We are happy to announce the winner of our In Living Color Showdown competition:
Internationally-renowned artist Barnaby Furnas selected these two works from the pool of 30 talented finalists, with the following comments:
“Both artists are successfully mining the often fertile territory between abstraction and representation.
In Luciana Levinton’s painting “Le coeur du systeme”, that vibrant, hovering red transcends and transforms the architectural forms that provide their shape. The red shapes read as portals and abstract form – both transformative and stubbornly formal.
In Paula Baader’s painting “Sumi’s Workplace”, the dabs of paint record space and activity at the same time. It is a drawing and a painting at the same time in the same way as it is an abstraction and art studio at the same time. I find her color – a sort of notational use of color – very satisfying with lots of potential.”
- Barnaby Furnas
American artist & Final Round Judge
Barnaby Furnas’s Top 10 picks:
1st Place Winner: “Sumi’s Workplace” ($2,500) by Paula Baader, Germany
2nd Place Runner-Up: “Le cœur du système” ($4,000) by Luciana Levinton, Argentina
3rd: “Crocodile” ($1,500) by Sven Laurent, Belgium
4th: “Cool Caravan” ($2,600) by Mary Ann Wakeley, United States
5th: “The Pursuit of Happiness” ($5,200) by Thomas Heidt, Australia
6th: “The poet acts” ($8,000) by Matchoro Guy, France
7th: “Houndstooth Series (scarf)” ($5,400) by Pamela Staker, United States
8th: “Glowheart” ($750) by Elizabeth Williams, United States
9th: “Spatial Colony (of the Inner Landscape)” ($8,000) by Art Venti, United States
10th: “America Experimento” ($3,000) by Miguel Laino, United Kingdom
Many thanks to all those who submitted entries. We were thrilled with the high quality of the more than 3,000 submissions. We also thank those who participated in the community vote during the First Round. Please continue to support your fellow artists; we are so happy to have each one of you part of the Saatchi Online community!
Stay tuned for our next Showdown!