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Beautiful Bizarre Magazine’s 12th curated exhibition, ‘Animalia’ is currently on view at Haven Gallery in North Port, New York!

Animalia - Where The Wild Things Are

Sadly due to ongoing COVID restrictions myself and Beautiful Bizarre Magazine’s Co-Founder were once again unable to attend in person. However, I am deeply grateful to the 80+ artists that have contributed work to this exhibition, particularly during yet another very challenging year, including of course the winners of the 2021 Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize. I am beyond thrilled with the unique vision and caliber of the work.

Animalia - Where The Wild Things Are

Animals, like us, are living souls. They are not things. They are not objects. Neither are they human. Yet they mourn. They love. They dance. They suffer. They know the peaks and chasms of being.”

Gary kowalski

If you missed the opening reception of ‘Animalia’, you can take a peek at the fabulous video [below] that Haven Gallery and @bennissenart prepared showcasing the exhibition below. How incredibly beautiful does the gallery and hang look?

I am also very grateful to Gallery Director’s Erica Berkowitz and Joseph Weinreb for their continued support of Beautiful Bizarre Magazine, and their incredible passion and dedication to the arts. You are both a huge inspiration – thank you!

Animalia - Where The Wild Things Are Haven Gallery
L – R: Erica [Director of Haven Gallery], Phillip Singer [Grand Prize Winner of the 2020 Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize], Margo Selski, Joseph Weinreb [artist & Director of Haven Gallery, Roland Mikhail [Grand Prize Winner of the 2021 Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize], Sui Yumeshima 

Danijela curates some of the most premier talents of today and challenges their artistic styles and narratives with her thoughtful and engaging exhibition concepts. “Animalia” is an especially noteworthy topic as it pertains to our current environmental climate, and reminds both artist and viewer of the importance in the preserving of biodiversity on our shared planet. The exhibition unifies artistry on a worldwide scale as the theme inspires both personal and universal axioms that connect us as individuals to all living beings on both the individual and mass level.

Erica Berkowitz, Owner, Haven Gallery
Animalia - Where The Wild Things Are
Specially commissioned glass art trophies for the Winners of the 2021 Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize

Congratulations once again to the brilliant Winners of this year’s Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize.

If you would like to enter the Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize for your chance to win amazing cash and product prizes, plus participate in our prestigious curated exhibitions. Please join our email mailing list so you dont miss out. We will notify our mailing list first when entries open for next year’s Prize in February.

If you haven’t yet, you can take a look at each of the 2021 Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize Winners artworks here.

Thank you, thank you, a million thank you’s to everyone involved in bringing this exhibition to life, including my amazing Beautiful Bizarre Magazine team. Another huge success – I feel so incredibly grateful! If you are interested in seeing the entire exhibition online or purchasing any of the works you can do so via the Haven Gallery website now.

The exhibition closes on 28 November. If you can make it to the gallery, I highly recommend seeing all the inspiring work in person.

Participating artists including the Winners of the 2021 Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize: Adam Alaniz, Alessandra Pisano, Alex Louisa, Alpay Efe, Amahi Mori, Andi Soto, Annie Montgomerie, Bella Kotak [1st Prize Winner INPRNT Photography Award, 2021 Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize], Bill Mayer, Brad Woodfin, Brian Mashburn, Brian Viveros, Brittany Markert [2nd Prize Winner INPRNT Photography Award, 2021 Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize], Brodie Colbourne [3rd Prize Winner iCanvas Digital Art Award, 2021 Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize], Caia Koopman, Crystal Morey, David Rice, DD-Anne [1st Prize Winner Yasha Young Projects Sculpture Award, 2021 Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize], Dewi Plass, DULK, Ed Binkley, El Gato Chimney, Elizabeth Wakou [2nd Prize Winner iCanvas Digital Art Award, 2021 Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize], Ellen Jewett, Erika Sanada, Ewa Prończuk-Kuziak, Forest Rogers, Gail Potocki, Hope Doe, Howard Lyon, Ian Francis, Jisu [1st Prize Winner iCanvas Digital Art Award, 2021 Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize], Jana Brike, Jason Mowry, Jesus Inglés, Jon Ching, Joseph Weinreb, Julio Reyes, Kate MacDowell, Kelsey Bowen, Kevin Peterson, Kevin Sloan, Kim Slate, Koh KiSung, Kris Lewis, Kristin Kwan, Kristine & Colin Poole, Kseniia Boko, Laura Colors, Lavely Miller [3rd Prize Winner RAYMAR Traditional Art Award, 2021 Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize], Lesley Thiel, Lindsey Carr, Lucia Heffernan, Lucy Havard [3rd Prize Winner INPRNT Photography Award, 2021 Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize], Madeline von Foerster, Margo Selski, Mary Jane Ansell, Mathieu Nozieres, Matt Dangler, Michael Bergt, Miho Hirano, Naoto Hattori, Nicole Evans, ONEQ, Phillip Singer [Winner of the 2020 Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize], Rachael Bridge, Richard Ahnert, Roland Mikhail [Winner of the 2021 Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize], Rose Freymuth-Frazier, Ross Jaylo, Ruth Speer, Sana Yoshida, Scott Brooks, Scott Musgrove, Scott Radke, Stephanie Law, Steven Kenny, Sui Yumeshima, Susan McDonnell, Susannah Martin, Thomas Ascott, Tina Yu [3rd Prize Winner Yasha Young Projects Sculpture Award, 2021 Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize], Tran Nguyen [1st Prize Winner RAYMAR Traditional Art Award, 2021 Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize], Travis Louie, Vanessa Foley, Victor Grasso.

