6th Annual Cityscapes Best in Show Winners – July 2021

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Best in Show (Traditional) – Feng Fei – “Outside the Window” – tempra


Feng Fei was born in an artistic family. Her father was a well-known Chinese artist and her first art teacher. He made her firmly believe that painting was a most beautiful lifestyle in the world.

She majored in advertising design in Beijing Industrial and Commercial University. In 1997, she worked for a 4A advertising agency but no matter how stressful her work was, she never gave up painting because she knew that it was her true love and inner spiritual world.

During the pandemic, she graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Arts where she put her heart and soul into the creation of visual art.

Feng Fei believes life and short and she will continue to paint until the last moment of her life. She is grateful to her family, art and God.

Feng Fei can be reached via her email.

Best in Show (Photography & Digital) – Paul M. Murray – “Havana Living #1” – color photography

1st-Place-BIS-42-dp.-Paul-M.-Murray-Havana-Living-1-.bMy photography remains a work in progress. I am very much a visual traveler who interacts with people, places, objects, and ideas on a variety of levels through several planes of vision that intersect with time and space. At those intersections, I may capture a moment and portray it with my implied perspective. The journeys to those intersections afford the opportunity to see and perhaps become intrigued by what I am experiencing.

Often the storytelling aspects of the photographic art form capture my attention and motivate a series of related images. Although my perspective is predominantly reality-based, I acknowledge not only the subjective nature of what I portray in my images but an interest in pursuing at times more abstract images.

To the extent that my images enrich the experience and vision of others, I feel that I have achieved a way of communicating that is unique to me as a photographer.

Paul’s website is www.harmonicthreads.com        

Best in Show (3 Dimensional) – M.A. Bailey – “Urbanoise” – glass mosaic on charred wood (Yakisugi)

1st-Place-BIS-4-3d.-M.A.-Bailey-Urbanoise.bM.A. Bailey originally hails from the East Coast of the U.S., where he grew up on the cliffs of the Palisades overlooking the Hudson River and New York City. There he began his love for culture and the fine arts and found the inspiration in his youth to study theatre and performance at Rutgers University and The Mason Gross School of the Arts.

After a long career working as an actor and singer in every imaginable medium – from theatre, TV, and film to video games and music videos – his interests and desires for other avenues of expression continued to grow and eventually brought him to start working with art that could be created by hand. He began by training in stained glass with a local artisan and has never since stopped exploring and expanding his points of view. His passions for new tangible expression flourishes, and he now devotes his time to working in his studio and exploring the creative process through his unique sculptures.

Some of his earliest 3-dimensional pieces took their cue from the traditional Japanese method of wood burning – yakisugi – a blackening of the wood that reveals clean, distinct lines and an inherent textural beauty. Combining that with his glass-making skills allowed for a unique take on sculptural relief and a furthered honing of his woodworking skills. Although his love for stained glass and for his particular use of it in unconventional ways hasn’t waned, the fragility of glass as a medium then led him to explore other materials. This exploration has brought him to his current series of works, utilizing resin and recycled plastics, combined with exotic woods, to create geometric sculptures that get their inspiration from both other historical art forms like traditional stained glass and totem carving – and the natural geometric configurations and array of colors found throughout nature.

M.A.’s website is www.mabaileyart.com


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