Entries to the 2022 Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize have officially closed, and the judging process is now underway. Our sincere thanks to all of the artists and photographers that entered. It is another year of a broad range of stunning entries and we are very excited!
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
2022 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, magic, and playfulness. 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 to choose the Finalists and Winners. We love seeing the evolution of artists’ works year on year!
A truly international Art Prize
Artists from an incredible 85 different countries entered the Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize 2022!
We have received entries from an incredible 85 different countries this year – wow!! Entries have been received from: 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.
Excitingly, we saw entries from a host of new countries as well. New entrant countries include entries from: Azerbaijan, Barbados, Georgia, Iran, Iraq, Lesotho, Macedonia, Martinique, Mauritius, Sri Lanka, Turks & Caicos Islands, Vietnam. Welcome new entrants, and good luck!!
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, plaster, stone, many resins, ceramic, clay, wool, found objects, beads, human hair and LED lights! The Digital Art category has seen an array of digital painters, digital sculptors, digital 3D artists and photomanipulation artists enter, along with with the new addition of some AI-collaborative entries as well. 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.
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 2022 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 Modern Eden Gallery, Kim Larson and Bradley Platz; Vicki Fox, owner of Quirky Fox Gallery; representatives from our major partners: INPRNT‘s leader of Independent Design + Creative Strategy, Ashley Heafy; 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: Martin Wittfooth (Traditional Art juror), Bella Kotak (Photography juror), Coderch & Malavia (Sculpture jurors) and Dan dos Santos (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.
2022 Award Categories
- RAYMAR Traditional Art Award
- INPRNT Photography Award
- iCanvas Digital Art Award
- Yasha Young Projects Sculpture Award
- ArtStation People’s Choice Award
Timeframes & Deadlines
- Midnight 31 July 2021 [New York Time]: Entries close
- 10 – 12 August 2022: Judging
- 15 August onward: Shortlist of 125 Finalists [25 per Award category: Digital Art, Photography, Sculpture; 50 for the Traditional Art Award category] announced
- 26 August [AEDT, Australian Eastern Daylight Time]: People’s Choice voting opens
- 9 September [AEDT, Australian Eastern Daylight Time]: People’s Choice voting closes
- Week of the 12th of September: Winners announced
- 12 Sept: Yasha Young Projects Sculpture Award Winners announced
- 13 Sept: INPRNT Photography Award Winners announced
- 14 Sept: iCanvas Digital Art Award Winners announced
- 15 Sept: RAYMAR Traditional Art Award Winners announced
- 16 Sept: Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize Grand Prize Winner, Honourable Mentions & ArtStation People’s Choice Winner announced
- 5 November – 3 December 2022: Beautiful Bizarre curated exhibition ‘Halcyon Days’ at Modern Eden Gallery, in San Francisco, CA United States. (Note: Prize winners are expected to exhibit a work in the ‘Halcyon Days’ exhibition in November 2022. 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 ‘Halcyon Days’ 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 ‘Halcyon Days’ theme.)
Until then, enjoy some of the wonderful entries below…
The Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize is administered by Australian based, international contemporary art magazine, Beautiful Bizarre Magazine.