America's Best Galleries Name Ferguson, Harris, Galicano, Thapa, Phaizulline, Shook And Harada The World's Best Oil Artists Of 2016

This year the American Art Awards ( had winners from 40 countries including Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, England, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iran, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, UK, USA, and Wales.

I am president of, and happy to start revealing the winners, though most people know me from my portrayal of Phillip Chancellor III on The Young & The Restless and my BLUE X paintings  ( ).  

Max Ferguson had the highest amount of gallery points in the entire competition for his small oil tribute to 1920's flapper, Louise Brooks. India's Mukesh Thapa was awarded two places in this category, and won seven other awards in the other categories. All the winners in oil are exceptional talents. Phenomenal works.


1ST PLACE, AND BEST OF SHOW:  MAX FERGUSON, USA,, “Lulu [flapper Louise Brooks] In New York"  12 x 12"  Oil on panel.

2ND PLACE: RUSSELL HARRIS, USA,, "Passage"  16 x 20"  Oil on panel.

3RD PLACE: ROMULO N. GALICANO, PHILIPPINES,, "Siete De Agosto:  Allegory Of A Farce"  82 x 166"  Oil.

4TH - TIE:  MUKESH THAPA, INDIA,, "The Silent Friend"  34 x 29.5"  Oil.

4TH – TIE:  MUKESH THAPA, INDIA,, "Shade"  23.5 x 31.5"  Oil. 

5TH - TIE:  ILYAS PHAIZULLINE, RUSSIA,, "Man's Eternal Humiliation Of The Horse"  2.68 x 3m  Oil.

5TH - TIE:  S. RICHARD SHOOK, USA,, "Bike Club”  72 x  132”  Oil on canvas.

6TH PLACE:  TAKAYUKI HARADA, USA,, "In To Labyrinth"  15 x 15"  Oil on canvas.



Max Ferguson started as a filmmaker, making award-winning animated films as a teenager. As a visiting student at an art school in Amsterdam, his interest shifted to painting. “While my fellow art students were painting nudes of young women, I was painting octogenarians with canes.” Always a bit of a contrarian, Ferguson says, “It would seem that the louder and larger the work of my contemporaries grow, the quieter and smaller my paintings become.”

"My work is essentially autobiographical," says Ferguson, with his two most frequent models being his father and himself. "The more personal you get, the more universal you become. My paintings are generally populated by a solitary figure. In one sense it is a soliloquy. But there is someone else involved; the viewer. So it is more like a dialogue. It is that silent, emotional pas de deux between the two in which I am most interested."

Ferguson’s paintings are in many prominent private and public collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The British Museum, and the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

Ferguson is highlighted in this link for his tribute to flapper Louise Brooks:

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