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Mansfield Art Center 74th Annual May Show

Recently I received good news that my 4 pastel paintings from Vanitas series were accepted into the 74th Annual May Show at Mansfield Art Center, Mansfield Ohio. And one of the pieces "Vanitas 14" won the best of show. It was totally unexpected and was a really nice surprise!


"Strokes of Genius" Volume 11

My drawing Vanitas 11 got accepted into the next edition of Strokes of Genius publication (number 11) as one of the winners. It is going to hit the book stores around the end of this year. This is a beautifully designed annual publication by North Light Books (the publisher of the Artists Magazine) that is dedicated to the art of drawing. This volume's subtitle is "Finding beauty". The juror was one of the artists I admire Steven Assael and I am in a good company of many artists I highly respect in this book. I am extremely honored.



MANIFEST Creative Research and Drawing Center INDA13

I saw one of the test cover designs of MANIFEST Creative Research and Drawing Center's publication International Drawing Annual 13 that is slated to come out at the end of this year. And my drawing "Bronzini" is one of the potential designs. I hope my piece gets picked up as the final. It would be truly an honor. I will keep my fingers crossed.


59th Mid-states Art Show follow up

On December 8th, I attended the opening of 59th Mid-states Art Show follow up at Evansville Museum, Evansville, IN. I met a lot of nice people of the museum as well as the visitors who talked to me and asked me about my art. It was fun. After the opening, I had a chance to look around their permanent collection. It was clear to me that they are working on collecting realism art pieces, mainly still-life. I saw some impressive pieces that I see for the first time in person, as well as a couple of familiar names from way back when.

Museum exterior view at night

Gallery view 1

Gallery View 2

My drawing 1

My drawing 2

Casey Bradley's sculpture

Jason Franz's drawing 1 (below)

Jason Franz's drawing 2

JT Thompson's painting (right)

Philip Jackson's painting

Philip Jackson's painting detail

Lowell Tolstedt's color pencil drawings

William Bailey's still-life painting

Soren Emil Carlsen's beautiful still-life

Russian painter Igor Melnikov's work

Fred Wessel's egg tempera painting

Fred Wessel's painting detail

Daniel Sprick's small study

Daniel Sprick's still-life with a bubble

Detail of Daniel Sprick's painting


59th Mid-states Art Show

Yesterday I received a phone call from Evansville Museum of Art and Science. I was informed that one of my pieces included in the upcoming 59th Mid-States Art Show won a purchase award from the museum. It was "Vanitas 11". This is the very first artwork of mine a museum purchased.