Janne Kearney’s painting ‘Me too’, wins top American Art Prize

Posted 15 March 2018

Geelong Artist Janne Kearney has been recognised amongst the world’s best realist painters.

The ARC is the most important realist painting prize in the US and the Americas, the 2018, 13th Annual ARC Salon had over 3,750 entries from 69 countries.

Fashion Week San Diego Award (FWSD), is an award where FWSD designers will be matched with the 7 winning artists’ work, the designers will create an original couture outfit and look inspired by the work of art. Kearney’s winning work along with the specially designed garments will be on display with live models at the October 12th FWSD18 opening night and remain on exhibition paired with the couture creations.

For the opening night event, FWSD and ARC will hold a panel discussion to discuss the works with the artists and their partnership. In addition, that evening guests/attendees will be able to “vote” for their favourite piece and pairing. Winners will be announced the following day and additional awards will be given to the “team”/”individual” at that time.

Painting of Teah Raeburn

Kearney’s model for her painting is of local girl Teah Raeburn, Teah has featured in many of Kearney’s paintings including her work titled (86) in which it was selected as a finalist in the prestigious BP Portrait Prize, selected from over 2500 entries from 90 countries. It was hung in the London National Portrait Gallery, and then toured 4 major UK galleries for 12 months. Kearney has been a finalist in over 70 prestigious national and international Art Prizes.

The ARC Salon Exhibition will be on view at the Salmagundi Club47 Fifth Ave., New York, NY from September 21st—October 2nd, 2018 with the public opening event on Saturday, September 22nd from 11am to 3pm. Entry is free. The show will then travel to the MEAM Museum, Barcelona, Spain from February 8th—March 31st, 2019, with the opening event and award ceremony starting at 7pm on February 8th.

Kearney is quickly becoming part of an international elite set of artists. Where the trajectory is going to go to from here is anyone’s guess, but with the eyes of the world sharply focussed on her, anything is possible.

The award means unprecedented opportunities and recognition on the international stage. It gives the ability for portrait artist’s work that may have been formerly unseen to be appreciated by hundreds of thousands of people across the US and Barcelona. Additionally, online exposure that globally reaches countless millions, the Arc Salon and FWSA showcases the very best in realism, free of the celebrity pushes and popularity base behind some of the Art world’s other big prizes.

“Winning such an elite globally recognised art award is proof that anyone can do anything if they work hard enough for it! Not starting my painting career until my 40’s, and being largely self-taught with no formal arts education, I felt compelled to work harder. I knew it would take me around 10 years to fully develop my skills and that I had no time to waste.” Janne Kearney

Contacts: Janne Kearney is represented in Australia by:  Claire Harris, FLINDERS LANE GALLERY

137 FLINDERS LANE MELBOURNE VIC 3000  WWW.FLG.COM.AU  0403 225 386, 03 96543332

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