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Entries to the 2020 Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize have officially closed, and the judging process is underway. Our sincere thanks to all of the artists and photographers that entered – we are thrilled to have received such exceptional entries this year!

As well as discovering a host of amazing new artists, it is wonderful to see artists who entered in 2018 and 2019 entering again this year. It’s a delight to see the ongoing evolution of their work.

2020 has been a difficult year for us all, so it is interesting to see a number of entries touching on poignant current themes, including the worldwide pandemic. Delving into different artists’ responses to these themes has been thought provoking. As well as discovering a host of amazing new artists, it is wonderful to see artists who entered in 2018 and 2019 entering again this year. It’s a delight to see the ongoing evolution of their work.

Artists from 69 different countries entered the Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize.

We have received entries from around the world, with artists from 69 different countries submitting their work to the 2020 Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize. We received entries from artists in: Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Republic of, Latvia, Lesotho, Lithuania, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and the United States.

Entries were received in various Traditional mediums across the fields of painting, drawing, collage, art dolls, installation, fibre art, embroidery and mixed media. We have received sculptures in multiple mediums including metal, wood, resin, clay, found objects and even human hair! The Digital Art category has seen an array of digital painters, digital sculptors, digital 3D artists and photomanipulation artists enter. And last but not least, the Photography category provided the opportunity for fine art photographers from around the world to enter both their digital and analogue photography.

Judging Underway

Thanks to this process, our Editor-in-Chief Danijela Krha Purssey and her team have discovered a remarkable amount of amazing new talent, some of which we look forward to sharing with you over the coming weeks and months! You can check out last year’s People’s Choice Award Winner, My Pet Skeleton‘s editorial in the coming September issue of Beautiful Bizarre Magazine. The December issue will feature a special editorial presenting the Winner of the 2020 Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize and the Winners in each category. Purchase a print subscription now to make sure you don’t miss out on these and many other inspiring stories.

Judging has now commenced by this year’s Jury Panel: Beautiful Bizarre Co-Founders, Danijela Krha Purssey and Richard Purssey, Directors of Modern Eden Gallery, Kim Larson and Bradley Platz, New England Regional Art Museum, Gallery Director, Rachael Parsons; representatives from our major partners: INPRNT, Founder Joshua Zika, Pixologic (ZBrush), Founder Ofer Alon, Yasha Young Projects, Founder Yasha Young, and the Director of Licensing at iCanvas, Elizabeth Lvovski. These are joined by esteemed contemporary artists: Hannah Yata (Traditional Art juror), Ellen Rogers (Photography juror), Kate MacDowell (Sculpture juror) and Rafael Grassetti (Digital Art juror) who will be reviewing work in their respective areas of expertise.

As you can imagine, this is NOT an easy job with so many exceptional entries in all categories! Stay tuned for the big reveal soon.

2020 Awards

Timeframes & Deadlines

  • 31 July 2020 [midnight Los Angeles, USA time]: Entries close
  • 10 – 15 August 2020: Judging
  • 17 August onward: Shortlist of 100 Finalists [25 per Award category] announced
  • 24 August [AEDT, Australian Eastern Daylight Time]: People’s Choice voting opens
  • 31 August [AEDT, Australian Eastern Daylight Time]: People’s Choice voting closes
  • 1st week of September: Winners announced
  • 1 Sept: Yasha Young Projects Sculpture Award Winners announced
  • 2 Sept: iCanvas Photography Award Winners announced
  • 3 Sept: ZBrush Digital Art Award Winners announced
  • 4 Sept: INPRNT Traditional Art Award Winners announced
  • 5 Sept: Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize 1st Prize Winner, Honourable Mentions & People’s Choice Winner announced
  • 24 Oct – 13 Nov 2020: Beautiful Bizarre curated exhibition ‘Midnight Garden’ at Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco. (Note: Prize winners are expected to exhibit a work in the ‘Midnight Garden’ exhibition in October 2020 at Modern Eden Gallery in San Francisco.

