Winners: 1st Art Curated Prize


Gold Award WINNER!  August 15, 2011

Michael Jeffery, Australia

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Law of the Jungle
160 x 120 cm
Acrylic paint skins & spray enamel on canvas

According to Michael Jeffery "The visual ideas for my work usually originate from dreams or imagery seen while in the state between waking and sleep. The practice of sourcing information directly from the subconscious has become my primary focus for investigation. The painting techniques themselves are also experimental and are essentially collages of dried skins or sheets of paint. These skins are cut to resemble bricks within a wall or perhaps topographic views of an urban landscape. Other forms may become robot-like creatures, hybrids of nature and machine. My paintings invite the viewer to consider the impact our actions have upon the world, each other and future generations of all life."

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Giuseppe Mariotti, Italy

Art Curated Prize International Art Competition finalist

According to Giuseppe: I was born in Todi (Italy). I completed my secondary school education in classical studies, and then earned a degree in Architecture at the School of Architecture of Rome University (Italy).
I have never attended an art school, so I am self-taught. As a child I began to draw and experiment with color.  

While in high school art history appealed to me more than Latin or Greek. I was fascinated by the Italian Renaissance and the great artists of that period, as well as by the Flemish masters.
I was struck by the emotional balance and rigorous composition of Piero della Francesca, the plasticity and drama of Caravaggio and Rembrandt, as well as the poetry and delicacy of Vermeer.
Modern painting, on the other hand, fascinates me for its freedom of language as well as its capacity for continual innovation.
During my university years, my scientific background contributed to the maturation of the two innate aspects of my personality: the imaginative and the rational.  Following my degree, in addition to working in my profession, I have also dedicated much time to other artistic expressions.
I have drawn comic strips and done book illustrations, as well as graphic art, and I have become deeply interested in digital art. 

My artwork has received various prizes and awards, both in Italy and internationally.  

Since the moment I discovered painting this has become a consuming interest for me. I do mostly oil paintings, and the themes I portray are very diverse: I enjoy representing reality, but also adventuring into the dimensions of the imagination and of the surreal, as well as sounding the depths of Man's feelings and inner life.

I love both classical as well as modern painting and I enjoy expressing myself using the instruments as well as the language of both these art forms; in this way each time I manage to espress various aspects of my personality and inner world. As for digital artwork, I am fascinated by this art form and its possibilities and I am continually searching for and experimenting with new techniques. I realize both two-dimensional images, as well as three-dimensional and photorealistic images.  

The main subject of the present series of paintings is the human figure (male as well as female), a being always on the move, perenially searching, reflecting and investigating, questioning both the universe outside as well as that within himself, artefice of his own destiny. I prefer to work applying thin layers of color, superimposing one over the other until the desired effect is reached.

My studio is in Todi, a very old, lovely town located in central Italy, in the region of Umbria, founded around 2.700 B.C. and subsequently an Etruscan and then Roman town.  I live with my wife, Diane (who is originally from New York), my two sons, Deborah and Tommy, our dog, Spock, and two cats.

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Hung Wong, Australia

Art Curated Prize International Art Competition Finalist from Japan



According to Hung, “I learned Chinese painting from an art master, Mr Lai Yuk-hay in Hong Kong before I migrated to Australia in 1989. I have a studio and create my own style in water-color and chinese painting. Drawing goldfish is my favorite which no one did it in this way before.


The piece shown, 隨緣 has won a special award in International Contest & Masterwork Exhibition Of Chinese Painting Calligraphy in Shanghai in 2009.

The meaning of my artwork:

隨緣 means whatever will-be, will be. In our life, we cannot control our fate but if we have good moral and do good things to help others, our fate will change for the better. These days, major disasters happen so often and we as humans are so small that there is very little we can do to predict or avoid them. Let us all show love and show our good heart to each other so this world can change of the better...

The background of the picture means life is an unknown but we are all swimming in the same pond. We hope to live in freedom and happiness like goldfish. Free from worries, wars and crimes......


Dan McCormack, United States

Art Curated Prize Winner International art competitions

Izumi Sajiki, Japan

Japanese Artist Izumi Sajiki, finalist in our international art competition.

