Ran Ortner has won first place worth $250,000 at ARTPRIZE with his monumental oil painting "Open Water no.24".
Open Water no.24, 2009, oil on canvas 70 x 228 inches.
ARTPRIZE is unique in the way it operates. Any artist, from established to emerging has the chance to show work. Any visitor can vote. The vote will determine who wins the largest art prize in the world. There is not one official curator or jury for the competition. The top ten win a prize, the most lucrative being First prize $250,000, second $100,000 & third $50,000.
The competition’s creator is Rick Devos, a 27-year-old Web entrepreneur. It took place at 159 venues, with more than 1,200 artists participating and more than 334,000 votes were cast in the competition
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Ran Ortner was born in 1959 in San Francisco and lived along the areas rugged coast just north of Half Moon Bay, the location of the world’s biggest and most dangerous surfable waves.
To see more of Ran Ortner's spectacular paintings visit his rather impressive website CLICK HERE
...and I mean spectacular paintings like in this image ( taken from his website ). It's not just about the monumental paintings, Ran's smaller works are equally worth investigating.