It's been over two years since I last wrote about The Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition 2013. In part that's because I omitted to highlight it when the 2013 exhibition started in March. The exhibition runs until February 2014.
Below are listings of the prizewinners and the selected artists - plus links to:
- their websites (link is in the name of the artist). These are impressive websites - I recommend you click on a few links!
- their artwork (link is in the title of the work)
- any interviews done by the Smithsonian blog Face to Face for the purposes of the competition
I've also highlighted the medium used where this is unusual. One of the unusual aspects of the competition is that it is not just limited to paintings - or even paintings in very specific media as applies to the BP Portrait Award. Rather the artist is allowed to choose the media they want to work in - and the exhibition celebrates the exploration of the nature of portraiture that ensures. Having been through all the entries - and the artiosts websites - to construct this post it seems to me as if the multi-media approach makes for a much richer experience of the act of making a portrait.
You can see images of all the portraits selected for the exhibition on the competition website - seee Exhibition Finalists.
The prizewinners were announced in March - at the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition awards celebration.
Note that none of the prizewinners selected by the jurors were painters.
|Outwin Bouchever Portrait Competition 2013 - Prizewinners (thumbnails)|
First Prize ($25,000)Bo Gehring (Beacon, New York) won first prize with a large scale video croc to top portrait of Jessica Wickham accompanied by Arvo Pärt’s “Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten”. It's hyper-realism with breathing. Read an interview with the artist Portrait of an Artist: Bo Gehring - it has an image of how big the video is when playing in the gallery. This is LARGE!
The idea of my portraits is to record intimately emotional response over time as the subject listens to a favorite piece of music. For her portrait, Jessica Wickham, a precision woodworker in Beacon, New York, chose Arvo Pärt’s “Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten.”This is the How it works video and these are the How it works stills. You can see more of his videos on his website
A precisely controlled video camera hovering inches away from the subject travels the length of her body, timed to synchronize with the length of the piece of music. The camera, nearer than the eye can focus, captures minute actions like breathing and pulse as living elements of the portrait. The camera also closely explores the drape and wear of clothing, expressions of personal choice that Jessica (like each of us) has chosen to present to the world.
Second Prize ($7,500)
Third Prize ($5,000)Self-Portrait (Sculpture: Acrylic on wood with steel base) by Sequoyah Aono, New York City Read the interview Portrait of an Artist: Sequoyah Aono
From time to time I think about the reason of my existence,who I am, what I can do, how I am needed . . .Whenever I think of this, I feel unstable and unsteady.At such times I feel like carving myself.
People’s Choice award ($500)
|Winner of the People's Choice award|
100 pounds of rice by Saeru Kiritani
still from Saeri Kiritani, Artist, Portrait Competition 2013
“100 Pounds of Rice,” (sculpture made from rice, rice noodles, Elmer’s Glue, epoxy glue, wood and metal sticks) by Saeri Kiritani of Forest Hills, N.Y. Read the interview with the artist Portrait of an Artist: Saeri Kiritani. This is a video of an interview with Saeri Kiritani, Artist, Portrait Competition 2013
You can see an excellent photo of this sculpture in situ in the exhibition in Americans do it better - a review, with photos, of the exhibition by Ilaria Rosselli del Turco (Ilaria Rosselli Del Turco - News). I was certainly encouraged to this post having read the review and seen the photos of the exhibition.
Commended ($1,000 each)
- Lillian, New Covenant Church of Deliverance, Chicago, 2011 by Paul D'Amato, Riverside, Illinois - photographer. Read his interview Portrait of an Artist: Paul D’Amato and watch the video at the end.
- For Delia by Heidi Fancher, Washington, D.C. Read her interview Portrait of an Artist: Heidi Fancher
- Self-Portrait (pencil drawing) by Martha Mayer Erlebacher (1937-2013), Elkins Park,Pennsylvania. Read the blog post about her - published after her death earlier this year Martha Mayer Erlebacher (1937-2013)
- Depression by Beverly McIver, Durham, North Carolina. Read her interview Portrait of an Artist: Beverly McIver
Selected ArtistsFinalists for the 2013 competition were chosen a year ago - but I missed the announcement.
- Leslie Adams, Toledo, Ohio - Sensazione: A Self-Portrait - painter specialising in figurative art and portraiture;
- Veronika Adaskova, Brooklyn, N.Y. - Elisabeth - photographer
- Keliy Anderson-Staley, Russellville, Arkansas - Kevin - photographer - see the interview Portrait of an Artist: Keliy-Anderson-Staley
- Bo Bartlett, Vashon, Washington - Inheritance - painter
- Aaron Morgan Brown, Selinsgrove, Pa. - Girl in a Department Store No. 1 - painter
- Laura Chasman, Roslindale, Mass. Oliver at 20 - painter
- Sean Cheetham, Los Angeles Champagne Wishes and Caviar Dreams . . .
