Announcing the Artexpo Artist Challenge Winner: Tim Gagnon

Tim Gagnon, Before Things Go Cold

"Before Things Go Cold" by Tim Gagnon, winner of the Artexpo Artist Challenge

Thanks to all who entered their work in the Artexpo Artist Challenge—and particularly, our Top 10 Finalists! We received many outstanding pieces by nearly 800 talented artists and really enjoyed seeing such an outpouring of so many creative works.

Out of 766 total submissions, Tim Gagnon’s painting “Before Things Go Cold” (24 x 36, acrylic on canvas) has been chosen by the Artexpo Jury as the grand prize winner of the Artexpo Artist Challenge! After weeks of public voting, “Before Things Go Cold” received 1,996 votes from the general public, sending it into our Top 10 Finalists last week.

Here’s a sampling of some of the comments voters made on Tim’s painting:

“My vote is with you. Stunning piece!”

“You’ve inspired me to keep painting. Lots of luck!”

“Tim you are the best artist and the best teacher… I learned a lot from you… I’ll vote for you for sure!”

“Tim, you are so creative and I love your work. I hope you win, you deserve it!”

“This is a beautiful piece! I’m not familiar with your work but looking at this one, I can imagine what your other pieces look like :)”

The Prize

As the winner of the Artexpo Artist Challenge, Tim will be given the opportunity to exhibit 3 pieces of his original artwork on an elegant, 50 square-foot wall space (a $2,000 value) in our shared [SOLO] Gallery for independent artists at Artexpo New York 2011.

He’ll also receive:

  • Free shipping of his artwork (within the continental US only) to and from the show
  • Artist name card & bio at the show
  • A listing in Artexpo’s 2011 Show Guide
  • 3 free Master-Quality fine art reproductions of your artwork + digital archives
  • Unlimited VIP passes to Artexpo New York 2011
  • Artexpo Artist Challenge winner Tim Gagnon in his studio.

    About Tim

    Tim Gagnon was born in Northern Maine and took an interest in painting at an early age. He says:

    “Most of the time I drew animals or cartoons. I found that drawing was a good way to express emotions, or to vent in a non-verbal way.”

    Growing up, Tim spent a great deal of time drawing and painting, and went on to enter and win art contests. As a college student, he enrolled in the University of Maine at Presque Isle, but left in favor of working for a tax software company. A year later, he went back to school, this time majoring in art and studying under Anderson Giles. After obtaining his BFA, he decided to quit his job in the tax software industry and began to paint full time.

    Today, he is a full-time artist and couldn’t be happier.

    “My style is defined by my mood. I can paint flowing clean landscapes… or, I may paint thick, slashed paintings that have emotion and energy. I enjoy painting things that have meaning, or energy. I am always thinking when I’m painting. I don’t try to reproduce images as they are filtered through our eyes, but how I envision them in my mind.”

    Congrats once again, Tim. We’re looking forward to seeing your work in New York!

    For those interested in seeing more of Tim’s work, here’s his website: www.timgagnonstudio.com

    Thanks to all who entered, and stay tuned: we hope to host another Artexpo Artist Challenge in the near future…

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