The artists and writers selected as ArtAscent Gold from ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal issues.

Gold Artist of the 2021 Portraits call for artists.

Brian McClear

Gold Artist of the 2021 Portraits call for artists.

Brian McClear’s portraits seem like a planned snapshot. Even if the depicted individual is posing, it still feels like they are caught in a moment. Some eyes look at the viewer directly, who might feel observed. Therefore the painting is reversing the situation, and suddenly the observer is the one being looked at. They create a private moment of exchange, an exchange of life stories.

Brian McClear is the Gold Artist of the ArtAscent Portraits call for artists. To see the full body of work and profile, get a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal Portraits issue.

https://www.mcclearart.com/

Gold Writer of the 2021 Portraits call for writers.

B. Fulton Jennes

Mr. Byrd

wore an eye patch to cover the black hole
left when a big buck careened over the hood
of his car one morning, its skull smashing
the windshield, its antlers gouging his eyeball…

The childhood memories are often vague, almost faded, as old photos in one’s family album. And yet, B. Fulton Jennes’s poetry demonstrates, they occur to be those tiny puzzles, which construct our identity and nourish our imagination as we grew up.

B. Fulton Jennes is the Gold Writer of the ArtAscent Portraits call for writers. To see the full body of work and profile, get a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal Portraits issue.

ArtAscent Gold Artist of the 2020 Animals call for artists.

Mark Edward Harris

ArtAscent Gold Artist of the 2020 Animals call for artists.

Mark Edward Harris began his professional photography career by photographic guests on the Merv Griffin Show. When the show ended in 1986, he embarked on a four-month voyage across the South Pacific and Asia to build a documentary/travel portfolio. The resulting images brought international attention for the first time to the now acclaimed award-winning photographer.

Mark Edward Harris is the Gold Artist of the ArtAscent Animals call for artists. To see the full body of work and profile, get a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal Animals issue.

www.MarkEdwardHarris.com

Gold Writer of the 2020 Animals exhibition

Christopher O’Meara

Tusk

Just beyond an imposing iron gate and a thicket of cascading willows, there existed an Eden of endless amusement known as Wimborne Manor.
It was there, on acres of lush emerald grass, where I grew up, running, playing croquet, rolling down fields blanketed in buttercups, and chasing fountain koi with fallen twigs…

In Christopher’s story of the Tusk, taxidermy is used to conjure up a whole world of the privileged way of life in which the main character lived until the age of 16. The scene from his father’s office, which abounds in stuffed, wall-mounted animals, is the moment in which the hero himself encounters the essence of privileged origin, which is far from the life he lives in the present.

Christopher O’Meara is the Gold Writer of the ArtAscent Animals call for writers. To see the full body of work and profile, get a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal Animals issue.

www.christopheromeara.com

Gold Artist of the 2020 Isolation call for entry

David Ondrik

Gold Artist of the 2020 Isolation call for entry

As the pandemic situation continues to affect the world, we find ourselves in a contradictory situation, where the ‘outer’ processes develop unimaginably quick, while our inner pace has slowed down significantly. David Ondrik’s photographs meditate on the challenges of self-isolation.

David Ondrik is the Gold Artist of the ArtAscent Isolation call for artists. To see the full body of work and profile, get a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal Isolation issue.

www.davidondrik.com

Gold Writer of the 2020 Isolation call for entry

Krystle Vermes

The Town and The City

As soon as she saw the first snowflake land on her coat, she knew she had to seek shelter. It would start coming down heavily soon, and she was lost.

Completely, utterly lost

The brick pathway had frozen over well before the sun went down, so she trod carefully, avoiding eye contact with other pedestrians along the way…

Krystle Vermes is a writer whose work is deeply entrenched in memory, emotion, connectivity, and reflection. With a background in journalism and copyediting, Vermes has recently begun to explore creative writing as a means of exploring past experiences.

Krystle Vermes is the Gold Writer of the ArtAscent Isolation call for writers. To see the full body of work and profile, get a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal Isolation issue.

www.krystlevermes.com

ArtAscent Gold Artist of the 2020 Abstract call for artists.

Shelley Hakonson

ArtAscent Gold Artist of the 2020 Abstract call for artists.

When it comes to modern art, viewers often struggle to connect to its principles, believing it to be far-fetched and detached from reality. Yet, abstract artists like Shelley Hakonson, demonstrate that representing reality isn’t about copying it, but researching the multitudes of its essense.

Shelley Hakonson is the Gold Artist of the ArtAscent Abstract call for artists. To see the full body of work and profile, get a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal Abstract issue.

