2009 Next Star Artist Competition – artmarketblog.com

2009 Next Star Artist Competition – artmarketblog.com

Herb Williams in his studio

Herb Williams in his studio

I have received lots of emails asking whether there will be a 2009 Next Star Artist competition so I thought it was about time to announce that YES, there will be a 2009 Next Star Artist Competition. After the success of the 2008 competition I couldn’t not run the competition again this year so if you didn’t get the chance to enter last year then 2009 could be your year !!! Due to my current work load the launch date for the 2009 competition will be in May as opposed to the March launch date of the 2008 competition.

The 2008 competition unearthed a true star artist in Herb Williams (http://www.herbwilliamsart.com) whose career has continued to take leaps and bounds since winning the first ever Next Star Artist competition. Williams’ work has received plenty of attention of late with tv appearances, newspaper articles and a spot in the Washington DC Obama Inauguration exhibition at MANIFESTHOPE:DC Gallery which was held during the inauguration in January. For those of you who are fans of the All American Rejects you might like to have a look at the cover of their latest album “When The World Comes Down” (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001H9JBF8). Look familiar?, it should, it’s a Herb Williams creation.

If you think you you have what it takes to follow in Herb Williams’ footsteps and become the 2009 Next Star Artist then start preparing your entry. There are also plenty of opportunities for art related companies to sponsor the 2009 competition and receive some significant art world exposure. Anyone interested in sponsoring the 2009 Next Star Artist competition can contact me via the contact form on my blog.

Entry details as well as the terms and conditions will be posted shortly so stay tuned for more exciting information regarding the 2009 Next Star Artist competition and keep an eye out for the new website !!

**Nicholas Forrest is an art market analyst, art critic and journalist based in Sydney, Australia. He is the founder of http://www.artmarketblog.com, writes the art column for the magazine Antiques and Collectibles for Pleasure and Profit and contributes to many other publications.

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Herb Williams at Obama Inauguration Exhibition – artmarketblog.com

Herb Williams at Obama Inauguration Exhibition – artmarketblog.com

obamaHerb Williams, the winner of the inaugural Next Star Artist competition run by the Art Market Blog, has been chosen to take part in the MANIFEST HOPE: DC gallery exhibition that is being held in Washington to celebrate Obama’s victory.  A range of awesome artworks  by some of America’s most talented visual artists will be on show at the MANIFEST HOPE: DC Gallery in Washington from the 17th to the 19th of January.  All the works being exhibited . You may remember the now iconic “Progress” image of Obama created by the world renowned graffiti and urban artist Shepard Fairey. As one of the partners of the exhibition, Shepard Fairey will be one of the artist’s whose work will be exhibited at the exhibition. According to the Manifest Hope: DC website “Art plays a pivotal role in creating cultural momentum. The MANIFEST HOPE: DC Gallery celebrates that role and shines a spotlight on artists who use their voices to amplify and motivate the grassroots movement that carried President-Elect Barack Obama to victory. MANIFEST HOPE: DC gathers together a diverse array of the nation’s most talented visual artists under one roof to mark this monumental achievement in our nation’s history and encourages artists and activists to maintain the momentum to bring about true change in the United States.”

More information on the exhibition can be found here:
http://manifesthope.com/about.html

MANIFEST HOPE: DC are also running an art competition which awards the winners a place in the exhibition. Members of the public are invited to submit a work of art that deals with either Health Care Reform, Workers’ Rights or The Green Economy. Five works from each category (fifteen in total) will be chosen to shown as part of the MANIFEST HOPE: DC Obama exhibition. Entries close on the 9th of January so you had better get creating if you want to enter. More info can be found here:
http://manifesthope.com/contest.html

I would like to congratulate Herb Williams and all the other artists who have been chosen to be part of this fantastic exhibition. I hope that lots of people take the time to check out what promises to be an awesome display of artistic talent as well as a thought provoking and emotive experience.

