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Winners of Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series Art Competition Open at Rush Arts Gallery

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Last night in was the opening night for artists Jed Foronda and Edgar “Edgartista” Gonzalez at the Rush Arts Gallery in New York. Jed and Edgar are winners of the 3rd Annual Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series National Art Competition. The competition, held in Miami during Art Basel ’12, featured artists representing 10 US cities. While Bacardi and Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation hosted the competition in Miami, Bombay Sapphire was in full force last night supplying drinks, lite bites and atmosphere for a great event.

The winners Jed Foronda and Edgar Gonzalez operate using two very different mediums and have very different perspectives, however the pieces shown last night complimented each other very well while still maintaing the integrity of each individual artist.

Jed Foronda, is a Houston native who got his BFA in Painting from University of Houston in 2008. His pieces on display last night were in mixed media, the most prominent being carvings from popular magazines that he’d stacked and carved into until they resembled inverted topography maps. There were also some of his paintings on display to showcase his incredible ability with a brush that earned him his U of H degree.

Edgar “Edgartista” Gonzalez moved to NY from Guatemal in 1999 and has been living in Brooklyn, his home base, since 2005. As for his art style he uses fine lines and patterns to not only create images of New York, but he also frequently incorporates skylines and recognizable imagery from cities in countries all over the world. With the majority of his pieces being done in pencil and ink, his massive designs are truly awe inspiring to think of the amount of tedious work went into creating such detailed pictures.

The exhibit will be live until March 15th at the Rush Arts Gallery located at 526 W. 26th St. Suite 311, New York. If you’re in the city be sure to stop by and witness the work of these amazing artists for yourself!




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