International Art competition, exhibition winner

"Like space,considering the life of man,
In the expression of the eternal possibility without the limit of a single life,
Continue our search for the real world that we will find through our
spiritual struggle."

Solo exhibition
1982 Galerie Ichiyo, Tokyo
1984 -96 Kunugi Gallery, Tokyo
2000, 01 Cast Iron Gallery, N.Y., U.S.A.
2006 O Art Museum
2009,03 Gallery Gaku , Tokyo
2010,04 Gallery Gekkoso , Tokyo
2010,06 The blue box Gallery , Okazaki
2011,01 1/FGallery , Tokyo

Group exhibition
1981 -87 Association of Jiyu Bijutsu, Tokyo
1994 -96 Contemporary Art Festival, Tokyo
1997 Salon des Artistes Français, Paris
1999 Salon de Mai, Paris
2001-03 Asian Art Now, Las Vegas, U.S.A.
2006 Grand prix at « Artists Today Franco-Japanese », Tokyo
2006 Galerie Atelier Visconti, Paris
2009,09 Shanghai Art Fair

University in Japan
Calvin Klein, some designers in New York


Jure Cekuta, Slovenia

Jure Cekuta, finalist international fine art competition

Jure Cekuta, Solvenia master artist. Finalist in the Art Curated Prize international art competition

Jure Cekuta By Renate Polzer, M.A.

I met Jure Cekuta in l992 when I was preparing one of group exhibitions in Leibnitz. At that time the background of his painting was dominated by women's and animal motifs. The figural, but not naturalistic effect   prevailed on the entire painting surface and reflected a characteristic, learned graphic technique of the painter. However, the human body did not mean only a painting object to Cekuta, but also a carrier of a painter's confession. In his "life art" cycle he painted women's bodies, which he presented with masterly photographs in the background. Jure's kindness and openness encouraged me to invite him to IMBS (=Internationales Maler- und Bildhauersymposion), i.e. International Symposium of Painters and Sculptors coming together every year for two-week workshops and regular group exhibitions. For several years I have been organizing all the activities for this symposium in Austria. In Jure, as a man and as a painter of expressive figural images, I found an interesting complementarity to almost exclusively abstractly creating artists of this symposium. He quickly joined the group; yet his work  did not lose its artistic individuality in any way. I have still ever a live image of him as a real "prince of art" in the ground floor of Gleinstätten mansion where he "was a king" in the realm of his colour, papers, canvases and technical tools. Never has he refused a collegial assistance, therefore  our discussions frequently ended with noisy artists'  debates.  Upon my remark that he has his "workshop" organized  like Andy Warhol, he then reacted with an ironically sneering, but amiable smile (in his "workshop" Andy Warhol's  was working  in screen print technique with a group of assistants). In spite of traditional attitude established towards everything made by art, he  had become unbelievably technically-minded  in everything going in line with art. In contrast as to other artists, each one being caught in the style and line of his own, Jure Cekuta is open to new achievements. Today we come across computers in all levels of our life. This is, of course, known to Cekuta not only because of his numerous travels to the United States and his long stays  in that country. Today we cannot work without up-to-date communications and marketing approaches. Jure Cekuta has included our IBMS into his documentary films and photographs, into internet and other hi-tech achievements. As a result, he has created a peculiar forum in the level of new media. On his invitation, the IBMS was organized , in l997, in the castle of Podsreda, belonging to Kozjanski park in  Slovenia. The works created there have been given the stamp of that environment, far away from the busy world, and similar almost to a real isolation. Kozjanski park has bought one work of art from each artist  for its permanent collection. As organizer of the meeting of such a large number  of artists, Jure had  little occasion to devote himself to creativity. But he solved this problem in the way of his own – i.e. technically. Thus there appeared painted women's figures  on photographed groundwork with study of a motion. Then he scanned these shadowed photographs, upgraded them in the studio and presented them as computer graphics CGC (Computer Graphic Cekuta). In his recent painting Cekuta has been reducing the intensity of a human figure. Details have somehow disappeared in favour of a stronger texture and forms have been integrated more intensively into the background of a picture. Human body and details are built into a picture in  such a way that they cannot be defined at the first sight. Graphic details are no more visible on larger canvases and pictures are more picturesque and homogenous. In his characteristic on-a-large-scale style he  acts businesslike, too. The idea of "art world" links philanthropic goodwill with goal to approach art to a wider circle of people. It was already in the past that he directed  his artistic creation to humanitarian purposes. Among others, he organized a charitable action for Maribor Hospital, he is a co-founder of "Humanik" company in Ljubljana, he organized the project "For a humane tomorrow". It is also with "Art World" project that he wants to link his colleagues into an art forum in order to near the art to wider public by means of the new technology. Organizing of workshops and symposiums within the framework of the newly appearing "art village" project will require much time and personal engagement from Jure Cekuta. I wish and know, of course, that  he will find  it for his personal growth and creativity. 

