By Kirsten Wolfe, Minted’s Art Team
Our On the Wall Art Challenge marked our largest number of art submissions yet – over 1,400 pieces from a growing group of artists for the community to evaluate, and our curatorial team to review. Our team was enthralled by the quality of the work and we were pleased to see both new and old members of our community expand the breadth of imagery and original media.
We developed a wide array of special prizes that were designed to push the Minted art envelope – and our community responded. We are very pleased to announce the following winners by category. Congratulations to these artists below.
Edgy Photography Award
“Construction” by Becky Nimoy
Jutting girders and an intersecting grid reveal a construction site set against a monochromatic sky. Look again and the image yields a highly contrasted series of lines to create a work of abstract beauty. Referencing iconic works in photographic history, this piece highlights a moment in time and captures the dynamic of the unfinished.
Vital Resource Award
“Salinity Now” by Denny Holland
A lone wave gently cresting creates an intricate pattern of green and white. Lacking a horizon line, the work presents the viewer with a glimmering segment of a large body of water and establishes a tone of intimacy. The precision demonstrated by this highly talented painter celebrates the movement, and sublime beauty, of the ocean.
“Glacier National Park” by Brooke Chandler (Paper and Parcel)
In the tradition of 19th and early 20th century landscape photographers, this image of Grinnell Glacier in Montana simulates a sensation of stepping back to the time of the great exploration of the West. A majestic set of glaciers reach to the sky with a light covering of snow on the lower elevations.
Bright and Bold Award
“Pitter Patter” by Peter Simpson Cook
This spectacular piece by Peter Simpson Cook, an LA based artist, is a study of light and pattern. Organic movements of circular fields play amongst each other, broken up by the reflections of light and flowing rings of varying thickness. According to the artist’s statement, this is part of a series inspired by rain rings on puddles – yet the choice of gold, orange and brown hues also suggests a solar effect of light transposing into energy and radiance.
Big City Award
“Night in New York” by Hendro Lim
Bright lights in the big city are at work in this photograph capturing the frenzy of New York City at night. Capturing people on the move, whether in cab, private vehicle or on foot, the image highlights a city in perpetual activity. Familiar names shout out at us through billboards and store signs entice the viewer to come and shop, have a drink, see a Broadway show – the ultimate expression of the urban landscape.
“Violet with Inner tube” by Annie Seaton
A young girl, encircled by an oversized pink inner tube, faces a blue-violet hued background. Her hair is held by a headband and she appears to be captured mid-stride. Whether she is coming in from a morning of body surfing, or heading out to the waves for the first time for the day, is up to the viewer to decide. This piece embodies the joy of being young and the simple delight of passing time in the water.
Location, Location, Location Award
“United Roads” by Eric Beckett (GeekInk Design)
Juxtaposing vintage type with a map of contemporary roadways in America, this piece mixes the best of old school style with current paths of transport. This illustration represents the major routes of transport with highlighted regional density and bright hubs. I can’t wait to buy this for my son’s room.
“Letterpress” by Traci Yau (45wall design)
Abstracted by the proximity of the camera to the subject, the letters fade in and out of focus. Variegated characters jump out at the viewer and morph into fields of color and pattern. This piece celebrates the beauty of letterpress – a traditional means of printing – through a contemporary presentation.
Inspire Me Award
“Manners” by Elizabeth Hatchett
The heroine of etiquette, Emily Post, is commemorated in this salient reminder that manners are not about following meaningless guidelines – rather about how behavior affects others. As the artist notes, it’s “about love, not rules”. I’m particularly taken by the graphic representation of this adage – the traditional use of scrolls and vintage looking type and a highly contrasted palette of black and white.1 COMMENT