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Masters of Wildlife Art 2023 International Juried Art Exhibition


The Mad Drag Queen, by Shawna Hinkel, color photograph of a mandrill
The Mad Drag Queen, by Shawna Hinkel

This is our first annual curated and juried virtual art exhibition focused on outstanding wildlife art. Entries included animals from air, land, and sea. The full body of work ranged from hyper-realism to full abstraction, with everything in between.


Congratulations to each artist whose work was accepted into Wild Heart Gallery's Masters of Wildlfie Art 2023 international juried art exhibition!


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, technique, skill, and quality of work. Jurors were Sarah Soward, Sarah Stribbling, Torie Hilley, Sharon Eisley, and Ashli Kingfisher.


Awards: Best in Show, Overall Runner Up, Overall Honorable Mentions, Best in Category, and Special Merit Awards.


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BEST IN SHOW

The Mad Drag Queen, by Shawna Hinkel, color photograph of a mandrill monkey in profile. Close up with extreme detail
by Shawna Hinkel

The Mad Drag Queen, by Shawna Hinkel 19 x 30 in, Digital Photography

Shawna Hinkel's animal portraiture is moving, emotional, and purposefully detailed. The angles and positioning of the mandrill lends action or aggression to the composition. It's subtle but powerful. The colors of the mandrill are bold at first glance. All the detail of light and texture invite the viewer in to inspect closer. It then becomes clear that there are a multitude of transitions in those bold colors and varied textures.


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OVERALL RUNNER UP

PoliNation, by by Ted Shaine. Linocut print of a bee in close up.
by Ted Shaine

PoliNation, by Ted Shaine 9 x 12 in, Linoleum Print

From the artist, "Portrait of honey bee."


Clarity of shapes, rhythm, composition, varied tool marks, directionality, contrast! All of these elements work together in a seamless piece art that is full of motion. It holds the shape and definition of a honey bee while also embracing abstraction. This is a bee with power.


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OVERALL HONORABLE MENTIONS

Congratulations to our Overall Honorable Mention winners, Shawna Hinkel, Rebecca Findlay, Tassy F, Linda Hansen, Oleg Kedria, Pat Gombarcik, Tara Nix, and Bonnie Johnson.


 

BEST IN CATEGORY


Congratulations to our Best in Category winners

  • Digital Art: Qihui Gong

  • Drawing and Pastels: Linda Hansen

  • Mixed Media: Ross Halfacree

  • Painting: Rebecca Findlay

  • Photography: Shawna Hinkel

  • Printmaking: Ted Shaine


 

SPECIAL MERIT AWARDS


Congratulations to our Special Merit Award winners, Ted Shaine, Monica Diaz, Ross Halfacree, Darren McGirr, Pat Gombarcik, Heather Cudworth, Linda Hansen, and Leo Lizarraga.

 


SELECTED WORKS


Sometimes we receive so many works that speak to us that we create an additional area in our virtual shows for works that are Selected but not awarded.


Congratulations to our Selected Works artists, Lizzie Jayne, Sumita Chatterjee, Tassy F, Shawna Hinkel, Shruti Sasan, Margaret Ann Adams, Kyoungryun Mo, Monica Diaz, Kathy Weiss, and Bonnie Johnson.

 

Best in Show receives $75 cash award and promotion on the following: Art Base, 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 receives $25 cash award and promotion 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.


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 Sarah Stribbling.

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