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2024 Masters of Wildlife Art, International Juried Art Exhibition


Sunset Dip, by Debbie K. Morris, hyper-realistic painting of an elephant in water
Sunset Dip, by Debbie K. Morris

Congratulations to all of our amazing wildlife artists! We received entries from all over the world and are excited to show you this juried collection of wild animal art.


This is our second Masters of Wildlife Art virtual exhibition. Entries ranged from hyper-realism to abstract to pop art and beyond. Enjoy this group art exhibition that combines an invigorating range of art styles and mediums.


It is the goal of Wild Heart Gallery to support and promote animal and wildlife artwork in a wide range of genres and styles.


Artwork for this exhibition was selected by jury based on theme, originality, skill, and quality of work. Jurors were Sarah Soward, Sharon Eisley, Ashli Kingfisher, Torie Hilley, and Rebecca Findlay.


Awards: Best in Show, Overall Runner Up, Artivism Award, Overall Honorable Mentions, and Finalists.


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BEST IN SHOW


Sunset Dip, by Debbie K. Morris
Debbie K. Morris

Sunset Dip, by Debbie K. Morris 100cm x 68cm, Pastels on Pastelmat


From the artist, "A stunning elephant enjoying a dip in the warm evening sunset. I was completely taken by the simmering reflections on his skin and I don't think I touched a grey pencil throughout the whole drawing. This piece took me over 10 months on/off with many moments of self doubt along the way but I am so pleased I managed to finish it."


The jurors here at Wild Heart Gallery are also pleased (thrilled!) that Debbie K. Morris finished this piece! We are in love with the shine of this hyper-realistic drawing. From water ripple to trunk wrinkle to ear veins, it's a testament to artistic dedication and skill. The detail of the concentric rings of the broken tusk is captivating both metaphorically and visually. The interplay of light and shadow in this is invigorating!


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OVERALL RUNNER UP


Icon, by Chris Hynes, sculpture of a bison / buffalo made with car parts, clay and stone
Chris Hynes

Icon, by Chris Hynes 18 (h) x 27 (l) x 9 (w) inches, Metal parts procured from the junk yard, clay, and stone

From the artist, "American Bison made with a carburetor from a 69 Mustang, metal, stone, and clay."


The journey of this bison scultpure from realistic clay rendering to abstracted assembled car parts both satisfying and stimulating. There's a sense of wind and environment in this sculpture even though the only literal visual representation of then American buffalo's location is a no-nonsense slab of rock. It's the directionality of marks in the face that continues into the lines of the body that do it (not to mention those glorious tubes propelling the bison forward).



 

ARTIVISM AWARD


Last Meeting, by Katsiaryna Parukava. Artwork of a wolf with empty shells at its feet as a way of talking about animal conservation
Katsiaryna Parukava

Last Meeting, by Katsiaryna Parukava 80 x 100 cm, Oil on linen canvas 


From the artist, "The artwork is dedicated to the shooting of wolves in the wild. In the rules of hunters, it is still considered an undesirable species, and this means the right to its widespread extermination. In Belarus, the harmfulness of wolves is perceived absolutely, and without evidence. The picture is an act of drawing attention to this problem, calling for a ban on the uncontrolled extermination of wolves."



 

OVERALL HONORABLE MENTIONS



Congratulations to our Overall Honorable Mention winners, Chris Hynes, Angel Ivanov, Amelie Robitaille, Hettie Rowley, Louise Hancox, Tim Walker, Élizabeth Laflamme, Debbie K Morris, and Ginko Bergel.


 

FINALISTS



Congratulations to our award Finalists, Bonnie Johnson, Susanne Fumelli, James Masch, Zoltan Boros, Annik Janssens, John Wissler, Angel Ivanov, Emma Frettingham, Shawna Hinkel, Gaál Ágnes, Debbie K Morris, Mandie Knoesen, Heidi Bengry, and Samara LeTard.


 

Best in Show for Masters of Wildlife Art 2024 receives $400 cash award and promotion on the following: Art Week, Wild Heart Gallery’s (WHG's) growing social media and other online media channels, WHG's eNewsletter, and WHG's home page (for duration of the exhibition).


Overall Runner Up for Masters of Wildlife Art 2024 receives $100 cash award and the below:


All award recipients receive promotion on Wild Heart Gallery’s (WHG's) growing social media/other online media channels and WHG's eNewsletter and inclusion in a virtual group exhibition that lasts at least one month.


This art exhibition was juried by Sarah Soward, Sharon Eisley, Ashli Kingfisher, Torie Hilley and Rebecca Findlay.

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