24th Annual National Juried
Juror of Awards Huihan Liu OPAM
Exhibition of Traditional Oils
We are pleased to announce and welcome Huihan Liu OPAM as our 2015 National Exhibition Juror Of Awards.
Huihan Liu OPAM
Liu, Huihan born in 1952 in Guangzhou China.
Huihan graduate from Guangzhou Academy of Fine Art in Oil Painting Department with BA in 1975. He taught in the Art School of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Art in 1979-1985. Huihan was a candidate and was accepted by Graduate school of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Art in 1985. He went to the United State of America to further his study in 1987, graduated from the Graduate School of the Academy of Art College in San Francisco with an M.F.A. in 1989. Huihan taught in the Academy of Art University in San Francisco in 1993-2005. He is a Graduate School Adviser at Academy of Art University.
When he was in China, he had been participated many show exhibitions both in regional and national. Since Huihan has moved to the United States, he has been participating in many national painting shows and invitational exhibitions. His paintings have won many awards and have been collected by both private collectors and museums such as: "Gold Medal for Best Painting" in California Art Club's 92nd Annual Juried Exhibition; "First Place Winner" 9th Annual Mission San Juan Capistrano Plein Air Painting Event, Wilmington Trust Purchase Collection; "First Place Painting" Plein air exhibition in Bower Museum of Culture Art, Bowers Museum Contemporary Plein air Permanent Collection in Santa Ana ; "Best of Show In Painting-John Scott people's choice Award" The 25th Western rendezvous of Art, Helena; "Gold Medal for the Master Signature Division at the Oil Painters of America Western Regional Show; "Members' Choice Award for The Master Signature Division in Oil Painters of America National Exhibition. In 2012, Huihan's painting "Spring of Miao Village" has been selected by the Organization committee for the Olympic Fine Arts 2012 (London), which was exhibited in London during the 30th Olympic Games in London, was permanent collection by the National Museum in China. Huihan's work was featured in articles by many leading national artist/collector magazines such as Art of The West; Southwest Art Magazine; The International Artists Magazine and The Artist' Magazine. Huihan conducts a few invitational painting workshops both in the United States and abroad.
Huihan and his wife Liang, Weizhen are both full time painters live in Kensington in the Bay Area of San Francisco. They both love to travel and have many trips to Tibet, France, Italy, and Taiwan for their painting subjects. His son, Liu Jian graduated in Cornell University in 2008.
Huihan is an Artist Member of Guangdong Artists' Association China, Master Signature Member of Oil Painters of America, Master Member of American Impressionist Society, an Artist Signature Member of California Art Club, School of Art & Design Guangzhou University Professor in China.
Although an interest in wildlife ignited his passion to paint as a child, subject matter became less of a determining factor as Albin matured and gave way to a deep fascination with light and form as well as the art of communicating emotions through his work. A look at Albin's website and the work carried by galleries that represent him will show a fairly eclectic variety of subject matter, although he finds the various genres of figurative work to most adequately address his needs for expression.
Albin is a huge believer in hard work and determination as the driving force behind success, and his many field and life studies are the physical evidence of that belief. Far more work is produced for experimentation and exercise than is meant for the public eye. His desire to help others that find themselves at the early stages of development in a career of painting is the reason Albin currently teaches a life painting class at BYU-Idaho where he received his BFA in 2006. Teaching also increases his ability to understand his own work.
Although he appreciates and uses various mediums, oil painting has always been Albin's mainstay. Oil's versatility, workability as well as its feel is a combination of attributes that draw him to the medium.
Several people have been instrumental in Albin's development. Some, like Leon Parson, through close association and tutoring, and others such as Nicolai Fechin, Ilia Repin, Abram Arkhipov, Richard Schmid, Dan Gerhartz and Joaquin Serolla have influenced him profoundly through their work. When he was a child, his parents encouraged and supported his talent. Currently his wife and children are very supportive and grateful for his line of work. Other mentors, friends, and teachers that can't go unmentioned are Gerald Griffin, Matt Geddes, Mike Malm, Scott Christensen, Josh Clare, Carolyn Anderson, Ovanes Berberian, Nelson Boren and Bryan Mark Taylor.
