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Winter 2015 Competition:


art that pushes boundaries and expands our perception

of love and sex in the 21st century

1st Place Winner

Medium:  oil on linen
Size:  28 x 22 in
Price: 1700. usd

artist statement

My paintings, which I would call imaginative realism and/or surrealism, usually depict women juxtaposed with images from nature and dreams. I seek to produce interesting, thought-provoking, and beautiful paintings that have meaning to me, but also hope the viewer can find personal significance in them as well.  Equally important is the continuous improvement of my skills and technique with each new painting.

My artistic influences include many painters -  great artists from the past, like Michelangelo, da Vinci, Dali, van Gogh, and Magritte, to contemporary painters such as Nicola Verlato, Olivia, Richard Corben, and Frank Frazetta, among others.  I paint with oils, usually on stretched linen, and almost always work from my studio with a combination of natural and artificial light. 

artist bio

I have enjoyed drawing and painting for as long as I can remember. This passion has resulted in me working as an illustrator, commercial artist, and graphic designer for most of his life. I designed and produced a wide variety of commercial art, illustrations, and graphic design for both corporate and government clients. More recently I managed the graphic design/visual communication departments of a national training center and of the headquarters external affairs office of a major federal agency in Washington, D.C. 

I have an MA degree from the University of Colorado and a BA from Metropolitan University of Denver. Today I work as a full-time fine artist.

 other work by the artist

Troy Bunch

troy bunch
Washington, DC [USA] 

art scene today Q & A

Q: Where do you see yourself in the art scene today?
A:  I see myself trying to create art that actually makes a unique statement in today’s art scene.  There are so many good artists doing so much innovative and creative work, it becomes a real challenge to separate one’s self from the crowd.  With continued hard work and I hope to do just that.
Q: What is in your inspiration?
A: Anyone that looks at my work can instantly see that my primary inspiration is the female and the female form.  In almost all my work I embellish and juxtapose the female form with unworldly scenes, abstractions, colors, and messages that, when taken as a whole piece of work, create an imaginative visual narrative with the woman at its core.
Q: What are your challenges?
A: My challenge is to keep moving forward, and never become repetitive or redundant; and to always, always improve my technique and skill with each new painting.   
Q: How did you/do you choose your medium?
A: I’m self taught, so naturally I started off using pretty basic mediums like crayon, pencil and ink.  As I progressed I realized I needed a more fluid medium like paint to really render the ideas that I wanted to portray.  Finally, once I began to concentrate on painting the human body, I discovered that the fluidity and slow drying of oils best met my needs.  I love the feel, smell and exuberant colors of oils, so that’s the only medium I now use. 
Q: Which artist has influenced you the most?
A: The artist that influenced me the most was Frank Frazetta.  As a boy I would sometimes buy a book based on its cover art without caring about what the book was even about.  Of course later I discovered many, many other great artist that I truly admire, but Frazetta was the first.



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