Gold writer of the 2020 ArtAscent Abstract exhibition

Beatrix Koch

Alice’s Adventure in Geometry Land

I had a dream

The most confusing, scary, and surreal dream.

In my dream, I was little, as small as a tiny pencil point. The place where I lived seemed a big universe with lines, points and circles. I felt like a mouse in a trap, but this trap was anything just not an exactly defined place…

The stories of Beatrix Koch are often quirky, examine unusual feelings, and explore the world with a specific focus on fears, desires, or hidden motives. The texts are always relevant and shaped towards providing the readers with a sense of déjà vu.

Beatrix Koch is the Gold Writer of the ArtAscent Abstract call for writers. To see the full body of work and profile, get a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal Abstract issue.

https://www.beatrixkochbooks.com/

Gold artist of the 2020 Sensuality call

Sydney Paige Richardson

Gold artist of the 2020 Sensuality call

Philosopher and poet Henry David Thoreau wrote, “We are all sculptors and painters, and our material is our own flesh and blood and bone.” Artists like Sydney Paige Richardson seek to hear and render the stories told through the plasticity of bodies. “Story” is a crucial word for understanding Sydney’s visual practice. Combining her passion for photography with a profound interest in writing, she looks for ways to enrich the formal harmony of an image with additional meanings.

Sydney Paige Richardson is the Gold Artist of the ArtAscent Sensuality call for artists. To see the full body of work and profile, get a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal Sensuality issue.

www.sydneypaigerichardson.com

Gold writer of the 2020 Sensuality collection

Leah Holbrook Sackett

Spooning

Lillian and Marvin were married for 35 fruitless years.
“It’s not like nowadays where women take drugs like cocktails and voila, twins or triplets or, heaven forbid, more,” Lillian bemoaned to Stan in June.
“In the ‘70s, you still did things the old fashion way; by time fertility clinics came on the scene. Marvin said we were too settled in our ways to add kids to the picture…

In her captivating vignette, “Spooning,” author Leah Holbrook Sackett lets her reader in on a life gone wrong and the main character lost on a journey to make sense of it all. The inspiration for this piece developed following Leah’s discovery in her own kitchen of a rogue spoon. The spoon was mismatched to any set, yet was a favourite among the utensils stashed in the drawer. This facet becomes a key hinge of the story she tells and raised intriguing questions in itself to the things that we cherish in life.

Leah Holbrook Sackett is the Gold Writer of the ArtAscent Sensuality call for writers. To see the full body of work and profile, get a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal Sensuality issue.

www.leaholbrooksackett.com/

Lee Lessem, ArtAscent Gold Artist of the Grey call for artists.

Lee Lessem

Lee Lessem, ArtAscent Gold Artist of the Grey call for artists.

Gerhard Richter, a celebrated German artist, believed grey is “equivalent for indifference, non-commitment, absence of opinion, absence of shape.” But Lee Lessem takes an opposite approach to the colour, trying to prove it to be fully charged with emotions and presence. A curious fact is that grey became extremely popular among Russian aristocracy in the 19th century.

Lee Lessem is the Gold Artist of the ArtAscent Grey call for artists. To see the full body of work and profile, get a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal Grey issue.

Gold writer of the 2020 Grey call for writers

Leena Nox

Her Coat of Red Roses

When I open my eyes, the world is grey. Just as it was
yesterday and the day before that day and the day
before that. It’s like I’m trapped in one of those old
black and white films, except the credits never roll…

In the brief yet explosive Her Coat of Red Roses, author Leena Nox takes her readers on a tantalizing trip into the mind of her main character and the contrasts of colour that guides that character’s life. Setting the stage for her reader in a world dominated by grey, Leena is able to compellingly use the colours of her writing to carry the narrative of her striking vignette forward.

Leena Nox is the Gold Writer of the ArtAscent Grey call for writers. To see the full body of work and profile, get a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal Grey issue.

Gold Artist of the 2019 Portraits call, Christine Columbo

Christine Columbo

Gold Artist of the 2019 Portraits call, Christine Columbo

Portraiture is based on subtle connections between a model and its representation. British painter Lucian Freud once said, I would wish my portraits to be of the people, not like them.” Christine Columbo embraces this challenge with the empathic approach. It takes more than a talent for capturing something from nature to create an authentic, profound piece.