The MANIFEST HOPE: DC Gallery will be open to the public in Washington, DC for the days preceding the Presidential Inauguration, Saturday, January 17th, 2009 through Monday, January 19th, 2009 between the hours of 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM.
MANIFESTHOPE: DC
January 17th-19th, 2009
10:00am – 6:00pm 3333 M Street NW, Washington DC 20007

**Nicholas Forrest is an art market analyst, art critic and journalist based in Sydney, Australia. He is the founder of http://www.artmarketblog.com, writes the art column for the magazine Antiques and Collectibles for Pleasure and Profit and contributes to many other publications.

Next Star Artist Update November 08 – artmarketblog.com

Next Star Artist Update November 08 – artmarketblog.com

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It’s been a while since I posted an update on Herb Williams who won the inaugural Next Star Artist competition so here’s the latest goss. The most exciting news is that Herb was chosen to create the album cover for the mega popular rock band The All American Rejects (http://www.allamericanrejects.com) who have just released their latest album titled “When the World Comes Down” which is to be released on the 16th of December. For the cover (see image), Herb really stepped up and created what I think is an absolutely astonishing and extremely evocative image that uses the crayon in ways that I never would have imagined it could be used. Herb’s use of fire and melting crayon is really effective and extremely innovative as well as being just plain cool.

herb-williams-exhibition1Herb’s work is currently being exhibited at the The Rymer Gallery in Nashville Tennesee as part of the galleries current exhibition called “Colour is Relative” which runs from the 1st to the 29th of November.
You can see the works by Herb Williams that are being exhibited here:
http://www.therymergallery.com/gallery/?id=22
The website metromix.com featured a selection of photos from the opening reception for the exhibition which can be viewed here:
http://nashville.metromix.com/events/photogallery/flashed-herb-williams-art/782272/photo/782267
According to metromix.com “Artist Herb Williams, Tonia Trotter and Neil Ward show off Herb’s colorful shoe art made completely of crayons. Herb, the curator of the Rymer Gallery downtown, showed several pieces to collectors in Pink Slip, the hotel’s bar.” (see image)
The Rymer Gallery is located at 233 Fifth Avenue North Nashville, TN 37219 (http://www.therymergallery.com)

herb-williams-uniteEven more exciting is the print that Herb has produced of the amazing portrait that he recently completed of President-Elect Barack Obama to celebrate the momentous victory. If you would like to get your hands on one of these awesome prints you can bid on a signed copy currently being auctioned on ebay by Herb. This is a signed print of the original portrait of President-Elect Barack Obama, that Artist Herb Williams constructed from over 50,000 crayons. The portrait is based on a photo that famous portrait photographer Richard Avedon took during the ’04 Democratic convention, where Obama gave his infamous, “red and blue states” speech. The archival print is mint, 20″ x 16″, and signed in pencil with the artist’s name in the lower right hand corner. You can view a short segment where NBC interviewed Herb and featured the original here: http://digg.com/arts_culture/Obama_Portrait_In_Thousands_of_Crayons?OTC-em-st1. You may also view more of Herb’s original works in crayons here: http://www.herbwilliamsart.com. Herb was just awarded the Next Star Artist award ’08, and did the album cover artwork and cd artwork for the new All-American Rejects album, “When The World Comes Down”, to be released December 16th. This signed copy of the print is currently being auctioned by Herb on ebay which you can bid on here:
http://cgi.ebay.com/Obama-Signed-Orig.-Print-by-Crayon-Artist-Herb-Williams_W0QQitemZ200281046035QQcmdZViewItemQQimsxZ20081127?IMSfp=TL081127112006r25610

**Nicholas Forrest is an art market analyst, art critic and journalist based in Sydney, Australia. He is the founder of http://www.artmarketblog.com, writes the art column for the magazine Antiques and Collectibles for Pleasure and Profit and contributes to many other publications.