The AAG artists submitted one to three pieces each and are shown here grouped by artist. Each artist is eligible for one award from the judge. Chris Hughes' criteria for points for the art work included originality, style, execution, composition, and use of colors, tones and texture.
Many of the paintings in the exhibit are available for sale. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for purchase.
Meet the judge! This year's judge for the Addison Art Guild's 2021 Virtual Spring Exhibit is Chris Hughes. Hughes was a Fine Arts major at Utah State University before changing to a business major at Boston University.
"My experience living abroad and traveling has brought both ideas and inspiration to my works. My paintings have also traveled on special exhibits to both China and Russia as part of a fine arts cultural program."
Chris has earned recognition and awards in competitions in Texas and Illinois. He is a member and on the board of the Naperville Art League and the DuPage Art League and has earned many awards including Best of the Best nominations. He is part of a weekly art critique group as the co-leader in organizing and sending out newsletters.
🥇FIRST PLACE🥇 "Angels Can Misbehave," acrylic, 12" x 16" Not For Sale
Judge's Comments: "This work has personality that the artist has captures in the eyes and the unique style of the hair works perfectly. Compositing of having the figure coming into the work is well done as well. Suggestions on making this work even better would be the use of red tones in the lips and cheeks to let the mood of the flesh match the theme and better photo without a shadow on the bottom left.
"Summer Blooms," mixed media, 12" x 12" $125
🥇FIRST PLACE🥇 "Channeling Mindfulness," mixed media collage on canvas, 12"x12" $125
Judge's Comments: "Great energy in pulling in the different shapes and colors with yellow strokes. Using all primary colors with the red in shapes of circles is one of the most powerful shapes. Execution is both well thought out but has a feeling of spontaneity and emotion."
"Blue Bird with Worm," mixed media and acrylic, 10" x 10" $100
"Oo-La-La," watercolor, 8" x 10"
"White Dove of the Desert," watercolor, 12"x16" $50
"Serenity," watercolor, 12"x16" Not For Sale
"Celestial Mother Mary," acrylic, 14" x 18" $795
"Crown of Thorns," chalk, 11"x14" Not For Sale
🥈SECOND PLACE🥈 "Hidden Unicorns," alcohol ink, 8.5" x 11" $295
Judge's Comments: "Red always captures the eye but when put it with black you really pull in the viewer as these colors bleed into each other creating movement that is designed to keep you r eye in the work. There is some touch a gray green that gives a feeling of a plant and the other shapes feel very organic or nature like. Suggestion on making this work more dramatic would be the use of a light cool color background to bring warmth to the red and more greens that are a commentary color to the red."
Judge's Comments: "Composition if brilliantly laid out and highly skilled on execution. Would avoid black background in that this has eliminated the depth of field and opportunity to provide some colorful backgrounds and interest to this work."
"Japanese Garden," oil, 23"x28" $495
"Horses Among the Mountains," oil, 24"x 32" $695
"Give an Inch (They Take a Yard)," acrylic/collage, 16"x20" $400
"Hippie VW Beetle Hood," acrylic on MDF, 17"x20" Not For Sale
🎖MERIT AWARD🎖 "The Experience," acrylic on canvas, 16"x20" $800
Judge's Comments: "This could be an Album cover with electrifying background and is well executed. Be careful on using images that are copyrighted that could take away the originality of your work."
"Under the Sea," scratchboard and colored ink, 6"x6" Not For Sale
"Late Night Chores," watercolor, 9"x11" Not For Sale
"Inlet," oil, 20" x 24" $2100
"Lighthouse," oil, 24" x 30" $2300
"Campfire," oil, 16" x 20" $385
🎖MERIT AWARD🎖 "Watchman," watercolor, 16" x 20" $200
Judge's Comments: "Bird in flight is held there by the well-designed colors of the background. Avoid outline of the green on top of the bird to be blended in as you have the bottom layer.
"Wabi Sabi (Imperfection and Impermanence)," watercolor, 14" x 11" $50
"Night Riders," acrylic on canvas, 18" x 24" $150
🏆BEST IN SHOW🏆 "Mom Doing Sudoku in Barcelona," colored pencil, 12" x 9" Not For Sale
Judge's comments: "Strong composition with the use of light and reflections on the table bringing focus on the subject. Style is soft but strong with the use of deep dark tones contrasting with the lights and touches of colors of red both outside and repeated on the clothes. Execution is flawless."