4B by John Ebel, oil on gessoed Masonite, 16" x 20"
From the artist: I started painting two years ago when I retired. I am self-taught and would
describe myself as a contemporary realist. I work exclusively in oil. I have
always felt that the artist's job was to show the viewer how to find beauty in
the not so obvious. Anyone can find beauty in a sunset or fall foliage, but
it's the artist who sees beauty in the decaying landscape of a New England
March, or a rusted and discarded object. I found the objects in my painting 4B
at a local flea market for a few dollars and developed the composition in my
studio after playing around with them. I think in their new configuration they
are quite beautiful. I hope that I have done my job as an artist.
Grand Prize--The Grand Prize winner receives a 6-week full scholarship to the
Studio Incamminati in Philadelphia, and up to $3,500 to cover travel expenses,
accommodations and art supplies.
Category Winners--The top three winners in each category (Drawing, Painting,
Sculpture) will be awarded a Utrecht ArtSmartTM gift card. First place receives
a $1,500 ArtSmartTM gift card, second place gets a $750 ArtSmartTM gift card, and
third place wins a $500 ArtSmartTM gift card.
Honorable Mentions--The three honorable mentions in each category will receive
Certificates of Merit from Utrecht Art Supplies.