Richard A. Moore, III, United States

Richard A.  Moore, Finalist in the Art Curated Prize, International Art Competition.

One of the most frequent questions and, incidentally, one of the hardest to answer refers to the source of inspiration; the question “Where do you get the ideas for your artwork?” appears in nearly every conversation I have.
While it is relatively easy to explain where the theme of a particular piece originated, it is an overwhelming task to catalog circumstances and list all possible influences that, in a way, forged the idea. After all, nearly every second of our lives shapes us and, although often indirectly, affects what we feel compelled to express and create.
Although each sculpture presented here was influenced by different experience in my life, they all tend to -- in some degree -- incarnate the darker side of my personality which I find to be a more intriguing, abundant and worth exploring source of inspiration and ideas than my usual lighthearted disposition.
As for the visual influences ... here they are: masterpieces of Baroque sculpture and movie monsters made of silicone; some significant, some seemingly trivial...


Anne Skrede, Norway

Anne Skrede, Norway, Finalist in teh Art Curated Prize. International art competition exhibition.

Jeg har utdannelse innen kunst- og håndverksfag, design, produktutvikling og pedagogikk, noe som har gitt meg et stort spekter å spille på i forhold til materialer og uttrykksformer. De ulike teknikkene påvirker hverandre og gir ideer til videre utvikling.

Mine arbeider er både i store og små formater i et eksperimenterende, spontant språk og jeg befinner meg et sted mellom kunst, håndverk og design. Jeg prøver å handle etter instinktet snarere enn tanken. Jeg søker å uttrykke det komprimerte paradoks mellom det vakre og brutale.

Assemblage, collage og tegning/maleri på lerret og metallplater. Gjenbruksmaterialer og gjenstander tæret av tidens tann satt inn i nye konstellasjoner, skuddhull fra våpen, kjemikalier, kull og maling er blant virkemidlene jeg benytter i skapelsesprosessen.

Kunstner Anne Skrede


2010 -

Påbegynt master formgiving, kunst og håndverk

2006 - 07

Ped. Statistikk

1995 - 96

Cand.mag. Formgiving og produktutvikling
Høyskolen i Akershus (HIAK)

1994 - 95


1993 - 94

Spesialiseringsstudium i metall

1992 - 93

Tre, metall, keramikk

1991 - 92


1991 - 92

VK 1 Kunsthåndverksfag; tre, metall, keramikk
Røros videregående skole

1979 - 80

Sund folkehøgskole

1978 - 79

Grunnkurs møbelsnekkere
Stjørdal videregående skole

Utvalgte utstillinger


Galleri Bølgen, Larvik Kulturhus


Høstutstillingen Åsgårdstrand Galleri


Høstutstillingen Stavern


Steinbrakka Fredriksvern verft, Stavern


Galleri AGN design, Kulturstien, Gamle Eidsfoss


Godt Brød, Trondheim


Galleri Bjørkhov, Selbu


Fyn, Danmark. H.C. Andersen 200-års jubileum


Gallery Ryn Castle, Polen


Paulus kirke, Oslo med prosjekt "Nye samtaler"


Stjørdal kunstforening


MNK, Inderøy


Kaffe Kaktus, Trondheim


Kunstnernes hus Oslo, stipendutstilling


Trondheim kunstforening


Statoil, Stjørdal


Galleri Jørgen Juul, Stjørdal


Galleri Vedskjulet, Stjørdal


Hell Bluesfestival, Galleri Smia

1996 - 97

Mayas nabo, Trondheim, Seminarplassen Klæbu



Ole Vig vgs. Stjørdal


Kvinners Arena, Stjørdal


Stjørdal kommune, miljøprisen

1999 - 06

Diverse designoppdrag


2008 -

Lærer Larvik Kommune

1998 - 08

Lærer ved Ole Vig vgs. Design og håndverk

1999 -

Lærer ved diverse kurs, Stjørdal og Larvik

Shanli Chen, New Zealand

International art competition finalist, Shanli Chen

    In 1983, the very first time I picked up a pencil I was amazed that an image could be created with a simple line. Once I discovered the world of sketches, I was hooked. The portrait of self-expression lies within a person’s imagination.

