Australian Artist, Michael Jeffery wins the prestigious 1st ArtCurated Prize

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Contemporary International Artists competed in a prestigious, quarterly, online fine art competition, the 1st ArtCurated Prize. Talented Artists from all over the planet won.

Michael Jeffery, an interesting Artist from Australia, is the winner of the ShowArtists.com 1st ArtCurated Prize. Judges from North and South America collaborated to select 10 finalists and Michael Jeffery as the winner of the 1st ArtCurated Prize.

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The World class, Artist finalists for the 1st ArtCurated Prize are:
Giuseppe Mariotti, Italy, Hung Wong, Australia, Dan McCormack, United States, Izumi Sajiki, Japan, Jure Cekuta, Slovenia, Richard A. Moore, III, United States, Anne Skrede, Norway, Shanli Chen, New Zealand, Cony Welcker, Germany, Susan Ash, United Kingdom, and Ulla Gmeiner, Germany.    

The talented 1st winner, Michael Jeffery, reinvented himself and triumphed over a back injury to become a world class artist.

According to Michael,“My style originated from photographing segments of old graffiti from the walls of some huge concrete tanks and I’ve since been influenced by the aesthetic of torn street posters, road signs, old building walls, graffiti, etc.”

The evolution of street art has been growing and collectors are seeking ways to access this new art language. Beginning as a free expression available to everyone, at first street art existed outside the art institutions. Yet now, no one can deny the influence and crossover street artists are having on the more mainstream arts communities. Michael Jeffery, of Adelaide, Australia, is a prime example of how street art is evolving into a prominent language in many types of art making today. His graphic and colorful collages on canvas made from paint skins, spray paint, and stencils are gaining the attention of international art collectors and galleries. Recently, at a gallery opening in Sydney, his paintings sold out before the opening night even began!

“I was a keen artist as a child, but only dabbled in it later in life until I injured my back while working with horses in Perth, Western Australia. It was this that motivated me to choose a new (easy on the back) lifestyle, studying visual arts.”

Michael Jeffery has a reputation for being soft spoken and a bit shy. But his bold and powerful paintings illustrates that he lives in a rich inner world full of creativity and imagination where he integrates the signs and symbols that we see in our daily lives. This talented artist returned his attention to art after a spinal injury had made it impossible for him to continue working on a ranch in the west of Australia. “I was a keen artist as a child, but only dabbled in it later in life until I injured my back while working with horses in Perth, Western Australia. It was this that motivated me to choose a new (easy on the back) lifestyle, studying visual arts.”, he explains. He returned home to Adelaide where he completed an honors degree in Fine Art at the University of South Australia and now makes his dynamic paintings with a technique called “paint skins” where many layers of paint are placed on sheets of plastic and after drying are used in making collage on canvas. He explains, “The use of paint skins has allowed me to create a different surface texture and depth than that of traditional painting and I can imitate the effects of age, activity and weathering. The stenciled text originates from photographs of road signs, identification numbers, and other text within the urban landscape.”

When asked how his art has changed since he started he said, “My paintings have become more complex than earlier in my career, and I now often create animalistic-type forms that reference the hybridization of technology and nature. He describes his works as “abstract urban landscapes, saying “My style originated from photographing segments of old graffiti from the walls of some huge concrete tanks and I’ve since been influenced by the aesthetic of torn street posters, road signs, old building walls, graffiti, etc.” He’s careful to credit his mentor in how he developed his process, saying; “As far as technique goes, the person who has influenced me most would be my painting teacher from university, Paul Hoban. He invented a basic method for making paint skins of which, with his blessing, I began to experiment with using my own formulas and applications.”

Jeffery says he incorporates dreams from within his subconscious world and explores his ideas through his art making. He continually refines his process of collage and photographic transfer to develop the rich compositions and textures found in his works. Through trial and error he uses his intuition, art education, and sometimes even accidents to juxtapose his dialog about our urban and natural life in these times. When asked if he holds a concept or intention in his work he replied, “ My paintings allude to urban or industrial environments in a busy, technological world. Pictorial imitations of age and weathering reference a state of change and evolution. The fragmentation and manipulation of text gives importance to the formal properties of language, and often appear as coded messages or appendages of hungry robot-like creatures. Remnants of text and various other marks signify a human presence and influence upon the world.

Michael Jeffery’s work is a prime example of how a new generation of artists are integrating the influences of our fast paced changing world into their art. This grounding in social conscience informs the work and the life of many of today’s artists and Jeffery’s works speak to this new and fresh view expressed in today’s arts scene. Recently even the Tate Modern of London housed in a former power plant on the Thames, brought six street artists together from around the world to spray-paint giant murals on the museum’s river facade, kicking off the first major public museum display of street art in London.

Graffiti is a major influence in the present art culture. Reputed Dutch collector, Henk Pijnenburg, puts high value on this art form saying,

“This is the most culturally significant art movement of the second half of the 20th century, since Cubism and Surrealism. This art is very powerful, engaged and direct."

Michael Jeffery’s work speaks to this passion found in the streets as it crosses over into today’s contemporary art making.

His colorful works stimulates a conversation about today’s urban landscape and provokes questions about what’s next. We look forward to seeing more art exhibitions from Michael Jeffery as his increased global recognition extends beyond where he started in the Outback of Australia.

Learn more about Michael Jeffery's colorful paintings at his website and contact him directly:
http://www.michaeljeffery.com.au
michaeldjeffery2(at)yahoo(dot)com.au.

ShowArtists.com has calls for artists that are open to ALL artists on the planet. Gender, color, religion, name or who you know, have no bearing on winning international exposure for art and art competitions with this group. It's all about the talent and the art!

There is something for everyone who loves art at ShowArtists.com. Great Artists from anywhere on the planet can enter ShowArtists.com international art competitions and win. Art Collectors can go on ShowArtists.com and discover new talent to collect. Fine art galleries from around the world can even look here to locate new artists.

Read all about Micheal Jeffery and the other finalists in the ShowArt Magazine at http://www.ShowArtists.com

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