The top five artists in each category were given awards in the 7th Annual Cityscapes international online art exhibition. Below are the biographies and/or artist’s statements along with the artist’s websites or emails.
To contact these artists directly for purchase inquiries or to see more of their work, please visit the 7th Annual Cityscapes Art Exhibition page for contact information.
Congratulations again to all the winners and thank you for sharing your talent with us.
Best in Show (Traditional) – Harvey Milman – “City in Moonlight” – acrylic on canvas
The variety of experiences, diversification of people, raw energy, and incongruous beauty continuously encountered in NYC provide an endless source of inspiration for my work. The City is the setting for alienation and loneliness, romance and intimacy, loss and degradation, success and pride. A sense of place in my paintings strikes a chord of recognition in the viewer, and celebrates the extraordinary character of the ordinary. Snow, rain, heat, cold, the effects of the Seasons are as omnipresent in the canyons of the City as in the canyons of the wilderness. Just as nature brings beauty to the wild, it bejewels the City as well, and moments of beauty are there for the artist to capture.
To learn more about Harvey or to see more of his work, please visit his website.
Best in Show (Photography & Digital) – Scott Geyer – “Vesey Street” – digital
Scott Geyer was born in Los Angeles, CA but grew up in Port Washington, NY. He graduated from Franklin College with a BFA. College life also included football and baseball- sports are a great release from the creative struggles. After college he moved to NYC to continue in his art. He joined the Arts Studio League studying under Hughie Lee-Smith and attended the New York Studio School and studied with Paul Georges. There have been many various jobs that he has held over the years that afforded him to keep his painting alive and the process growing. His commitment to art is foremost in his goals.
To learn more about Scott or to see more of his work, please visit his website.
Best in Show (3 Dimensional) – Ulf König – “Skyscrapers BlueRed from Vertical Constructivist Urbanism Series” – mixed-media sculpture
Ulf König lives in the City of Ulm, south of Germany. Since 2004, he has worked as a self-educated freelance artist and designer. Ulf’s artworks mainly address technology and architecture, reflecting his background in R&D-management. During his career as an artist he has participated in around 50 solo- and group-exhibitions in Europe, Canada, USA, received 16 honors and awards, and has been published in 7 art-magazines. In order to combine fine art with novel technologies, Ulf has founded 2 interdisciplinary artist’s collectives.
Ulf explores contemporary architecture from various perspectives, from critical analysis to the appreciation of beauty, as in the present submission. Since 2011 he works every now and then on his sculptures series “Vertical Constructivist Urbanism”. These are composed of rigid geometric, angularly or asymmetrically arranged 3D-shapes which cross, intersect or interpenetrate. Together with a constructivist color scheme, thrilling skyscraper models have been created which are extremely multiperspective. The models might be regarded as a suggestion for a more artful architecture. Even if one would omit the bright colors in the case of an implementation, the layout would keep stimulating.
The mixed-media skyscraper sculptures constructed of styrofoam, wood, acrylic he arranged in 2022 to a pedestals installation. Both, “skyscraping” pedestals and skyscraper sculptures merged to a thematic unit.
To learn more about Ulf or to see more of his work, please visit his website.
2nd Place (Traditional) – Hu Minkai – “München” – soft pastel on paper
Since 2005, HU Minkai has been engaged in art education and pastel painting creation, and is skilled at creating paper painting using pastel materials combined with watercolor and acrylic pigments. He has held two solo exhibitions, and his paintings have participated in numerous art exhibitions in China and the United States, including the 34th and 35th AIPS American International Pastel Painting Association Exhibition, for which he won the 34th academic nomination award.
To learn more about Hu Minkai or to see more of his work, he can be reached via Email.
2nd Place (Photography & Digital) – Colin Killick – “The Oriental Pearl Tower” – vector drawing
Colin Killick obtained a Ph.D. in geology and then embarked on a 25-year career with the New South Wales National Parks & Wildlife Service. In 2011 he left National Parks to accompany his wife, Wendy, on her 3 year posting attached the Australian Embassy in Moscow. During the long Russian winters, he developed an interest in photography and the magic of Photoshop. On more recent postings to Shanghai and Bangkok he expanded his artistic toolkit to include vectors and fractals. Now back in Australia, Colin devotes much of his spare time to digital imaging and the guitar.
To learn more about Colin or to see more of his work, he can be reached via Email.
3rd Place (Traditional) – Andy Ross – “42nd Street” – oil on canvas
The pandemic revealed the bare bones of New York City. It was a changed urban landscape. I walked down empty streets, watched masked municipal workers repairing roads, watched the steam venting on 5th Avenue and marveled at how blue the sky had become. I wanted to capture it all because no one was there to see the wonder of it all!
