Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize: 2018 Winners & Honourable Mentions Announced

2018 Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize

Before I announce the winners of the Inaugural Beautiful Bizarre Magazine Art Prize I would like to to take a moment to thank all of the artists who entered, sharing their work and their artistic passion with us. It was such a pleasure to immerse myself in the work of so many creatives from all corners of the globe and read their inspirational stories. As Beautiful Bizarre Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief I have the pleasure and honour of curating each issue of the magazine, and the many wonderful and talented Art Prize entries we received have given me a plethora of new ideas and choices to pursue in future issues.  I will also be taking the opportunity to share many of the amazing entries submitted over the coming months on our social media platforms, as I truly believe that all of these artists deserve more recognition and promotion of their work.  So thank you again for your interest in the Beautiful Bizarre Magazine Art Prize, I very much hope to see how your work has grown and developed in next year’s Prize.

I would also like to sincerely thank the 2018 Jury Panel: artists Audrey Kawasaki, Jeremy Mann and Marie Larkin, Modern Eden Gallery Directors, Kim Larson and Bradley Platz, plus of course my husband and Beautiful Bizarre Magazine Co-Founder Richard Purssey.  I deeply appreciate the efforts of my fellow Jury Panel members in taking the time out of their extremely busy schedules to assist in what was a very difficult selection process, and I am certain that the entrants very much appreciate having had their experience and artistic judgement on the panel.

Finally I would like to once again extend my thanks to this year’s sponsor, Trekell Art Supplies for their generous donation to the prize pool. It is through their quality suite of products that artists from all over the world are able to bring their dreams into the world.

With so many excellent entries, we have decided to also award Honourable Mentions chosen from the entire field of artworks submitted.  Modern Eden Gallery Director’s Kim and Bradley took on this extremely difficult task!

It is with great pleasure that I announce the Winners and Honourable Mentions of the Inaugural Beautiful Bizarre Magazine Art Prize.

The Winners Are


1st Prize

Daniel Bilmes


“Caught In The Current ” [Oil On Wood, 36 x 72″]

2nd Prize

Kazuhiro Hori


“Relief” [Acrylic and oil on canvas, 194 × 162cm]

3rd Prize

Olga Esther


“Mulan” [Oil on panel, 20 x 20″]


Honourable Mentions


Lorren Lowrey


“Horn of Plenty” [Porcelain, 20″ x 20″ x 20”]

Steve Chmilar


“Ephemeral Fugue” [Oil on wood panel, 58 x 58″]

Roos van der Vliet


“Storytellers XVII” [Acrylics on canvas, 35.43″ x 27.55″]