This year the American Art Awards (www.AmericanArtAwards.com), scored by America's Top 25 Galleries, 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.
In CATEGORY 15, FASHION, galleries awarded American Andrew Brady most votes. Canadian JT Winik and India's Mukesh Thapa tied for 2nd. Canadian Sandrine Pelissier took 3rd, South Korea's Rhee Hyun Kim 4th, Laurens Vermausen of The Netherlands 5th and 6th went to UK's Carl Ince.
2016 AMERICAN ART AWARDS WINNING ARTISTS FOR CATEGORY 15. FASHION:
1ST PLACE: ANDREW BRADY, USA, www.andrewbrady.biz, "Access To Justice" 140 x 100cm Oil.
2ND – TIE: JT WINIK, CANADA, www.jtwinik.com, “4 Girls” 20 x 22” Oil on canvas.
2ND – TIE: MUKESH THAPA, INDIA, www.mukeshthapaart.com, "Traditional Dress" 24 x 32" Oil.
3RD PLACE: SANDRINE PELISSIER, CANADA, www.sandrinepelissier.com, "Slice Of Life II: Charlotte" 48 x 48” Acrylic and graphite on canvas.
4TH PLACE: RHEE HYUN KIM, SOUTH KOREA, www.wowjee1.wix.com/fullmoon, "Overcome" 920 x 180 x 260mm (4 pieces) Pen on toe shoes, wood, wax, artificial plant.
5TH PLACE: LAURENS VERMAESEN, THE NETHERLANDS, http://www.vermaesen.com, "Urban Artists" 90 x 70cm Oil.
6TH PLACE: CARL INCE, UK, www.saatchiart.com/account/artworks/895897, “Alan Shearer And Group NUFC" 18 x 24" Oil.
BIO ON 1ST PLACE WINNER ANDREW BRADY:
Born in England in 1971, Andrew Brady has always been fascinated with art. From an early age, he was always drawing: it was rare to see him without a pencil in his hand.
In later years Brady studied for a degree in Fine Art. The course specialized in digital media, but again and again he would return to painting as his source of inspiration and expression. Brady has worked in many different fields, including immunopharmacology, printing and electronics and occasionally still works in design and video editing. He has also performed as a singer and musician and is keenly interested in physics and cosmology - but painting has always been and continues to be his overriding passion.
Brady's work is influenced by many great artists from Bouguereau and Godward to Waterhouse and Leighton, but is still open to more contemporary techniques and ideas - including in his list of favourite artists such people as Chuck Close and Gottfried Helnwein.
About his work, Andrew says, "Painting is an intellectual pursuit. Painting requires prior learning. Painting is rigorous and of a technical nature, but a painting should not necessarily lay the burden of these demands upon its audience. I strive constantly to paint in a manner which fulfils these criteria - to create work which communicates those things which I cannot say with words, to communicate them clearly and, hopefully, to do so through the language of beauty."'
Andrew Brady is a member of the Oxford Art Society - currently celebrating its 125th anniversary - and regularly features in their exhibitions.
SEE MORE OF ANDREW BRADY'S WORK HERE: www.andrewbrady.biz
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