Here are just a few of our favourites from the exhibition.

Ruth Speer
St. George and the Dragon, 2021
Ruth Speer
St. George and the Dragon, 2021 
Oil on custom cut panel in 1922 hand carved frame, 13.5 x 25.5″
Roland-Mikhail-Beautiful-Bizarre-Magazine-Animalia-exhibition
Roland Mikhail
Grand Prize Winner of the 2021 Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize
Memory’s Ascent
Acrylic on panel, 27.5 x 23″ 
Sui Yumeshima
The Fountain, 2021  
Sui Yumeshima
The Fountain, 2021  
Acrylic painting, Mixed media, Gold leaf on Canvas, 30 x 24″
Mary Jane Ansell
Eventide, 2021 
Mary Jane Ansell
Eventide, 2021 
Oil on Aluminum Panel, 12 x 12″ 
Travis Louie
Boss of Bosses, 2021
Travis Louie
Boss of Bosses, 2021 
Acrylic on board, 14 x 11″ 
Kevin Sloan
Keepsake, 2021 
Kevin Sloan
Keepsake, 2021 
Acrylic on canvas, 24 x 20 x 1.5″  
Tina Yu
3rd Prize Winner of the 2021 Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize, Yasha Young Sculpture Award
Tina Yu
3rd Prize Winner of the 2021 Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize, Yasha Young Sculpture Award
Riding The Autumn Wind, 2021 
Epoxy clay, acrylic paint, epoxy resin, 21 x 6 x 7″
Jason Mowry
The Instrument and the Fading Roar, 2021 
Jason Mowry
The Instrument and the Fading Roar, 2021 
Watercolor, gouache, pencil, 15 x 17″  
Rose Freymuth-Frazier
Freedom's Fortune, 2021 
Rose Freymuth-Frazier
Freedom’s Fortune, 2021 
oil on linen, 19 x 25″ 
Scott Musgrove
The Year in Review, 2021 
Scott Musgrove
The Year in Review, 2021 
 Oil on canvas, 20 x 15″ 
Julio Reyes
Woodland Ghost, 2021 
Julio Reyes
Woodland Ghost, 2021 
Egg Tempera on Panel, 17 x 18″  
Steven Kenny
Grand Prize Winner of the 2019 Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize
Steven Kenny
Grand Prize Winner of the 2019 Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize
Tiger Tamer, 2021 
Oil on canvas, 24 x 30″ 
Brian Mashburn
Town of Cats, 2021
Brian Mashburn
Town of Cats, 2021 
Oil on panel, 22 x 18″
Forest Rogers
Siren, 2021 
Forest Rogers
Siren, 2021 
Mixed media, 21 x 16.5 x 6″ 
Brian Viveros
Lone Wolf, 2021
Brian Viveros
Lone Wolf, 2021 
Charcoal, graphite, pastel, airbrush on board, 12 x 17″ 
Mathieu Nozieres
Bailong, 2021 
Mathieu Nozieres
Bailong, 2021 
Oil on panel, 17×21″
Dewi Plass
The curious gathering of the daydreaming conservationists that assemble at dusk (Whose kingdom are you rooting for?), 2021
Dewi Plass
The curious gathering of the daydreaming conservationists that assemble at dusk (Whose kingdom are you rooting for?), 2021
Acrylics on cradled birch panel, 33 x 23.6″ 
Brodie Colbourne“Dreams”, 2021  
Brodie Colbourne
3rd Prize Winner of the 2021 Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize, iCanvas Digital Art Award
“Dreams”, 2021  
Digital drawing. Cotton Rag, 600 x 420 mm. Artists Proof, Edition 1/1.
Margo Selski
Duo & Duet, 2021
Margo Selski
Duo & Duet, 2021
Oil on linen, 30 x 20″ 
Matt Dangler
Guardian, 2021 
Matt Dangler
Guardian, 2021 
Oil on Cradled Panel, 9 x 12” 
Gail Potocki
Thanatos, 2021 
Gail Potocki
Thanatos, 2021 
Oil on linen, 18 x 24”  
Laura Colors
Ring of Mystics, 2021
Laura Colors
Ring of Mystics, 2021 
Acrylic on Acid-free Artboard, and hand painted frame, 22 x 32″ 

About Author

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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