    For the past 20 years I have been working as an accountant actually. In 2003 when I picked up a pencil again I was amazed that I couldn’t believe how much I love it. I can easily spend over 15 hours on it everyday. For me it feels like only an instant and the only hint I have is the slow ache that works its way up my arm.

    Art stirs my pulses. I found a space where I can say my say. We are too limited, slight and lonely as human, but art is unlimited. I have come to realize that I have used my artwork as a form of catharsis and through it I am able to express feelings that I could never put into words. My selfhood is optimistic, but I like forlorn beauty. It always resonate inside my soul.

    My goal is for the viewer to connect my arts, their soul, hence Soulful Studios.


Cony Welcker, Germany

Finalist for the Art Curated Prize. International Fine art competition.



"Ein Geheimnis der Kunst liegt darin, dass man nicht sucht , sondern findet"

Pablo Picasso

Dennoch - um zu seinem eigenen Ausdruck, um zu sich - zu finden, bedarf es eines reichen Erfahrungsschatzes, der meist einen nicht unerheblichen Teil der eigenen Lebenszeit in Anspruch nimmt.

Die Künstlerin Cony Welcker, die vor kurzem ihren 40.Geburtstag feierte, fühlt sich ihrem Wunsch ganz frei zu arbeiten - eigene Linien zu verfolgen - ein gutes Stück näher, seit sie ihren Job als Steinbildhauerin für Grabsteine an den Nagel gehängt hat und sich für das Leben als freischaffende Künstlerin entschieden hat.


Damals eher ungewöhnlich für ein Mädchen - erlernt sie vor 20 Jahren nach dem Abitur den Beruf der Steinbildhauerin bei Martin Koch am Hauptfriedhof in Mannheim und krönte diese Ausbildung 1999 mit der Meisterprüfung in diesem Handwerk.

Cony hat schon als Kind viel gezeichnet und gemalt. Schon in frühester Jugend entstanden Bildergeschichten – Cartoons -, in denen sie ihre Gedanken zu Papier brachte , und in denen sie ihre eigenen Erlebnisse und Krisen verarbeitete.

Heute als Bildhauerin - mit der Aktmalerei bestens vertraut, sie studierte unter anderem bei Rainer Negrelli, - entwickelen sich in den letzten Jahren sogenannte Aktcartoons.

„Akte ersparen mir die Leitfigur für meine Gedankengeschichten“, sagt sie. „ Ich setze meine Akte in verschiedenen Posen auf verschiedene Sockel, und meine Gedanken formulieren eine Geschichte. Aktposen inspirieren mich, das hat nichts krampfiges !“

Alles entwickelt sich aus ihrer Sprachkreativität, es sind spontane Einfälle- auch nicht allzu ernst gemeint.
So entstehen Titel wie hellblaues Herzbett, 5-Uhr Tee mit blauer Seife, Call me Tinguely… Sie sind zum Schmunzeln eingeladen………

Nun aber zu Cony Welckers Skulpturen:

Seit 20 Jahren klopft sie Steine, haut Schriften in Steinplatten, haucht Muschelkalk und Sandstein, manchmal auch hartem Marmor Kinetik, Leben und Seele ein, sie verleiht diesen Materialien Leichtigkeit oder Strenge, Grandezza oder Humor
- kurz, sie schenkt ihren Werken IHRE eigene emotionale Kraft.

In Cony paart sich hohes handwerkliches Können, zu dem sie viel physische Kraft braucht, mit der zur Steinbearbeitung erforderlichen Ausdauer.

