Judge Raffi Kalenderian has chosen Hormazd Narielwalla as the winner of The Body Electric Showdown and Maarten Van Den Bos as the runner-up. Praising the high standard of entries, Raffi said: "I loved the colors and composition of Hormazd Narielwalla's piece. The scale of the work also seemed perfect. When I read about his process of making collages and finding radical abstraction within antique tailoring patterns, sourced from a Parisian fashion magazine, I thought: "This is an artist after my own heart." Maarten Van Den Bos' work struck me as wonderfully beguiling. The scale for this work seemed important, too. I wish I could see it in person. The line between figuration and abstraction is handled in a superior way. There is a psychic energy between the figures, and I dig it."
Raffi Kalenderian is an LA based artist who paints observational portraits within richly textured backgrounds. He currently has an exhibition on view at Susanne Vielmetter Projects in Los Angeles and is also represented by Galerie Peter Kilchmann in Zurich. Reviews of his works have appeared in publications such as Art in America, Modern Painters, and Frieze. Read More
The first round consists of two parts: the community vote and the curated vote. Anyone with a valid Saatchi Art account is able to participate in the community vote. All valid entries will be randomly displayed an equal number of times during the community vote and each work will be voted on a scale of 1 (lowest) to 5 (highest). A total of 300 submissions will progress to the next round including:
A jury, selected by Saatchi Art and led by Rebecca Wilson, Director of the Saatchi Gallery, London, will review the 300 semi-finalists. Of those 300:
A judge selected by Saatchi Art will select the winner and runner-up of our The Body Electric.