Christine Columbo is the Gold Artist of the ArtAscent Portraits call for artists. To see the full body of work and profile, get a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal Portraits issue.

https://christinecolumbo.com

2020 Portraits Gold Writer

Maria D Peregolise

God My Father: A Portrait of Divinity

“A learned man is an idler who kills time with study. Beware of his false knowledge: it is more dangerous than ignorance,” George Bernard Shaw, 1905 (Shaw, 1905)
“Just trust me”
I hated those words from my Father, along with an abrupt hand gesture that always made me flinch…

In God My Father: A Portrait of Divinity, author Maria Peregolise explores the tensions of obedience and defiance in the face of an omnipresent force and tantalizes the reader with the powerful portrait of faith she portrays. In exploring this striking theme, Maria recalls the relatable experiences in childhood when the intense pressures and overwhelming desires for acceptance and independence muddy much of our understanding of the world around us.

Maria D Peregolise is the Gold Writer of the ArtAscent Portraits call for writers. To see the full body of work and profile, get a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal Portraits issue.

https://www.cultedchild.com

Motion exhibition Gold artist

Gerald Alderman

Motion exhibition Gold artist

Exploring motion is one of the most significant challenges for visual arts. Thanks to its documenting power, photography approaches the hypnotizing synthesis of spatial and time dimensions, giving the artists like Gerald Alderman a tool for capturing all sides of the human experience.

Gerald Alderman is the Gold Artist of the ArtAscent Motion call for artists. To see the full body of work and profile, get a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal Motion issue.

Motion exhibit Gold Writer

Susan Nickerson

Exit 60

The first thing I noticed was his filthy pair of jeans. They’d been worn so often they could have stood on their own and walked. Old and tattered, holes in both knees, it was hard to imagine they once were blue. Inside them lived a homeless man, who clutches a simple cardboard sign that read, “Will Work.” His long graying hair stuck to his rugged face, his head was hanging heavy from the obvious weight of the world and a half-empty bottle of rot-gut gin…

In Exit 60, author Susan Nickerson brilliantly probes the profound personal challenges of love and loss. In doing so, she reveals for her reader the gripping challenge of trying to move forward when emotions and memories keep us motionless instead.

Susan Nickerson is the Gold Writer of the ArtAscent Motion call for writers. To see the full body of work and profile, get a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal Motion issue.

Gold Artist of the 2019 "Water" art exhibition

Tal Eshed

Gold Artist of the 2019 "Water" art exhibition

Since the beginning of modern history, there has been a sense that humanity is drifting away from our wild roots. For the artist Tal Eshed, it is water that could allow us to re-establish the lost connection with our natural selves.

Tal Eshed is the Gold Artist of the ArtAscent Water call for artists. To see the full body of work and profile, get a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal Water issue.

www.taleshed.com

Gold Writer of the 2019 Water call for writers

Taria Karillion

Planet Earth Will Soon Be Closing, Please Make Your Final Choices

The view of Earth from orbit always made Professor Verle Coby profoundly sad. In its derelict state, the sparse web of clouds that clung to its blue and brown surface reminded him of the Earth story of the elderly human who lived in her shabby, tattered wedding dress. The passengers were watching the time-lapse holo-ad of the planet’s history and ingesting the press-out pizza and bubble-gum discs from the guidebook…

Exploring a dystopian future as a means to remind her reader the time is now for action, writer Taria Karillion conjures the pain of lost existence in Planet Earth Will Soon be Closing, Please Make Your Final Choices

Taria Karillion is the Gold Writer of the ArtAscent Water call for writers. To see the full body of work and profile, get a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal Water issue.

ArtAscent Gold Artist of the White call for artists.

Leslie Carpenter-Holt

ArtAscent Gold Artist of the White call for artists.

The very first (and perhaps most banal) association with white that pops into one’s mind is snow. Thus, sometimes this color gets a slightly melancholic flavor. However, photographs of Leslie Carpenter-Holt challenge the stereotypical association of winter with a cold void.

Leslie Carpenter-Holt is the Gold Artist of the ArtAscent White call for artists. To see the full body of work and profile, get a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal White issue.

Gold Writer of the 2019 ArtAscent White call for writers.

Manny Veiga

Getting Away With It

I’m wearing green-tinted sunglasses as I shove my way through the crowded square. It makes the world around me look even hotter than it feels. The crowd is a hornet’s nest of flailing arms and shaking fists. It’s not just the heat that has people stirred up…

In Getting Away With It, author Manny Veiga brings to life a complex, colourful character who reveals as much as he obscures and leaves the reader poised for the next chapter in a brief yet compelling episode.

Manny Veiga is the Gold Writer of the ArtAscent White call for writers. To see the full body of work and profile, get a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal White issue.

https://zmveiga.wordpress.com/