Using animals as the subject for art lets people think about relationships in an abstract way. It’s easier for people to view an issue between a rabbit and a fox than it is to view an issue between two people.
Phillip Singer – Winner of the 2020 Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize
The use of animal subjects in art provides the artist with a unique opportunity to tell stories and convey important messages in a non-confrontational and gentler way. Hence, I believe, we have seen a significant increase in artwork featuring anthropomorphism [the attribution of human traits, emotions, or intentions to non-human entities]. Artists are the voice, and the social conscience of our time – challenging us to more honestly consider our relationship with creatures both wild and tame.
Animals and our relationship with them are both complex and contradictory. Many of us have pets that we adore and treat like our babies, however still don’t fully understand humanities impact on the habitats of the wild creatures of the world.
I wholeheartedly feel as Jane Goodall does… as she so beautiful articulated in the quote below.
I think I’d like to be remembered as someone who really helped people to have a little humility and realize that we are part of the animal kingdom not separated from it.
So through this exhibition, ‘Animalia’, that I hope we can invite the viewer into a special world, one that highlights the grace, beauty, diversity, and importance of both our wild and companion animals. That it helps us to understand their importance and to give us a greater respect for them through the language of art.
‘Animalia’ will also showcase the work of the Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize 2021 winners, in each of the four Award categories: RAYMAR Traditional Art Award (1st and 3rd Prize Winners); INPRNT Photography Award (1st, 2nd and 3rd Prize Winners); Yasha Young Sculpture Award (1st and 3rd Prize Winners); iCanvas Digital Art Award (1st, 2nd and 3rd Prize Winners) and of course, our overall 1st Prize Winner.
The opening reception at Haven Gallery will be open to the public, all are welcome! Please note, mask wearing is mandatory and all social distancing procedures will be in place to protect visitors and gallery staff.
Of course Haven Gallery will have all the work up online after the opening so you can peruse the exhibition at your leisure. Please do email Gallery Director Erica Berkowitz so you can be added to the Collectors Preview if you are considering purchasing any of the work. Remember, the holiday season is just around the corner. What better gift could you give your loved ones or yourself, than the gift of original art!
The gallery will also be sharing a video walk-through of the exhibition for those that are unable to attend in person, stay tuned for more details.
International Group Exhibition curated by Beautiful Bizarre Magazine
Exhibition Dates: October 23rd – November 28th, 2021 Opening Reception: October 23rd | 5 – 7pm
Animals, like us, are living souls. They are not things. They are not objects. Neither are they human. Yet they mourn. They love. They dance. They suffer. They know the peaks and chasms of being.
Exhibiting artists, including the Winners of the 2021 Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize
Adam Alaniz, Alessandra Pisano, Alex Louisa, Alpay Efe, Amahi Mori, Andi Soto, Annie Montgomerie, Bella Kotak [1st Prize Winner INPRNT Photography Award, 2021 Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize], Bill Mayer, Brad Woodfin, Brian Mashburn, Brian Viveros, Brittany Markert [2nd Prize Winner INPRNT Photography Award, 2021 Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize], Brodie Colbourne [3rd Prize Winner iCanvas Digital Art Award, 2021 Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize], Caia Koopman, Crystal Morey, David Rice, DD-Anne [1st Prize Winner Yasha Young Projects Sculpture Award, 2021 Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize], Dewi Plass, DULK, Ed Binkley, El Gato Chimney, Elizabeth Wakou [2nd Prize Winner iCanvas Digital Art Award, 2021 Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize], Ellen Jewett, Erika Sanada, Ewa Prończuk-Kuziak, Forest Rogers, Gail Potocki, Hope Doe, Howard Lyon, Ian Francis, Jisu [1st Prize Winner iCanvas Digital Art Award, 2021 Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize], Jana Brike, Jason Mowry, Jesus Inglés, Jon Ching, Joseph Weinreb, Julio Reyes, Kate MacDowell, Kelsey Bowen, Kevin Peterson, Kevin Sloan, Kim Slate, Koh KiSung, Kris Lewis, Kristin Kwan, Kristine & Colin Poole, Kseniia Boko, Laura Colors, Lavely Miller [3rd Prize Winner RAYMAR Traditional Art Award, 2021 Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize], Lesley Thiel, Lindsey Carr, Lucia Heffernan, Lucy Havard [3rd Prize Winner INPRNT Photography Award, 2021 Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize], Madeline von Foerster, Margo Selski, Mary Jane Ansell, Mathieu Nozieres, Matt Dangler, Michael Bergt, Miho Hirano, Naoto Hattori, Nicole Evans, ONEQ, Phillip Singer [Winner of the 2020 Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize], Rachael Bridge, Richard Ahnert, Roland Mikhail [Winner of the 2021 Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize], Rose Freymuth-Frazier, Ross Jaylo, Ruth Speer, Sana Yoshida, Scott Brooks, Scott Musgrove, Scott Radke, Stephanie Law, Steven Kenny, Sui Yumeshima, Susan McDonnell, Susannah Martin, Thomas Ascott, Tina Yu [3rd Prize Winner Yasha Young Projects Sculpture Award, 2021 Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize], Tran Nguyen [1st Prize Winner RAYMAR Traditional Art Award, 2021 Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize], Travis Louie, Vanessa Foley, Victor Grasso
We are now delighted to reveal below just a small selection of the 86 works, which will be on view at Haven Eden Gallery from 23 October. Enjoy!