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Entries to the 2021 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 previous years entering again. It’s a delight to see the ongoing evolution of their work.

Danijela Krha-Purssey

2021 has been another difficult year for us all with many challenges. We have seen and appreciate the many entries which share your different experiences, from the ongoing pandemic to mental and emotional struggles. Additionally, we have also received many entries filled with hope and magic. The array of stories shared through the artworks are thought provoking – and once again, we find ourselves discovering a host of magnificent new artists.

It is also wonderful to see artists who entered in previous years entering again this year. As we have mentioned before, every year is a new Art Prize complete with a new Jury Panel. We love seeing the evolution of artists’ works year on year!

A truly international Art Prize

Artists from a whopping 82 different countries entered the Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize!

We have received entries from around the world, with artists from a whopping 82 different countries submitting their work to the 2021 Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize! We received entries from artists in: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States and Uruguay.

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, stone, resin, ceramic, clay, wool, found objects and even chewed bubblegum! 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 once again discovered a remarkable amount of amazing new talent. We look forward to sharing with you a sample of these wonderful entries over the coming weeks and months! The December issue will also feature a special editorial presenting the Overall Winner of the 2021 Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize and the Winners in each category. Purchase a print subscription now to make sure you don’t miss out on this and many other inspiring stories.

Judging has now commenced by this year’s Jury Panel. The jury panel is made up of: Beautiful Bizarre Co-Founders, Danijela Krha Purssey and Richard Purssey; Directors of Haven Gallery, Erica Berkowitz and Joseph Weinreb, representatives from our major partners: INPRNT Founder Joshua Zika, RAYMAR President & Creative Director, Emilie Dietrich; Yasha Young Projects Founder Yasha Young, and the Licensing Manager at iCanvas, Sally Wolff.

These are joined by esteemed contemporary artists: Gerald Brom (Traditional Art juror), Ingrid Baars (Photography juror), Kristine Poole (Sculpture juror) and Stanley Artgerm Lau (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.

2021 Award Categories

Timeframes & Deadlines

  • Midnight 17 July 2021 [Sydney Australia Time]: Entries close
  • 10 – 12 August 2021: 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
  • 23 October – 28 November 2021: Beautiful Bizarre curated exhibition ‘Animalia’ at Haven Gallery, Long Island, New York, United States. (Note: Prize winners are expected to exhibit a work in the ‘Animalia’ exhibition in October 2021. Winners may exhibit their prize winning entry if it was created within 12 months of the entry date and not hung in any other exhibition or prize previously. Work already exhibited or hung in a Prize will not be accepted to the ‘Animalia’ exhibition. If the prize-winning work is not eligible to be exhibited in the exhibition, or if the artist chooses, they may create a new work for the exhibition that responds to the ‘Animalia’ theme.)