Until then, enjoy some of the wonderful entries below…

Vivien Kleczek woman breathing Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize
Vivien Kleczek
“The Birth”, Photoshop CC 2017 and pen drawing
Ruta Naujalyt textile sculpture Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize
Ruta Naujalyt
“Slice You Up”, sewing threads
Paola Idrontino textile wearable art Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize
Paola Idrontino
“Broken Seeds”, Camera Sony a7III
Silvia Brum gold melting face Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize
Silvia Brum
“L’Or Noir (Black Gold)”, Oil on 2 layers of MDF board (3D painting)
Diana Ward red black woman
Diana Ward
“Red Flavour”, Nikon D750, 85mm Nikkor 1.4 lens
Kremena Chipilova old woman fairytale Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize
Kremena Chipilova
“The Three Golden Hairs”, oil on illustration board
Andreas Häggkvist Andy Okay birds and flowers Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize
Andreas Häggkvist aka Andy Okay
“Lovebirds”, Wacom Tablet / Photoshop.
KT Beans eye sculpture Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize
Beans of John (KT Beans)
“Barnacle”, found objects, human hair, polymer clay, acrylic, watercolours.
Josh Brandao pink flowers man photograph Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize
Josh Brandao
“Awakening”, Canon 5d mkIV
Tiffanie Turner paper rose sculpture Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize
Tiffanie Turner
“Specimen G (Prolapsed Rose)”, Paper mâché, glue, and Italian crepe paper
Justyna Gil red queen digital painting Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize
Justyna Gil
“Veil of Protection”, Adobe Photoshop
AYUNA washing girls painting
AYUNA
“Sea foam#Save us”, Oil on canvas
PARACOSM woman with hands photograph
PARACOSM
“Another World”, Canon 5D Mark IV
Eirich Olson blue butterfly and turtle painting
Eirich Olson
“Mend”, oil on canvas
Afnan Raud sci fi digital painting
Afnan Rauf
“Symbiosis”, iPad Pro, Procreate, Apple Pencil.
Forest Rogers Octopoid Descending
Forest Rogers
“Octopoid Descending”, Polymers, aluminium and stainless steel armature, epoxy clays, brass rods
Meghan Spiro black woman Gaia
Meghan Spiro
“Gaia’s Crown, Bella Monnezza”, Nikon D800, Profoto Lighting, Adobe Photoshop
Jerry Sullivan digital 3D mask
Jerry Sullivan
“Delft King”, Zbrush, Keyshot and Photoshop
Ell Violet embroidery reindeer
 Ell Violet
“Home is Nowhere”, Embroidery floss and acrylic
Tristan Elwell sunglasses digital painting Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize
Tristan Elwell
“Afronaut”, Mac, Cintiq and Photoshop
Pol Kurucz yellow fur coat  Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize
Pol Kurucz
“Forest Thugs”, Phase One camera with 55mm lens
Eric Vanel warrior woman sculpture Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize
Eric Vanel
“Jar El”, bronze
Ana Juan The Great Battle IV Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize
Ana Juan
“The Great Battle IV”, Acrylic colours and graphite powder on canvas
Jaime Aelavanthara bone dress photograph Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize
Jaime Aelavanthara
“Bone Dress”, tea-stained cyanotype on Japanese Okawara paper. Digital negative, Canon 5D Mark III, 50mm f1.4 lens
Paulo Favalli metal head sculpture Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize
Paulo Favalli
“Nexus-6 Facelift”, Bronze, automotive mechanical part, Esnve headphones, copper wires, old HD part, computer circuit, bicycle brake cables, glass and wood.
Kinga Britschg night sky Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize
Kinga Britschg
“But A Dream Within a Dream”, Adobe Photoshop
Lihao Lu crying female Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize
Lihao Lu
“Mother’s Tear (nü wa zhi lei)”, Acrylic ink on watercolour paper, stretched on wood panel
Ramona Zordini nude woman red Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize
Ramona Zordini
“Apokalipsis”, nikon d800
Scott Eagle head sculpture
Scott Eagle
“How Do You Measure A life Well Lived?”, Yardsticks, plastic eyes, googly eyes,and acrylic on styrofoam mannequin head

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Danijela Krha Purssey is an entrepreneur, and the Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder of Australian based international contemporary art magazine, Beautiful Bizarre Magazine. She is deeply passionate and committed to her vision to help shift the paradigm in the global contemporary arts industry regarding what is defined and accepted as contemporary art.

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