Now it’s time for the biggest reveal yet! Below we unveil the Grand Prize Winner of the 2022 Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize, the seven Honourable Mentions selected by each of this year’s wonderful gold sponsors, Directors of Modern Eden Gallery in San Francisco, and our Editor-in-Chief Danijela Krha Purssey, PLUS the Winner of the ArtStation People’s Choice Award, which saw our amazing community contribute over 11,586 votes from 106 different countries!
Thank you to everyone that voted for the People’s Choice Award. We sincerely appreciate your thoughts and opinions!
As an international ambassador of the arts, Beautiful Bizarre Magazine’s long term vision for the Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize is to make contemporary representational art accepted, valued and respected, alongside traditional “high brow art” in homes and cultures around the world. Now it its 5th year, the Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize already surpasses all known Australian and many international prizes both in volume and caliber of entries!
I would like to once again sincerely thank the 2022 Jury Panel: Dan dos Santos (Digital Art juror), Martin Wittfooth (Traditional Art juror), Joan Coderch and Javier Malavia of CODERCH & MALAVIA (Sculpture jurors), and Bella Kotak [1st Prize winner of the Photography award 2021] (Photography juror), as well as the Directors of Modern Eden Gallery, Kim Larson and Bradley Platz, and Founder of Quirky Fox, Vicki Fox. I would also like to thank our amazing major partners: INPRNT, RAYMAR,Yasha Young Projects, iCanvas and ArtStation for their support of this year’s Prize. It is through their valuable contributions that we are able to assist the Winners to grow and develop their practice through cash and amazing product and service prizes, and of course receive the visibility their work deserves.
Finally I would like to thank the Beautiful Bizarre team for their dedication and hard work over the many months it takes to put the Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize together and administer it.
On behalf of Beautiful Bizarre Magazine and the global arts community: thank you for once again championing the Arts. This kind of support and backing of the representational visual arts is important now more than ever – so thank you, we are deeply grateful!
Beautiful Bizarre Magazine will continue our work to ensure that the 2023 Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize adds even more value to artists globally. The 2023 Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize will open on 1 February 2023, so to ensure you don’t miss the news, please join the email mailing list here.
‘Halcyon Days’ Exhibition
The 1st, 2nd and 3rd Prize Winners in each Award category, and the Grand Prize Winner of the 2022 Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize have been invited to participate in this year’s Beautiful Bizarre Magazine exhibition ‘Halcyon Days‘, at Modern Eden Gallery in San Francisco later this year. We look forward to presenting their work as part of this prestigious annual exhibition! These works will be shared in the coming weeks leading up to the opening.
‘Halcyon Days’ opens on 5 November and the Editor-in-Chief and Deputy Editor of Beautiful Bizarre Magazine will be in attendance. We hope to see many of you at the special opening reception!
The entire exhibition will also also be available to enjoy online. If you would like to be added to the Collector’s Preview, please email Gallery Director, Kim Larson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grand Prize Winner of the 2022 Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize
The ArtStation People’s Choice Award winner will receive:
US$2,000 cash, generously donated by ArtStation. ArtStation provides you with a simple, yet powerful way to show your portfolio and be seen by the right people in the industry. Host your website, sell your products and learn.
So without further ado, it is with great pleasure and much pride that we share with you the Grand Prize Winner of the 2022 Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize, the Honourable Mentions, and the Winner of the ArtStation People’s Choice Award.
Kristin Kwan is an artist who makes illustrative paintings and drawings. She works primarily in oil on panel, her subjects being nature, animals, and the human figure. Inspired in turns by the natural world, and by legends and myths, she uses elements of fantasy and allegory to explore themes of life, death, and rebirth. Kristin lives in Lincoln, NE, USA.
“The Golden Afternoon”: There is a time of day cherished by photographers, the golden hour, when the sun slants in a dramatic way and colours are heightened and there is an intensity to the atmosphere. I find this time of day to bring painful anxiety, the golden hour hurts. But to sit in that buzzing distraction, sweetness.