2019 Art of the Portrait Competition Finalists

by Matthew Innis |


The Portrait Society of America has just announced the finalists for this year’s International Portrait Competition.  Of the nearly 3,000 entries – the largest number of submissions yet received by the Society – only 24 were chosen for this honor, and these finalists represent some of the best figurative artists from around the world.  All two dozen of the works will next head to Atlanta, Georgia, where they will be on view during the 21st Annual Art of the Portrait Conference from April 25th through the 28th, and on the final evening of the event, awards will be presented to the participants with one lucky finalist receiving the very prestigious Draper Grand Prize.  Best of luck to all the competitors!

Congratulations are also due the 27 Certificate of Excellence award winners . . .
France Bell, Diana Buitrago, Olena Burykina, Matteo Caloiaro, Jeanya Charles, Robin Cole, John Cook, Leon Doucette, David Gluck, Moses Hamborg, Liz Harris, Olga Krimon, Jin Li, Shuang Liu, Kelly Micca, Greg Mortenson, Rich Nelson, Paul Newton, Olga Nielsen, Evert Ploeg, Joe Remillard, Linda Harris Reynolds, Mary Sauer, Patrick Saunders, James Sondow, Stephanie Thompson, and Aaron Westerberg
. . . and to the 50 Select Award winners . . .
Matthew Almy, Anna Rose Bain, Jennifer Balkan, John Michael Carter, Kevin Chambers, Joseph Daily, Vittorio Dangelico, John Darley, Ilana Ellis, Jin Fengshi, McGarren Flack, Nick Gebhart, Jennifer Gennari, Eric Guan, Catherine Haverkamp, YongFu He, Susan Hotard, Keith Johnson, Jinchul Kim, Xiaoyu Li, Yungsheng Liu, Chang-Peng Lo, Abigail McBride, Sean McGraw, Mary Minifie, Ricky Mujica, CW Mundy, Sivananda Nyayapathi, Teresa Oaxaca, Brooke Olivares, Mantas Poderys, Gustavo Ramos, Pegah Samaie, Mark Sapsaev, Stephen Schirle, Nathan Seay, Nathaniel Skousen, David Tanner, James Tennison, Lauren Tilden, Dongsheng Wang, Benkui Wang, Wenbin Wang, Jennifer Welty, Ernest Wood, Lin Yang, Jin Yuguo, Xu Zhang, Jun Zhang, and Hong Zhang
Kudos to you all!


Aron Belka (New Orleans, Louisiana, USA)
Clifton Faust
48 x 48 in.

Casey Childs (Pleasant Grove, Utah, USA)
Youthful Decadence
34.5 x 60 in.

Ellen Cooper (Media, Pennsylvania, USA)
32 x 26 in.

Seth Haverkamp (Norris, Tennessee, USA)
Mars Rising
60 x 44 in.

Michael Hall (Provo, Utah, USA)
The Night Before the “I Have a Dream” Speech: Martin Luther King Jr.
18.5 x 8.5 x 14.25 in.
Clay for bronze

Jeff Hein (Salt Lake City, Utah, USA)
20 x 16 in.

Quang Ho (Denver, Colorado, USA)
The Farmhand (Noelle)
36 x 24 in.

Pramod Kurlekar (Vasai, Maharashtra, India)
43 × 32 in.

Joshua LaRock (Raleigh, North Carolina, USA)
Midshipman, US Naval Academy
42 x 30 in.

Erin McCarthy (Revere, Massachusetts, USA)
Simple Man
17 x 8 x 8 in.

Sookyi Lee (Singapore)
White Gown
16 x 11 in.
Charcoal on toned paper

Carol Peebles (New Orleans, Louisiana, USA)
Gigi At 13
23 x 18 in.

Aapo Pukk (Saue, Estonia)
Estonian Cello Player Peeter Paemurru
41 x 30 in.

Mark Pugh (Pleasant Grove, Utah, USA)
Mother’s Song
27 x 48 in.

Mary Qian (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
40 x 30 in.

Timothy Rees (Mesa, Arizona, USA)
The Bribe
57 x 48 in.

Mardie Rees (Gig Harbor, Washington, USA)
16.75 x 8 x 4.75 in.
Kiln cast glass

Lorena Selim (Annandale, Virginia, USA)
31 x 25 in.

Katherine Stone (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
Childish Things
24 x 28 in.

Oliver Sin (San Francisco, California, USA)
17 x 14 in.
Vine charcoal

Alex Venezia (Cary, North Carolina, USA)
20 x 16 in.

Amy Werntz (Dallas, Texas, USA)
14.875 x 23.375 in.

Susan Wakeen (Litchfield, Connecticut, USA)
18 x 8.5 x 8 in.
Clay for Bronze

Ming Yu (Chaoyang District, Beijing, China)
The Shepherd’s Song
50.7 x 62.4 in.

One comment


    Congratulations, all! It makes my heart to sing to see that art is not dead! I am usually disappointed to see crummy art being rewarded. So.kudos to the judges as well. Happy painting!

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