Until then, enjoy some of the wonderful entries below…

TeeKay
TeeKay
“Evolve” (Acrylic on canvas)
Sadinoel
Sadinoel
“I am not a supa Hero” (photomanipulation)
Victor-Stabin
Victor Stabin
“My Madonna” (oil on linen)
Pol-Ballonga-art-prize-2021
Pol Ballonga
“Atmosphera” (Polyester resin)
Pablo-Santibañez
Pablo Santibañez
“Scriptorium” (oil on canvas)
The-Alice-Tsai
The Alice Tsai
“Cycle” (Digital Painting & Drawing)
Sam-Rachamin
James Schultz
“The Harbinger” (Gouache on panel)
Taisiia-Cherkasova
Taisiia Cherkasova
“Celebration” (oil on canvas)
Morgan-Dummitt
Morgan Dummitt
“Furies” (Silver gilt concrete)
Rachel-Silva
Rachel Silva
“Femia” (Oil pencils and acryla-gouache on wood panel)
Adamexiste
Adamexiste
“Ophelia” (Digital Painting & Drawing)
Rhonda-Libbey
Rhonda Libbey
“A Ferret Named Bo” (oil and 24 karat gold leaf)
Jim-ChenHsiang-Hu
Jim ChenHsiang Hu
“Grooming” (Pencil on paper)
Keisuke-Yoneyama-sculpture
Keisuke Yoneyama
“The Neo ParaNoize” (resin)
Natascia-Raffio
Natascia Raffio
“The stars look very different today” (Pastels on paper)
Marcela-Medeiros
Marcela Medeiros
“Owl Harpy” (Digital Painting & Drawing)
Nadine-Robbins
Nadine Robbins
“Just Try and Stop Me” (Oil on linen)
Katrina-Wolfe
Katrina Wolfe
“Heart Sutra of the Sea” (Hydrocal and burlap – originally modeled in clay)
Mosessa
Mosessa
“Singvögel” (Oil on canvas)
Sarah-Jarrett
Sarah Jarrett
“Blissful Disconnect” (Digital Collage)
Maryam-Gohar
Maryam Gohar
“(شیرینی خوران) Betrothal” (Watercolor and acrylics on watercolor paper)
Nathan-Milner
Nathan Milner
“The Haunting” (Analogue photograph)
Kisung-Koh
Kisung Koh
“Midnight Ballet” (Oil on wood)
Francesca Dalla Benetta
“Aria” (bronze)
Kierstin-Young
Kierstin Young
“The Knowledge Seeker” (Oil on masonite panel)
Rachel-Owen
Rachel Owen
“Exposed Heart” (Photomanipulation)
Kevin-Hopkins
Kevin Hopkins
“To You, in 2021 Years” (oil on canvas)
Cassie-Arnold
Cassie Arnold
“Itty Bitties (Self Portrait)” (Hand knit Merino Wool)
Hannah-Flowers
Hannah Flowers
“Table of the Thrice Thwarted Tamarins” (Oil on wood panel)
Sunna
Sunna
“The Mad Tea Party” (digital photograph)
Gary-McMillan
Gary McMillan
“Fraklit” (Acrylic paint on 1/8in thick Masonite hardboard)
Mariusz-Harasymow
Mariusz Harasymow
“Chrysanthemum” (Digital Painting & Drawing)
Emily-Luyk
Emily Luyk
“Golden Hour” (pens and markers on paper)
Amy-Short
Amy Short
“Beatrice the Protector” (Polymer clay, wood, paint and stains)
Gina-Pfleegor
Gina Pfleegor
“Plot Twist” (oil paint on panel)
Andie-Taylor
Andie Taylor
“An Allegory (Or Something)” (oil on canvas)
Stuart-Runham
Stuart Runham
“Colour Life” (digital photograph)
Renee-Tay
Renee Tay
“Whale Tea Party” (Vintage toys and collectibles, Apoxie Sculpt, gesso, Valspar and oil based clear coat)
Lori-Earley-art-prize
Lori Earley
“The Plight of the White Raven” (Digital Painting & Drawing)
Meagan-Viken
Meagan Viken
“My bath ritual. Except I set it on fire” (analogue photography)
Gayle-Madeira
Gayle Madeira
“Model That” (Oil on linen panel)
Angela-Gram
Angela Gram
“Murmuration” (oil on linen)
Alondra-Selva
Alondra Selva
“Abyss” (Acrilic Resin)
Camilla-Roeder
Camilla Roeder
“Into The Abyss” (Winsor & Newton Heavyweight Smooth Surface paper 220 gsm, HB & 2B clutch pencil)
kohtakeda
Kohtakeda
“Psyche” (Digital photograph)
Jordan-Hill
Jordan Hill
“Free the City” (Digital Painting & Drawing)
Andie-Taylor
Andie Taylor
“Restoration” (Oil on Canvas – triptych)
Fabrice-Lavollay
Fabrice Lavollay
“Changes” (Photomanipulation)
Antonie-De-La-Roquelle
Antonie De La Roquelle
“Unìsono” (digital photograph)
Anne-Bengard
Anne Bengard
“vulner.ability” (Oil on canvas)
Andy-Kehoe-art-prize-2021
Andy Kehoe
“Hope for the Lost” (Digital Painting & Drawing)
Jaime Aelavanthara bone dress photograph
Jaime Aelavanthara
“Bone Dress”, tea-stained cyanotype on Japanese Okawara paper. Digital negative, Canon 5D Mark III, 50mm f1.4 lens
Dan-Zollinger
Dan Zollinger
“Joan of Arc” (Oil on linen panel)
9385-Catrin-Welz-Stein
Catrin Welz-Stein
“Morning Flight” (Digital Collage)
Alla-Bartoshchuk
Alla Bartoshchuk
“Cowlifornia Dreamin'” (Oil on acm panel)
Tumistufi
Tumistufi
“Luxlunae” (digital photograph)
Alyse-Firefly
Alyse Firefly
“Awakening” (oil on canvas)
Porkchop
Porkchop
“Ereshki” (Fiberglass, resin, acrylic and gold leaf and a wood base)
Svetlana-Melik-Nubarova
Svetlana Melik Nubarova
“Manipulation Objects” (digital photograph)
Anais-Lera-Marine-Blossom
Anais Lera
“Marine Blossom, 001” (Mixed media on paper (pen, fibre tipped markers and gouache paint)
Natalie-Ina The silent inner voice
Natalie Ina
“The silent inner voice” (digital photograph)
Alexandre-Clair
Alexandre Clair
“Kot Bayun” (Oil on cardboard)
Textile-Taxidermy
Textile Taxidermy
“Glaucous Macaw now extinct?” (reclaimed fabric ,card ,reclaimed stuffing taxidermy eyes)
Alex-Shimansky
Alex Shimansky
“Alien” (digital photograph)
Daniela-Astone
Daniela Astone
“12” (oil paint on linen canvas)
Ashley-Loth
Ashley Loth
“Muse of Misery” (digital photograph)
Reen-Barrera
Reen Barrera
“Ohlala #12” (Wood, Resin, Cloth)
Autumn-Skye
Autumn Skye
“Strength” (acrylic on canvas)

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About Author

Based in the UK, Natalia Joruk lives amongst a mass of art, nature, curious trinkets and green tea. As Deputy Editor, Natalia works closely with the Editor-in-Chief, supporting with the design, curation and overall growth of Beautiful Bizarre and the annual Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize. She also oversees distribution of the magazine, so drop her a line if you know someone who would like to stock! Utilising her experience as a freelance writer, Natalia also engages with editorial writing and proofreading 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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