SANTA MONICA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Saatchi Art today announced a call for entries for its Showdown, an online competition that gives artists from all over the world a chance to showcase their work and have it judged by internationally acclaimed artists and curators. This edition of the competition is themed “The Painted World” and invites artists to submit paintings that respond to the world around them.
“Artists for centuries have depicted the world around them and have acted as rich visual barometers that help us in turn to see the world anew, from Monet’s paintings of his garden in Giverny to Cezanne’s still lifes and, more recently, Francis Bacon’s paintings of his friends and lovers,” said Rebecca Wilson, Chief Curator and Director, Art Advisory of Saatchi Art. “With ‘The Painted World’ theme we are inviting today’s artists to introduce us to their worlds by showing us, through the medium of paint, how they see the environment around them and their place in it.”
Last year’s “The Body Electric” and “In Glorious Colour” Showdown competitions attracted more than 10,000 entries making the Saatchi Art Showdown one of the most competed for art prizes in the world. Showdown has been juried by world renowned artists such as Peter Coffin, Dexter Dalwood, Barnaby Furnas, Jaime Gili, Chantal Joffe, Raffi Kalenderian, Wangechi Mutu, Ged Quinn and Matthias Weischer.
Last year’s winners included:
- UK artist Hormazd Narielwalla for his “Le Petit Echo de la Mode No. 5” collage in Showdown: The Body Electric.
- UK artist Jonathan Gabb for his “Deep Gum 8” painting in Showdown: In Glorious Colour.
For more information on Showdown: The Painted World or to submit an entry, visit: http://www.saatchiart.com/showdown.
About Saatchi Art
Saatchi Art features the world’s largest selection of original art and helps people all over the world find art and artists they love. The site offers more than 500,000 original paintings, drawings, sculptures and photographs by over 50,000 emerging artists from over 100 countries. Saatchi Art is redefining the experience of buying and selling art by providing art lovers with free art advisory services and an expertly curated selection of art, while giving artists a convenient and welcoming environment in which to exhibit and sell their work. To discover the world of Saatchi Art, please visit www.saatchiart.com. Saatchi Online, Inc., which operates Saatchi Art, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Demand Media, Inc. (NYSE:DMD).
For more information about Showdown or to obtain high-resolution images of the artworks, please email Nicole Garton at Nicole@saatchiart.com or call +1 310/869-7797.