Contemporary Naturalism Competition
- EXTENDED Deadline:
SeptemberOCTOBER 25th 2016, 11:59 PM.
- 1st Place: Full Spread Interview. 2nd and 3rd place extended reviews + 3 Honorable Mention art reviews published in the winter edition of Exhibeo Art Magazine
- Multiple entries accepted
Exhibeo is opening a new series of competitions seeking out artists working within the parameters of a particular “ism” from art history, but in a contemporary context.
In “Contemporary Naturalism” we are looking for art that represents the subject matter with a minimum of abstraction or stylistic distortion. Historically, Naturalism was a dominating trend in Western art during the Renaissance. It was “characterized by a general, overall impression of fidelity to natural appearance conveyed by convincing effects of light, surface texture color and tone in all their variety, but with complete consistency”. (See: Stephen Little’s “...Isms: Understanding Art”, p.37)
Your work can be in any genre that works within the parameters of Naturalism (landscape, still life, figurative, etc). The key is to be coherent with the characteristics of Naturalism and/or other isms utilizing Naturalism as a foundational point of departure such as: Humanism, Neo-Classicism, Illusionism, Perspectivism and Realism.
That said, there remains a lot of latitude to what precisely you wish to convey in a naturalistic manner. We should point out that a great deal of Dalì’s critical paranoiac surrealistic paintings were executed in a highly naturalistic manner. So it’s important to note that Naturalism is not confined to so-called “objective reality”. Fruitful tension can be achieved by combining surrealistic subject matter with the technical program of naturalism.
For this competition, we will be accepting 2D paintings, drawings, pastels, etchings, prints, mix media, photography, digital imaging and 3D sculpture. Any artist over 18 years of age anywhere in the world is eligible to apply.
We value art that fruitfully combines technical prowess with engaging concepts. We encourage all applicants to fill out the field on the submission form entitled “Tell Us About the Artwork”. It’s important that you tell us the story behind the art: What is the work about? What motivated you to create it? How does this piece relate to the theme of this competition? If there's a reason for the materials you use, the manner in which you work, or the techniques you utilize we really want to hear about it.