Yasha Young Projects Sculpture Award: Finalists Announced

Since the beginning of August our esteemed Jury Panel have been going through the entries and making the very difficult decisions. The overall quality of entries was exceptional!

We are deeply honoured by our community’s interest in the 2020 Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize; focusing on contemporary art across the representational visual arts, in all static mediums including Traditional Art media, Digital Art media, and Photographic media; and all genres from realism to pop surrealism and lowbrow.

The Prize seeks to inspire creatives from around the world to pursue a life and career in the arts, and to help careers grow through funding and increased exposure of their work to galleries, collectors and media globally.

The Prizes

From the 100 Finalists, the Winners in each category, and overall 1st Prize Winner will participate in the prestigious Beautiful Bizarre Magazine curated exhibition at Modern Eden Gallery along side 80 of the best contemporary artists from around the world. Plus share in over USD$35,000 in cash and prizes including: a non acquisitive cash prize, product prizes, advertising packages, editorial in Beautiful Bizarre Magazine, exclusive interviews published on the Beautiful Bizarre website, exposure to our 1M+ social media community, and much more!!

Plus in addition, each sponsor will choose one outstanding work from their Award category to receive an Honourable Mention. Stay tuned to learn more!

People’s Choice Award

The People’s Choice winner will be selected by popular vote from the 100 Finalists, and will receive a year’s worth of social media advertising through the Beautiful Bizarre Magazine socials to ensure they are able to connect with the right audience of engaged creatives, collectors and gallerists, raise their profile, associate their work with other leading creatives, and of course to grow their social media following. A 12 month Beautiful Bizarre Magazine print subscription, and an in-depth interview published on the Beautiful Bizarre Magazine and Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize websites, giving readers an insight into their vision and practice. Voting will open on 24 August. To ensure you don’t miss your chance to vote, please join our email mailing list here.

Stay tuned, the Photography, Digital Art and Traditional Art Finalists will be announced later this week.

Yasha Young Projects Sculpture Award

Winner will receive:

  • US$3,000 cash, generously donated by Yasha Young Projects, arts philanthropist and Executive Curatorial Director for the FOR_M a new institution currently being developed in New York city.
  • A beautiful specially commissioned art glass trophy.
  • The opportunity to exhibit in the prestigious Beautiful Bizarre Magazine exhibition at Modern Eden Gallery [San Francisco] alongside 80+ of the world’s best contemporary representational artists.
  • Exposure to a successful commercial gallery’s collector base with the opportunity to sell their work.
  • US$100 voucher from Mayco, who produce ceramic glazes and other amazing products for clay sculptors.
  • 1 year unlimited subscription to the Stan Winston School, including unlimited access to the Course Library by the Masters of FX. Also includes exclusive access to Stan Winston Studio Behind-the-Scenes Documentary stream.
  • 3 month social media advertising package (Beautiful Bizarre Magazine: 1 Million + followers across all socials platforms).
  • Exclusive in-depth interview published on the Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize and Beautiful Bizarre Magazine websites + shared on social media.
  • A year’s worth of inspiration – a print subscription to Beautiful Bizarre Magazine.

So without further ado we are proud to announce the 25 Yasha Young Projects Sculpture Award Finalists of the 2020 Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize…

