastel. The new learning also helped him improve with colored pencil and Paco realized that this was his medium. However, he felt that there was a long way ahead of him in order to become the best version of himself as an artist.


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JEFFREY ODIORNE
BEST IN SHOW -- CITY -- OCTOBER 2020

"RED MOON"
Acrylic on canvas -- 48 X 84 inches
jtodesign1@aol.com
www.jeffreyodiorne.com




"THE CITY: DUSK"
Acrylic on canvas -- 48 X 84 inches -- SOLD


"THE CITY: DAY AND NIGHT"
Acrylic on canvas -- 30 X 48 inches


ARTIST STATEMENT
"I am a painter coming from a decades-long pursuit of ideas in the highly-competitive creative atmosphere of New York City’s advertising world. The way of seeing that promoted unusual visual juxtapositions in my compositions and designs is the lineage I now use to arrive at unexpected results in my art. Lyrical, symbolic and full of joyous color, my paintings operate somewhere between meaning and feeling and what you’ve seen before or didn’t know you had. A rigorous production process, often involving pouring and scraping paint to obscure what was once precious, underscores my ultimate quest: to hit rock bottom in order to come to the one statement that needed to surface. Not limited to any particular subject areas for exploration and invention, I am as interested in the abstract gritty textures of the city as I am in the rhythms and calming beauty of nature." -- JEFFREY ODIORNE


BIOGRAPHY
Jeffrey Odiorne studied Fine Arts at Cornell University and at the Philadelphia College of Art where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. He also studied painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. After a career as an Art Director, Creative Director and Graphic Designer he began devoting his creativity to painting in 2007. Since then his work has been exhibited in New York City, Paris, Miami and many other venues and is in international private collections.  He lives and works in Princeton, New Jersey in the summer and fall and in Sarasota, Florida in the winter and spring.


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SUSANNE WEBER
BEST IN SHOW -- I LOVE... -- NOVEMBER 2020

"I LOVE...SUMMERTIME"
Mixed media -- 18 X 15 inches
www.susifilzt.at/english/




"ALL IS WELL"
Fiber -- 16 X 20 inches


"LUMOS!"
Fiber -- 16 X 20 inches


ARTIST STATEMENT
"My artistic approach is to prove that felting, an ancient textile process believed to be the oldest form in existence, can be art. Fibers are defined as a painting medium, complying with many of the rules relating to Visual Arts. Since I have started working in Mixed Media, the similarities are even more striking to me. Based on my admiration for Monet and Turner and their use of light, I am obsessed with capturing the light in numerous settings. I love experimenting with unusual fibers and materials from stainless steel to Kozo bark and gold leaf.  Using violence-free and sustainable supplies is a vital issue, and processing raw wool off the sheep to hand-dyed 'painting' material has become increasingly important to me.  I never know what will inspire me next – one time it may be a beautiful Art Nouveau glass window, the other time a misty landscape or a fascinating human or animal face.  In rare cases pictures emerge from unprocessed fleeces and tell their own story – for this reason any visible bits of vegetable matter are not unwanted, but highly desirable and part of the painting.  Most of my works have a little fairy-tale or mystic touch.  Life has become so overloaded with serious stuff and awareness-raising, thus people who look at my art are invited to take a little break from all this, let their fantasy flow and just enjoy.  Playing with light, fibres and secrets fills me with utter happiness and I want to share these vibes." -- SUSANNE WEBER


BIOGRAPHY
Austrian felt and mixed-media artist Susanne Weber is a studied biologist and has her own medical translation business. Drawing and painting had no importance for a very long time in her life because she had been totally discouraged by an art teacher during her school days. However, she became fascinated by creating pictures with fibres. She started felting on a cold winter day in 2014 with just a book for reference and was instantly hooked.  Susanne's art is regularly featured in magazines and exhibitions and in Autumn 2017 her work was shortlisted out of 2000+ entries in the Wraptious Design Competition, UK. From September to November 2018, the gallery ‘Polyphone Oikos‘ in the City of Vienna, Austria, hosted her first solo exhibition ‘…mit Wolle gemalt‘. In 2019, 'You are Me‘ was selected for #BeJane – an exclusive charity exhibition and auction of international artwork in Vienna to mark the 85th birthday of Dr. Jane Goodall.  The next solo exhibition ‘A Dream of Light and Fibres‘ will (hopefully) take place in June 2021 at the Textile Art Berlin.  Since 2016, Susanne has been co-organizer of the Annual Vienna Felting Festival. After taking some mixed-media art classes to improve her skills, Susanne finally discovered her love for watercolour pencils and gouache. Since then, she has been taking live and online classes in both felting and painting. Together with her husband and three cats, Susanne lives partly in Vienna and partly in a wild rose garden in Lower Austria.



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IRENE GEORGOPOULOU
BEST IN SHOW -- COLOURFUL -- DECEMBER 2020

"JOYFUL MEMORIES OF CHILDHOOD"
Pastel -- 14 X 11 inches
www.irenegeorgopouloufineart.com





"DEMETRIOS"
Pastel -- 12 X 10 inches -- $900.00




"PRECIOUS MEMORIES"
Pastel -- 8 X 11 inches



ARTIST STATEMENT
"I am a pastelist by preference and I loved this medium from the moment I picked up my first pastel in 2009, which was a turning point in my life, being a moment of enlightenment and revelation. Pastel is, beyond a shadow of doubt, a magical medium that reflects light in such way that the painting's surface emits a mystical glow. I am mainly a still life painter but I also enjoy portraiture. Pebbles, glass marbles, shells, toys and old coins are among my favorite subjects. By focusing on small daily objects, I try to gain insight into the secret nature of things by exploring them deeply. The expected outcome is bound to be the awareness that still life little objects do have an evocative expression and they can undoubtedly offer the viewer the privilege to experience art through a variety of angles. I aspire to praise the beauty and undeniable significance of simple things that have special meaning to us or to our beloved ones and to emphasize their undeniable contribution to the surroundings.  As an artist I feel an irresistible attraction towards realism. My passion is exploring and unveiling details. I love painting close-ups and my need to depict the chosen subject with great precision seduces me into a constant battle to master new skills of realism. I paint what I find beautiful and enjoy the process of painting. It’s always such a pleasure when my work resonates with people." -- IRENE GEORGOPOULOU

BIOGRAPHY
Irene Georgopoulou is an award-winning artist and her work has been published in art books and magazines, most notably: Poets and Artists Magazine, Hyperrealism Magazine, International Artist Magazine, Artist’s Magazine, Southwest Art Magazine, Pastel Journal, The Guide Artists Magazine, Pratique des Arts and a series of “Strokes of Genius” books. She is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, member of the Pastel Society of the West Coast, of Pastellisti Italiani, of Great Lakes Pastel Society, of International Guild of Realism and has achieved Master Circle Status with International Association of Pastel Societies. She is also a member of the Chamber of Fine Arts of Greece. Irene is a contemporary realist pastel painter. Her work focuses on still lifes and portraits. She loves transforming common objects into luminous still life paintings. Her exploration of the evocative, expressive power of the details that she captures in her artworks, brings the notion of realistic painting to a new level of significance engaging the viewers into a multi-layered visual experience. Her composition and overall aesthetic as well as her bold use of color give her work a modern vibe and contemporary flavor. Her work was juried into art shows such as IGOR, IAPS and PSWC and she participated in many art competitions. Some of them are the 14th Annual ARC Salon, Southwest Art Magazine Artistic Excellence, Pastel100 and Richeson75. She has participated in numerous exhibitions in USA, Italy, France, China, Greece and Turkey. Irene’s art is in many private collections worldwide.


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