This year, more than 40 artists have been selected as winners from the Wacom The Next Level competition and will have their artwork exhibited alongside national and internationally renowned artists including David Milan, Rik Oostenbroek, Lauren Carney, Merda, Gemma Correll and Sha’an d’Anthes.
The competition attracted 1900 entries worldwide, 700 more than last year. “Every year we are absolutely blown away by the calibre of entries The Next Level draws. This is the best part about our job, we love seeing the amazing work people are able to produce and knowing that we play some small part in that. There is nothing more inspiring to us here at Wacom and it helps to push us further as a company,” says Simon Marshall, Marketing Manager at Wacom ANZ.
The chosen winners will not only have their work exhibited and published in The Next Level publication featuring artwork from across the globe, but if purchased at the exhibitions, will receive profits from the sale, less the production costs.
One of the renowned artists that will be showcased at the exhibitions is Sydney based illustrator and artist Bill Hope. “Exhibiting with The Next Level Competition allowed me to show my work alongside some of the best talent in the digital arts scene. Wacom consistently brings together artists committed to expanding the realms of what is possible in the medium and it’s an exciting cohort to be represented amongst,” says Mr. Hope.
The not-to-be-missed exhibitions will be held in Auckland, Melbourne and Sydney throughout September to November.
Auckland: 21 Sept – 5 Oct @ Silo Park, Beaumont St & Jellicoe St, Auckland
Opening Night: Friday 29th September 6-9pm
Melbourne: 31 Oct – 13 Nov @ Besser Space, 15-25 Keele St, Collingwood
Opening Night: Friday 23rd November 6-9pm
Sydney: 22 Nov – 3 Dec @ M2 Gallery, 4/450 Elizabeth St, Surry Hills
Opening Night: Friday 24th November 6-9pm
The Australian winners of The Next Level competition are:
Angelo Konofaos (knf)
Dean A Jones
Furry Little Peach
Josh Thorsen Yung
monstery and me
Yung Jiz Grafix
For more information visit: www.wacomnextlevel.com
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