- Lia Cook, Berkeley, Calif. - Su Brain Tracts (Hand-woven cotton and rayon, 2011) - textile artist - watch the video
One of the first weavers to employ digital photography in her work, her recent weavings look like photographic enlargements of faces, but dissolve into a maze-like surface on closer inspection.Textile Arts Council Lecture: "Faces, Mazes, and Fiber Tracts"
- Lynn Davison, Naples, Fla. Modesty2 - painter
- Ray DiCapua, Storrs, Conn. Marie - large charcoal drawing
- Willard Dixon, San Rafael, California - Mike - painter
- Tim Doud, Washington, D.C. Room and Board - painter
- Carole Feuerman, New York - General’s Daughter (Oil on resin)- hyper-realistic sculptor
- Lucy Fradkin, Staten Island, N.Y. Arthur Waters the Garden - folk artist. Read her interview Portrait of an Artist: Lucy Fradkin
- Rieko Fujinami, Beacon, N.Y. - Aki (Mixed media on acrylic mirror) - Read her interview - Portrait of an Artist: Rieko Fujinami
- Vincent Giarrano, Washington Depot, Conn. City Girl - painter
- Philip Grausman, Washington, Conn. sculptor - César Pelli (Plaster)
- Jason Hanasik, San Francisco - Sharrod (Turn/Twirl) - HD video (3:14 minutes) - video, photography and installation artist. Read Portrait of an Artist: Jason Hanasik
- Gwen Hardie, New York painter (who studied at Edinburgh College of Art) Read Portrait of an Artist: Gwen Hardie
- Anne Harris, Riverside, Ill. painter Read Portrait of an Artist: Anne Harris
- Erik Hougen, Brooklyn, N.Y. - John H. - watercolour painter
- Edgar Jerins, New York - David and Anita Visiting Daina - charcoal drawing Read Portrait of an Artist: Edgar Jerins
- David Kassan, Brooklyn, N.Y. - Portrait of My Mom, Roberta - painter
- Bridget Lanigan, Coram, N.Y. - Uncle Fred in Santa Monica - photographer
- Megan Ledbetter, Jamaica Plain, Mass. (blog) - Untitled from theLoveland Series - photographer
- Tina Mion, Winslow, Ariz. - Piñata - painter
- Katie O’Hagan, Beacon, N.Y. - Life Raft - painter
- Louie Palu, Washington, D.C. - Night Raid - photographer
- Bly Pope, New Richmond, Wis. - Maryanna - Graphite and ink on illustration board - photorealistic artist. Read Portrait of an Artist: Bly Pope
- Catherine Prescott, Mechanicsburg, Pa. - Legacy: Portrait of Val - painter
- Caitlin Teal Price, Washington, D.C. (blog) photographer
- Carolyn Schlam, Taos, N.M. - Frances at 103 - painter
- Neil Shigley, San Diego - Michael 67 (Pastor Shelby) - Plexiglas-block print on paper mounted on canvas Read his interview Portrait of an Artist: Neil Shigley and see his Youtube interview Neil Shigley, Artist, Portrait Competition 2013 - YouTube
- Burton Philip Silverman, New York - Stonemason - painter (At last a portrait painter whose name I recognise - which then made me realise how many names which one might expect to be present are not)
- Michael A. Smith, Ottsville, Pa. - Two Families at Kirkjubaejarklaustur, Iceland - photographer
- Ginny Stanford, Sebastopol, Calif. The Birth of Inez Imake - painter
- Tema Stauffer, Brooklyn, N.Y. Cathy, Market Street, Paterson, NJ - photographer. Read
Portrait of an Artist: Tema Stauffer
- Tun Ping Wang, Long Island City, N.Y. Undefined #2
- Jill Wissmiller, Memphis, Tenn. - The Gilding of Lily - Video projected on glitter screen (2:50 minutes)
- Kumi Yamashita, New York - Constellation—Mana - Brads and single, unbroken thread on wood Read the Huffington Post - Kumi Yamashita's Unbelievable Portraits Made From A Single Strand Of Unbroken Thread (PHOTOS)
JurorsJurors for the competition were drawn from both the National Portrait Gallery and external independent persons involved in art. There is no involvement whatsoever by any sponsor which differentiates it from the BP Portrait Award - which to my mind is good. Fine for sponsors to sponsor but I'm not sure it entitles them to pass judgement.
The External jurors for the competition were critic Peter Frank, artist Hung Liu, art historian Richard Powell and photographer Alec Soth. The jurors from the National Portrait Gallery were Brandon Brame Fortune, chief curator; Dorothy Moss, assistant curator of painting and sculpture; and Wendy Wick Reaves, interim director of the museum.
Link: Making A Mark: The Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition 2013 27 Jul 2011