To learn more about Andy or to see more of his work, he can be reached via Email.
3rd Place (Photography & Digital) – John H Diephouse – “Bus Stop 6 AM” – photography
I am a primarily self-taught photographer who migrated from film to digital photography about fifteen years ago. After retiring from a professional management career, I have more actively explored the technical and creative sides of this media.
I am attracted to a wide variety of subjects ranging from natural landscapes, botanicals and wildlife to images that provide either abstract expression or social commentary. I am interested in sharing images that evoke a story of some kind. Images may be simply documentary, reflect a sense of time and place, or resonate on a more abstract level of color, shape or form. Others provoke an indefinable question that does not readily yield answers without further study and reflection.
Most often I am drawn back to images created while wandering through the back roads and small towns of the upper Midwest. These images of architecture, commerce and social life often reflect a mixture of nostalgia and a changing set of forces that shape life in the heartlands.
I have exhibited widely and have earned recognition in local, regional, and national exhibitions. My photographs are also included in several corporate and private collections.
To learn more about John or to see more of his work, he can be reached via Email.
4th Place (Traditional) – Elliot Appel – “Late Afternoon on Hudson Street” – acrylic on canvas
As an artist, I want the viewer to share my interest in everyday objects that are unique to ‘the city’. All too often, people may find themselves rushing from place to place without noticing the beauty, history, diversity and culture that surrounds them. They may not have an opportunity to appreciate the street performer, the antiquated storefront, the interesting window reflection-things that contribute to making urban living worthwhile and enriching.
I also strive to capture remnants of the ‘old’ city on canvas before they become fleeting memories- the city of five-story walk-ups, ornamental windows and hand-painted signs. I think it’s important to remember these things.
My art allows people to ‘slow it down’. It gives the viewer a chance to focus on some of the overlooked details that are an integral part of their daily lives; hopefully the viewer will come away with a greater appreciation for their surroundings and share my love of ‘the city’.
To learn more about Elliot and to see more of his work, please visit his website.
4th Place (Photography & Digital) – Ben Asen – “Two Window off Lafayette Street, NYC” – photography & digital
Ben Asen is a true New Yorker, born and raised in Brooklyn. He then moved to Manhattan where he began to fulfill his dream of becoming a photographer. He slowly built a career and for over 35 years has specialized in corporate, non-profit, editorial, and portrait photography. Now he’s just about done taking on assignments and just wants to photograph the subjects he’s passionate about. In the last five years, Ben has decided to dedicate more time to his fine art. He has traveled extensively throughout Europe, but New York is still the place that gets into his soul. He never gets tired of photographing his city.
Ben loves taking the subway early in the morning to explore and photograph all the diverse neighborhoods that New York has to offer. Many times, he doesn’t return home until the last bit of daylight has disappeared. Photographing cityscapes, especially the city’s iconic wooden water towers, has become his passion. Ben has collected several hundred images of these uniquely New York structures, but he finds that they are getting more difficult to find: the city’s ever-increasing number of high-rise buildings has either demolished or blocked views of them. Ben always has a camera over his shoulder, never knowing when the next image to take will appear. He loves shapes and shadows in photos, but it is the right light that is a major factor in creating his images.
It’s All About the Light has become Ben’s mantra.
To learn more about Ben and to see more of his work, please visit his website.
5th Place (Traditional) – Angela Suto – “Downpour” – oil on panel
Angela Suto is an award-winning artist based in Hungary whose paintings have been exhibited nationally, as well as in the United States and Austria. Through her distinctive cityscapes and urban scenes, she endeavors to convey that “cities are not just crowded places”. Suto believes that every metropolis is beautiful in its own way. She primarily creates with oils on wood. She is working with art galleries based in New Jersey and Vienna too. She is a passionate traveler, animal-lover and humanitarian.
“My goal is to show people that cities are not just crowded places; every city is beautiful in its own way. We can find this beauty in the rhythm of the traffic or in the play of shadow and light in the street.”
To learn more about Angela and to see more of her work, please visit her website.
5th Place (Photography & Digital) – Eunbi Kang – “Clocktower” – digital
My name is Eunbi Kang and I am a Korean visual development artist and illustrator currently living in LA. I have been honing my skill for drawing and painting for the past several years. I have loved art from a very young age. Since embracing illustration and animation as a lifestyle in 2010s, I have been creating illustration and animation styled art and involved in doing gallery art while pursuing my own personal projects. My goal for my dream is working with nice people and developing ideas together in animation studios. I am interested in making the ideas real on my canvas and talking about stories. One day, I hope that I can find my art and projects in the concept art book.
To learn more about Eunbi or to see more of her work, please visit her website.
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