Nach der groben Bearbeitung eines Rohlings mit der Flex oder demPresslufthammer, danach setzt sie Knüpfel, Fäustel oder Spitzmeißel ein. Erst zum Schluß erhält die Skulptur den Feinschliff.

Dabei entstehen auch Arbeiten, bei denen nur ein Teil des Steins seine Schönheit im Schliff zeigt. Ungeschliffenes und Geschliffenes erzeugen optische Spannung. In der letzten Zeit arbeitet sie auch andere Materialien in den behauenen Stein ein, wie „kleiner Drache mit Diamant“, „Tante Gertrud“, u.ä.

Die Künstlerin beschreibt ihre Arbeit so:

„Die Bildhauerei ist ein Prozess, bei dem abenteuerliche Dinge passieren können! Sie ist spannend wie eine Krimi, weil jeder Hieb sitzen muss – denn was weg ist , ist eben weg!“

„In meinen Arbeiten hole ich Echtes raus aus dem Stein und aus mir selbst. Mir ist es wichtig, meine ureigenen Qualitäten herauszukristallisieren. Unsere heutige zerrissene Welt kann nur heilen über innere Kräfte. Ich möchte deshalb möglichst dicht an meiner Essenz sein. „

In den letzten Jahren fährt Cony oft nach Portugal. Dort arbeitet sie mit Kalkstein oder Marmor der Region, den es in vielen Farben - wie rot, grau und auch gelb- gibt – auch hier verweise ich auf Tante Gertrud oder die anderen Skulpturen im großen Warteraum .
Das Leben in der Weite der Natur am Atlantik, den Elementen Wind und Wasser nahe, in der Nachbarschaft eines Küstenstreifens, der unter Naturschutz steht. – ist für sie ein Refugium, um sich der Hektik in Mitteleuropa zu entziehen.
Sie fühlt sich dort besser geerdet, spürt sich d e u t l i c h e r als im Grau des hiesigen Alltags.

Seit vielen Jahren nun gilt Conys Leidenschaft der Steinbearbeitung und sie verfügt über fachlich hochdifferenziertes technisches Know-how

In der letzten Zeit spürt sie in sich eine Veränderung:
„Im Wesen,“ so Cony Welcker, „ bin ich nicht mehr so gierig auf Stein, ganz harte Sachen widerstreben mir zunehmend. Ich kann mir vorstellen, in Zukunft auch Holz zu bearbeiten, oder andere Materialien zu gestalten, mich vielleicht auch mal wieder verstärkt der Zeichnung oder auch der Malerei zu widmen.

"Ich will all mein Können nutzen - um von Regeln loszukommen!“

Susan Ash, United Kingdom

Susan Ash, Finalist in teh Art Curated Prize, International fine art Competition

Ulla Gmeiner, Germany

Art Curtaed prize Finalist International Art Compeittion

Ulla Gmeiner is a virtual artist (painting and objects) from Germany with her own studio in Bonn. She is a member of different art groups and a curator of an International Competition (Kulturpark Tapetenfabrik Bonn)

Exhibitions in Germany, Sweden (Stockholm), Austria (Linz), Italy (Bologna) and France (Paris)

Artistic education in Munich (Alfred Darda)



Galerie Sassen, Bonn

KG 52, Stockholm

ArtGermany, Munich

Vernissage Atelier, Heidelberg

Trevisan International Art, Bologna

Carré d’Artistes, Paris


Her artistic work was published in different art magazines and books:

Art &Graphic Magazine: Interview and Title, 2009, At the studio with Ulla Gmeiner

Design/Interior, Zeixs, Germany, 2010

The National Poetry Review: Title and Article, 2011

Book covers for Hachette, Paris and Harper Collins, London, 2011



Art Majeur Silver Award, 2010 and 2011


My work (paintings, collages and objects) can be described as a “controlled chance”: my paintings and collages are based on a dialogue with experimentally induced processes and I meet them with a conscious artistic development. Light, texture and colors play an important role. I like to apply different materials like glass fiber, aluminum foil, eggshells, fragments of old books and wood engravings. My interest in philosophy, mythology and nature subjects is strongly expressed in my artwork. There is often a hidden sense in it which is not directly visible. I always look for “poetic possibilities” that often reveal surreal features and represent the themes of transience.