2016 AMERICAN ART AWARDS WINNING ARTISTS FOR CATEGORY 3. WATERCOLOR – HUMAN FIGURE:
1ST PLACE: SÉBASTIEN LEBEAUT, FRANCE, www.sebastien-lebeaut.book.fr, “Rain Angel” 70 x 52cm Watercolor on paper.
2ND PLACE: GILLES DURAND, FRANCE, www.gillesdurand.com, “Leo” 15.75 x 19.7″ Watercolor on paper.
3RD PLACE: GILLES DURAND, FRANCE, www.gillesdurand.com, “Bringing Water Home, AÏt Ben Haddou, Morocco” 14 x 20″ Watercolor.
4TH PLACE: GILLES DURAND, FRANCE, www.gillesdurand.com, “Reggae Legend Bronco Knowledge” 21.25 x 15″ Watercolor.
5TH PLACE: GILLES DURAND, FRANCE, www.gillesdurand.com, “Old Timer” 12.7 x 16.5″ Watercolor on paper.
6TH PLACE: ANN STRINGER-PAGET, UK, www.annstringerpaget.com, “Auto Union D Type l” 10 x 14″ Watercolor.
This year the American Art Awards (www.AmericanArtAwards.com) had winners from 40 countries including Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, England, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iran, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, UK, USA, and Wales.
In a series of 50+ news releases expanding into November, HollywoodAlert.com will reveal the 1st to 6th Place winning images in the 50 categories for the 2016 American Art Awards, decided by the 25 Best Galleries In The USA.
I interviewed president of www.AmericanArtAwards.com, Thom Bierdz, known globally for his portrayal of Phillip Chancellor III on The Young & The Restless and his BLUE X paintings ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrC7kDjRQzE ), and asked which artists this year won the WATERCOLOR – HUMAN FIGURE category.
Bierdz explained, “Sebastien Lebeaut has a very distinct, and highly collected, style. The French artist took 1st Place. Another French artist, Gilles Durand, won 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Place in this category! Durand has the quintessential commercial watercolor style, and the 25 voting galleries certainly responded well to it. Completing the winners group was Ann Stringer-Paget from the UK, a very successful artist who has won previous American Art Awards.”
1ST PLACE WINNER SÉBASTIEN LEBEAUT:
Sébastien Lebeaut was born in a family of artists (actors, directors and painters). He grew up between art exhibitions, as well as theatre and cinema stages, where he enjoyed a successful career as a child actor. He learnt drawing and painting thanks to the tutoring of his grandfather, a former first prize of the Beaux-Arts Academy of Paris. Before he turned eighteen, he launched his career as an illustrator for various major editors, periodic reviews and even a few attempts in comics companies. In the same time he attended and succeeded in a film school academy. He directed a bunch of short films where he developed his unique artistic and vision. His two passions: painting and writing poetry shall bloom through his personal and spiritual path. Among the experiences that shall assert his own way of depicting the essence of matter and soul, he explored the labyrinth of subconscious via lucid dreaming. His journeys are told in references works as he agreed to take part in scientific experimentations.
During this period, Sebastien’s peerless talent was often acclaimed for books and CD’s covers, posters, logos but also sculptures for private companies as well as on official events (The French Ministry of Youth and Sports or the historical famous academy of the Collège de France). Doing so, he explored many of ways to express his aesthetic senses, such as sculpture, videos and combined arts.
1990: as an accomplished creator, he participated in various art exhibitions in Paris, Lyon, Rennes, and other main art market places. His ink-pen/paper, calligraphic works, chalk pastel drawings and oil painting on canvas did not go unnoticed and naturally led to exhibitions dedicated to him and him alone. Among the most renowned: Galerie Wagram, Galerie Moka, Ateliers Saint Thomas. In this last place, a permanent exhibit of portraits in half antic and half contemporary treatment (mixing oil, watercolor, engraving and sculpture). Another permanent exhibit is dedicated to his work « Les Pères de Nos Pères » (« Fathers of Our Fathers ») a soul journey though oil, inspired by the serene harmony of antique statuary.
Sebastien Lebeaut was honored with prizes in many local art festivals, thanks to his oil on canvas studies of body moves, described as « a unique search of syncretism midway between abstraction and calligraphy ». The « Odyssey » was one of his major exhibit in London at the Art’amis gallery (large size oil on canvas, inspired by Homer’s narrative) The cinema industry turned to him to produce very large size of abstract painting, used as the main setting in Yann Samuell’s feature film « With love from the age of reason ». He opened successfully many art galleries in fine art hubs across France, before heading back to his grandfather’s artist’s studio in Burgundy. Living a modest life only aimed at creativity, there he finds inspiration among the wilderness of dazzling landscape.
Sebastien Lebeaut has a pool of customers soliciting him with portraits and visionary works. In the meantime he nurses his next major opus: a couple of compilations of his poems and short stories. Recently he extended his skills by working collaboratively with a master glassworker: Together they conceive stunning stained-glass windows, glass furniture and decorative objects, adding the density of light to his already amazing rich painter’s palette. His latest work was a series of portraits of Sarah Bernardht, climax of a retrospective of the life and work of the mythic tragic actress.
Sebastien Lebeaut follows a path that is only motivated by his desire and passion for truth through art.
SEE MORE OF SÉBASTIEN LEBEAUT’S WORK HERE: www.sebastien-lebeaut.book.fr