The 3rd edition of the International Painting Competition of the Three Bridges Foundation just ended. This year the commission, which included:
Dr Monika Shaded (Head of the Jury)
Professor Andrzej Bednarczyk
Professor Józef Walczak
awarded three prizes and admited diploma of distinction:
I PLACE and money award in the amount of PLN 14,000
“Boy from Aleppo”,
oil and acrylic on canvas, 150×100, 2017, Lithuania / Lithuania
II PLACE and money award in the amount of PLN 10,000
“Portrait of a woman 02”
Oil on plexi 120×70, 2017, Polska / Poland
III PLACE and money award in the amount of PLN 6,000
GIERLAK ŁUKASZ (triptych)
“Ritual I”, oil on canvas, 140×40, 2016, Poland
“Ritual II”, oil on canvas, 140×40, 2016, Poland
“Ritual III”, oil on canvas, 140×40, 2016, Poland
and Diploma of Distinction
“Fan of bands having once played fucking great black / death metal, but later electro / gothic.”Oil on canvas, 70×40, 2017, Poland
Briefly about the very idea of the competition. The mission of the International Painting Competition of the Three Bridges Foundation is to support and promote the work of painters from Poland and abroad. The competition format is open – which means that all artistic themes and painting techniques are accepted. Also, artists who are citizens of the Polish Republic, Belarus, Ukraine, Russia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Moldova, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Serbia, Monte-negro, Albania, the Republic of Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia could apply. The only limitation was the time of creation. We have asked for submission of works from the last three years.
This year we received 630 applications, out of which we selected 54 nominees and then 24. It was an extremely difficult task for us however at the same time we were unusual satisfy to watch paintings which level was so high.
The competition is a kind of confrontational platform for creative attitudes of artists from the aforementioned countries. This diversity of presented paintings, both in terms of form and content, shows an interesting relationship of work with the iconosphere of place and time. At the same time, the competition presents what bothers painters in the context of the surrounding reality. At the same time, they give the viewers inspiration for a new look at the world. According to Janusz Marciniak,: “Paintings have the power to change those who look at them and through them changing the world.”
The exhibition of works of the finalists of the International Painting Competition will be further presented in April this year in the Gallery (Promocji i Malarstwa) at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow. Also in this edition we will have a printed catalog with reproductions of 23 paintings.
Finally, we would like to congratulate all the finalists of the International Painting Competition. Being in the group of these 23 people selected from 630 applications is a great honor and a big victory.
At this point we would like to wish all participants further successes in their artistic path.