Galleries that represent Albin's work are Trailside Gallery in Jackson, WY and Scottsdale, AZ, Waterhouse Gallery in Santa Barbara, CA and A Banks Gallery in Bozeman, MT. His work has been shown in museums and international collections and has been published in magazines such as Fine Art Connoisseur, Art of the West, and Southwest Art. Albin is a long time member of Oil Painters of America and is currently a signature member. Although competitions have not yet been a big focus in Albin's career he has received some notable awards including some in the OPA expositions. Most notably of these is the Gold medal award at the 2011 Western regional competition.
Albin currently lives in Rexburg, Idaho with his wife Jenee and their three children where he paints full time.
Dominic's work is a fusion of realism and impressionism. Each painting shows a strong sense of light, vivid color, fluid brushwork and deep emotional content. He strives to evoke in his viewers the same emotions that compel him to paint from the first brushstroke.
Dominic has won numerous national awards including Best of Show at Eastern Regional Oil Painter's of America 2007, The Artist's Magazine 2014 Wild Life 2nd place, The International Artist Magazine 2014 Finalist in Favorite Subjects, The Portrait Society of America 2014 Certificate of Excellence and 2014 Finalist in Raymar Fine Art Competition.
Dominic Avant received a Bachelor's of Fine Arts at Rhode Island School of Design in 1991. Upon completion at RISD he worked as a free-lance illustrator and teacher. In 1996 he was recruited by Walt Disney Feature Animation and worked on films such as Mulan, Tarzan, Emperor's New Groove, Lilo & Stitch, Brother Bear and numerous shorts as an animation artist. This creative community introduced him to plein air painting, shortly after he began showing in galleries. His passion for painting plein air has grown to include studio works and remarkable portraiture that catches a person as they are in their real world.
Today, Dominic both Paints and teaches at Ringling College of Art. He resides in Bradenton Florida with his wife and two sons.
Mr. Demers was born in 1956, in the small, rural community of Lunenburg, Massachusetts. His interest in painting focused on maritime subjects while spending his summers on the coast of Maine near Boothbay Harbor. After finishing an exemplary high school art program, he furthered his education at the School of the Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA, and the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, MA. Don's maritime experience came about as a crewmember aboard traditional sailing vessels. He continues to be an avid sailor. His professional career began as an illustrator and expanded into the field of fine art. . His illustrations can be found on many book covers and in national publications such as Reader's Digest, Sail Magazine, Field & Stream, Sports Afield, Yankee, and National Geographic. Demers' paintings have been featured in a number of publications including American Artist magazine, Artist magazine, Plein Air magazine, Fine Art Connoisseur , Art and Antiques, Yachting magazine, Nautical Quarterly, Nautical World, Offshore magazine, Yankee magazine and Maine Boats and Harbors. His work has also been featured and discussed in a number of texts including Concordia Yawls, The First Fifty Years, by Elizabeth Meyer, Marine Painting and Yachts on Canvas, both authored by James Taylor, of Greenwich, England. Yacht Portraits published by Sheridan House, A Gallery of Marine Art, Rockport Publishers, an instructional textbook titled Marine Painting, Techniques of Modern Masters published by Watson Guptill and Bound for Blue Water written by J. Russell Jinishian and published by Greenwich Workshop. Demers' diversity has enabled him to apply his skills to clients ranging from American Airlines to the National Park Service. Various projects have included creating art for national television advertisements, educational television programming and designing art glass for Steuben. Demers' body of work has expanded to the study and creation of landscape painting. These works are created from subjects across the country and beyond, often in consort with other artists of similar inspiration. His landscape work has garnered him two awards at the Laguna Plein Air Invitational in Laguna Beach, California in 2001 and 2002. He has also received an award for his painting at the 2007 Crystal Cove Invitational sponsored by the Irvine Museum in Orange County, CA. Demers is a â€œFellowâ€� of the American Society of Marine Artists, an elected member of the Guild of Boston Artists, a signature member of PAPA (Plein Air Painters of America), an elected member of the Salmagundi Club and an elected member of the California Art Club. He has won a record twenty one awards at the Mystic International Marine Art Exhibition, Mystic, CT. including the Rudolph J. Schaefer Maritime Heritage Award in 2006 and 2011, and the Stobart Foundation Award in 2009. Demers' illustrations have been recognized by the Museum of American Illustration four times in their national competition representing the finest examples of work in the field. Recognized for his communication skills, Don conducts workshops for artists as well as producing instructional DVDs. He also lectures on his landscape and marine art. His audiences include museums, art associations, yacht clubs, historical societies and educational institutions. Don Demers paintings are published as limited edition prints through The Greenwich Workshop in Seymour, Connecticut.
