Is there really anything new to explore in the category of portraits? OH YES! This collection of brilliant writing and visual art proves it. Enjoy the full collection in the colourful and inspiring pages of ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal.

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

Silver Artist of the 2019 Portraits call, Mike T Cherry

Mike T Cherry

Silver Artist of the 2019 Portraits call, Mike T Cherry

Fine art and photography have been in complicated relations since the latter’s invention. First, photographers followed the language of painting, but after the spread of technology, the situation has changed. Mike T Cherry’s art evidences the influence of photography on artistic practices. Mike’s creative manner is rooted in the principles of hyperrealism, a style that evolved back in the 1970s.

Mike T Cherry is the Silver 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://miketcherry.com

Bronze Artist of the 2019 Portraits call, Nozomi Hasegawa

Nozomi Hasegawa

Bronze Artist of the 2019 Portraits call, Nozomi Hasegawa

In her series of striking shellac-on-paper compositions, artist Nozomi Hasegawa pushes the boundaries of the meaning of a portrayal by emphasizing the passage of time and the transience of the image. Building this series from the notion that the portrait is often defined as an enduring likeness of a subject or model, Nozomi breaks from the strictures of such a definition by creating portraits that are, in essence, ethereal.

Nozomi Hasegawa is the Bronze 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.nozomihasegawa.de/

Distinguished Artist of the 2019 Portraits call

Kayla Louise Cauthen

Distinguished Artist of the 2019 Portraits call

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Distinguished Artist of the 2019 Portraits call

Leah Dockrill

Distinguished Artist of the 2019 Portraits call

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www.leahdockrill.net

2020 Portraits Distinguished Writer

Natalie Beisner

Woman Home

I want to carry her body. By her legs and her hands. I want to step inside her and feel around, ultra-alert to all her aches and pains, and what they might mean. Like a parent toward a child who is growing up too damn fast. …

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www.thisisnotalie.com

Distinguished Artist of the 2019 Portraits call

Boris Garanger

Distinguished Artist of the 2019 Portraits call

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www.borisgaranger.fr

Distinguished Artist of the 2019 Portraits call

Krystal Gomez

Distinguished Artist of the 2019 Portraits call

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https://kdgart.com

2020 Portraits Distinguished Writer

Ginny Short

Still Life with Pioneer Mather

Your smile frames an air of sophistication–
Hat deftly perched on hair trying to escape its braids
Shawl cascading over one arm
Your baby girl with tiny black boots kicking joy…</]…

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www.ginnyshort.com

Distinguished Artist of the 2019 Portraits call

Rashad Ali Muhammad

Distinguished Artist of the 2019 Portraits call

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https://ramcreates.com

Distinguished Artist of the 2019 Portraits call

Erin Graboski

Distinguished Artist of the 2019 Portraits call

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Distinguished Artist of the 2019 Portraits call

Wesley Bell-Miller

Distinguished Artist of the 2019 Portraits call

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https://wesleymiller.weebly.com

2020 Portraits Distinguished Writer

Yvette Young

Portrait of Myself

I was born in Kenya in 1952. The weather was torrid, and I was the third child. I had two older brothers and was to go on to have two younger sisters. Our house was fine, on the outskirts of Nairobi. I had a verandah, and the ground was dirt brown…

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Distinguished Artist of the 2019 Portraits call

AraDona

Distinguished Artist of the 2019 Portraits call

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http://Aradona.com

Distinguished Artist of the 2019 Portraits call

Rachel Whiting

Distinguished Artist of the 2019 Portraits call

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2020 Portraits Distinguished Writer

Rober Iulo

A Photo of Some Italian Women

As I moved an old family album from one shelf to another, a photo slipped out. I was familiar with it and remembered when it was taken on Mott near Prince Street. That was the heart of Little Italy in the 1960s. There they were—the ladies of my old neighborhood…

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https://robertiulo.naiwe.com/

Distinguished Artist of the 2019 Portraits call

Vasu Tolia

Distinguished Artist of the 2019 Portraits call

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www.vasutolia.com

Distinguished Artist of the 2019 Portraits call

Tomer Peretz

Distinguished Artist of the 2019 Portraits call

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Distinguished Artist of the 2019 Portraits call

Stacy McBride

Distinguished Artist of the 2019 Portraits call

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