PleinAir Salon art competition - Hui Li, “Metaphor of Plants Series No.8,” oil, 59 x 71 in.
Hui Li, “Metaphor of Plants Series No.8,” oil, 59 x 71 in.

We’d like to congratulate Hui Li for winning Overall First Place in the February 2023 PleinAir Salon, judged by Scott Shields, the Ted and Melza Barr Chief Curator and Associate Director at the Crocker Art Museum.

Hui Li on “Metaphor of Plants Series No.8”

This is one of my paintings series inspired by the ancient land of Australia, where I lived for more than 20 years. It was also inspired by the very personal experience of my awe of Nature.

The landscape I’ve chosen was a farm that one of my friends, Arthur (a Greek immigrant), had been settled in. It was located by the pond and hills of Bathhurst, near the Blue Mountains of Sydney. It’s a place with vast land and varieties of eucalyptus trees and all different sorts of grass, and a scarcity of water resources. The Emergent plant leaning by the pond had instantly caught my attention – I had spent time observing and listening before I recorded and sketched the plant with the surroundings.

This was a later work in comparison to other paintings in the series. In “Metaphor of Plants No. 2” I had painted a pond, and I thought I could consider a more comprehensive picture with grass beside the pond, therefore No.8 came up.

Diversity is the charm of art, and I sincerely hope other creative artists can fully express what they truly like with all their heart.

About the PleinAir Salon:

In the spirit of the French Salon created by the Academie des Beaux-Arts in Paris, this annual online art competition, with 11 monthly cycles, leading to the annual Salon Grand Prize winners, is designed to stimulate artistic growth through competition. The competition rewards artists with $46,000 in cash prizes and exposure of their work, with the winning painting featured on the cover of PleinAir Magazine.

Winners in each monthly competition may receive recognition and exposure through PleinAir Magazine’s print magazine, e-newsletters, websites, and social media. Winners of each competition will also be entered into the annual competition. The Annual Awards will be presented live at the next Plein Air Convention & Expo.

The next round of the PleinAir Salon has begun so hurry, as this competition ends on the last day of the month. Enter your best art in the PleinAir Salon here.


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