Mr. Gyurcsak paints a broad range of subject matter including interiors, still life, figurative and landscape painting. He has a keen sense for capturing the essence of his subject matter with a bold and candid approach.
"My paintings express a sense of light, atmosphere and mood; they transcend the techniques that were employed to create them, and breathe the very light and atmosphere they were painted in. I like to capture the fleeting moments of life; the sublime manifestations of light and color, their aesthetic influences on the subject."
Joseph began his formal training at Parsons School of Design and later at The School of Visual Arts in New York. He has exhibited in galleries across the country. His awarding winning paintings continue to peak the interest of collectors nation wide.
Mr. Gyurcsak has study with some of America's finest representational artists Scott Burdick, Susan Lyon, David Leffel, CW Mundy, Dan Gerhartz, Skip Whitcomb, Ken Backhaus, Richard Schmid, Quang Ho, Rose Frantzen and John Howard Sanden.
Joseph is the resident artist for Utrecht Art Supplies. He is a noted author, instructor, juror and art materials expert. Joseph also travels extensively conducting lectures and painting demonstrations at major art institutions throughout the United States.
Louis was born in Sweetwater Texas and received an Advertising Art BFA from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville Texas. He changed his career in 1985 and moved from illustration to fine art. Louis began taking painting sessions and workshops from 1985 â€“ 1995 from some of the best National Artists in the US at that time. Mostly Louis learned from art books which he began collecting when he was 18.
Louis' many talents include experimenting with composition, design and seeing today's life and objects from a philosophical point of view filled with humor and beauty. Whether it is people walking down the street, a kitchen sink, or the window of a retail store, his work has imagination, color, and insight of all that he sees and feels. Louis is always striving to master his use of color, tone and texture.
Morgan Samuel Price
Morgan Samuel Price's career began in 1968 with Hallmark Cards as an illustrator. She continued in the commercial art world as an art director for the News Herald in Lake County Ohio. In 1972 Morgan pursued another direction as a fine artist in the small town of Ardmore, Oklahoma.
Morgan's journey as an artist is energized through her enjoyment of the visual beauty that surrounds each and every one of us in our everyday lives. Her 40-year plus career has sustained her life as an artist through an overwhelming desire to elevate each moment with uplifting thought through visual enjoyment. Sharing her gifts through painting and teaching has brought endless rewards on all levels of her life.
Morgan has exclaimed on more than one occasion: "It is not what you see, but how you see it. You don't need to go to the Grand Canyon to see beautiful. It is right outside your door". Her motivation to paint is energized by the light as it flows across the scene. As the artist she sees light as a tool to explore the visual pleasure of the movement over the objects. Capturing that movement sets the time of day. Retaining that choice of actual time creates the plausible illusion. The painting is never about the subject. It is about the physical sensation of temperature.
Scott GellatlyÂ is presently the Product Manager for Gamblin Artists Colors. He consults with oil painters worldwide on technical issues and is involved in developing and testing all of Gamblin oil colors and mediums. Scott has given presentations on oil painting materials throughout the U.S., Canada and Australia. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Oregon and has exhibited his paintings throughout the west coast.