SHOWDOWN: IN LIVING COLOR
Welcome to Showdown, an online competition where artists can showcase their work and can be given the chance for it to be judged by internationally acclaimed artists and curators. The winner will be invited to display their art at the Saatchi Gallery in London.
WHAT IS SHOWDOWN?
Showdown is a great way to discover emerging artists from around the world and to acquire works by rising stars.
— Rebecca Wilson
Chief Curator, Saatchi Online &
Director, Saatchi Gallery
Brooklyn-based artist Eddie Martinez makes paintings and drawings which Roberta Smith in the New York Times describes as "a kind of updated, liberated, Neo-Expressionism that looks all over the place for guidance: to Picasso, early Peter Saul, Arshile Gorky, Philip Guston, de Kooning, and David Hockney."
SHOWDOWN: BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY
Barnaby Furnas is an American painter and former graffiti artist who currently lives and works in New York City. He studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York and received a BFA in 1995 before going on to study at Columbia University in New York, receiving an MFA in 2000. He makes his own paint from pigment mixed with urethane. Furnas' work has been exhibited widely internationally at galleries and museums such as...
“Both artists are successfully mining the often fertile territory between abstraction and representation. In Luciana Levinton’s painting “Le coeur du systeme”, that vibrant, hovering red transcends and transforms the architectural forms that provide their shape. The red shapes read as portals and abstract form – both transformative and stubbornly formal. In Paula Baader’s painting “Sumi’s Workplace”, the dabs of paint record space and activity at the same time. It is a drawing and a painting at the same time in the same way as it is an abstraction and art studio at the same time. I find her color – a sort of notational use of color – very satisfying with lots of potential.”
— Barnaby Furnas
SHOWDOWN: PLACES AND SPACES
“What I was looking for was a single image which transported me to another realm, an unexpected place with undercurrents of poetry and dreams. I chose pieces that gave me an uncanny feeling as if the works sprung directly from the unconscious mind like in a waking dream state. I was also looking for juxtaposition of unlike elements which is also imbued in classic surrealistic technique. At the same time that I was looking for a dream-like moment I also considered the artist’s body of work and their overall commitment to surrealism. The works I chose spoke to me most directly of all these considerations. I feel the influences of traditional surrealism can transcend into contemporary art and contribute to our experience of viewing art as it reminds us that there are many states of reality within the human experience.”
— Marnie Weber
1. "I truly enjoyed looking at Kelly’s work and how it draws power from performing and making public the private and personal. She was my first pick because her photographs reveal the struggles of inner and outer worlds and collapse them onto a two-dimensional battlefield. In “Collage 4,” Kelly is enacting a ritual familiar to every woman – taking measure of a self that feels at once intimate and alien. This out-of-body experience is communicated through the rough slicing of space that creates a fictional field. The depth and complexity of the piece stem from the juxtaposition of violent cuts with the soft tone of the photograph and texture of the skin. "
Wangechi Mutu (b. 1972, Nairobi, Kenya) has trained as both a sculptor and anthropologist. Her work explores the contradictions of female and cultural identity and makes reference to colonial history, contemporary African politics, and the international fashion industry. Major solo exhibitions include Montreal Museum of Modern Art (2012), Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin (2010); Gladstone Gallery, New York (2010); Performa 09, New York...
Kirstine Roepstorff is a visual artist, living and working in Berlin, Germany. Originally from Denmark. she studied at The Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen, Denmark (1994-2001) and Rutgers University, Mason School of Fine Art (MFA), USA (2000). She mainly works with collages and sculptures. The collages are often large using different material like fabrics, photocopies, cuttings, foils, brass, wood and paper.
Dexter Dalwood was born in Bristol, 1960. He received a B.A. from Central St. Martins College of Art and Design, in 1985, and an M.A. from the Royal College of Art, in 1990. Dalwood’s collages and paintings have been exhibited in numerous solo and group shows, building a strong international reputation over the last decade. Selected solo exhibitions include “Dexter Dalwood,” at Tate St Ives...
SHOWDOWN: BACK TO NATURE
British Artist Ged Quinn studied at the Ruskin in Oxford, the Slade School of Art in London, the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf and the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. He specializes in allegorical paintings that include contemporary images (generally on controversial topics in Western cultural history) in idyllic scenes based on classical paintings such as the pastoral works of Claude Lorrain and Caspar David Friedrich.
1. "I was struck by the delicacy of the technique employed to make this work which seamlessly incorporated its own flaws. I liked the evocation of scale between the structure and the dwarfed figure, turning a C19th glasshouse into a futuristic pleasure dome."
2. "In regards to Marta Zamarska's painting "A Railway Impression II", this work made me imagine feelings of arrival in a strange land. Or possibly departure or abandonment. Its bleak empty spaces and loose, abbreviated brushwork sketch out a moment that reminds me of Monet meets Edward Hopper."
— Ged Quinn
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