Yasha Young Projects Sculpture Finalists

2020 Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize

Sarah Lee snake sculpture Yasha Young
Sarah Lee // “Molt”, Resin, clay, quail eggshells, 10 x 10 x 2″
Margarete Adler fairy bust sculpture Yasha Young
Margarete Adler // “Holla the forest fairy, The Winter”, Hard plaster and mixed media, 92 x 75 x 35cm
Clare Nicholson spoon metal sculpture
Clare Nicholson // “Silver Spoon”, Bronze, silver-plate, stainless steel, antique oak plinth, 152 x 40 x 35cm
Jessica Laurel Louise Dalva woman in chair
Jessica Dalva // “Words are All That’s Left”, Mixed media, 9 x 9 x 11″
Allyson Bode veiled lady sculpture Yasha Young
Allyson Bode // “Alanna’s Veil”, Epoxy Clay, Acrylic Paint, Organza Fabric, Epoxy Resin, Gold Leaf, 30 x 12 x 7″
Stephanie Gartanutti embroidery red hair sculpture Yasha Young
Stephanie Gartanutti // “Lilith”, Galvanized steel, Anodized and enameled copper and silver wire, 41 x 38 x 20″
Richard Stipl carved wooden city in head
Richard Stipl // “Dream of the Prophet”, Wood, gesso, graphite, 104 x 64 x 73cm
Brittany Ryan swimmer sculpture Yasha Young
Brittany Ryan // “Little Swimmer”, Aqua resin and oil paint, 32 x 12 x 20″
Chase Travaille stoneware person sculpture
Chase Travaille // “Herald”, Stoneware and glaze, 72 x 60 x 46″
Forest Rogers dragon sculpture Yasha Young
Forest Rogers // “Dream of Quan Yin”, Japanese air-dry clay, mulberry paper, stainless steel and aluminum armature, acrylics, 32 x 19 x 13″
Basia Wesolowska tree house sculpture in bottle
Basia Wesolowska // “The Crowley’s House”, Mixed: glass, brass, card, styrofoam, foliage, 36 x 12 x 12cm
Ozlem Akin naked woman and skull  Yasha Young
Ozlem Akin // “The Crowning”, Mixed media, 14 x 11 x 13cm
Kristen Stingle winter female sculpture
Kirsten Stingle // “Winter shores”, Porcelain and ceramic, 36 x 42 x 28″
Cooke Sasseville balancing deer sculpture Yasha Young
Cooke Sasseville // “The Encounter”, Bronze and granite, 55 x 24 x 10cm
Erik Ebeling minotaur
Erik Ebeling // “Minotaur”, Cast resin composite, 38 x 20 x 14″
Georgie Seccull steel phoenix sculpture Yasha Young
Georgie Seccull // “Zenith & Nadir”, Stainless steel, 22 x 17 x 21″
Raciel Romero Jimenez feather head sculpture
Raciel Romero Jimenez // “Introspection 3”, Resin and real feathers pigmented with natural dyes, 42 x 24 x 24cm
Justin M Zielke man spinning wheel Yasha Young
Justin M Zielke // “The Spinning Wheel”, Resin, wool and found object, 48 x 48 x 48″
Keisuke Yoneyama dark art abstract sculpture
Keisuke Yoneyama // “Empty Greed”, Sculpey and Resin, 30 x 12 x 12cm
Susannah Montague ceramic angel gold Yasha Young
Susannah Montague // “The Golden Fleece”, Ceramic, glaze, 22k gold luster, 23 x 13 x 14″
Emily White boomtown bear sculpture
Emily White // “Boomtown Bear”, Cedar, steel, cast iron, hardware, 110 x 48 x 44″
AKIHITO peace bust sculpture
AKIHITO // “Statue of peace”, Epoxy casting and laminating resin, Steel pipes, 170 x 71 x 71cm
Susie Lewis glass hands with nails
Susie Lewis // “Optimist or Pessimist”, Glass and nails, 15 x 10 x 1cm
Kristine and Colin Poole dreams animal woman
Kristine and Colin Poole // “Spinner of Dreams”, Fired clay, caseins, sterling silver, brass, 16 x 13 x 10″
Pol Ballanga orange black man sculpture
Pol Ballogna // “Ash”, Acrylic Resin, 98 x 40 x 31cm



About Author

Based in the UK, Natalia Joruk enjoys a life surrounded by art, nature, and curious trinkets. As Deputy Editor, she's worked closely with the Editor-in-Chief for over a decade, supporting with the design and growth of Beautiful Bizarre and the maintenance of the annual Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize. Natalia also oversees sponsor partnerships for the Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize, and distribution of the magazine, so drop her an email if you know someone who would like to sponsor or stock! She also writes for both the Beautiful Bizarre Magazine website and print publication. One of her favourite perks is getting to know artists, gallery owners and their teams personally, so feel free to email her if there is anything she can help you with – or just to connect.


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