Showdown: The Painted World

Welcome to Showdown, an online competition that gives artists from all over the world a chance to showcase their work and have it be judged by internationally acclaimed artists and curators.

Saatchi Art is delighted to present Showdown: The Painted World in partnership with Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles.

On February 5th, the works of the 30 artists shortlisted for Saatchi Art's Showdown Prize will be digitally projected onto a giant display Upstairs at Ace Hotel Downtown L.A. during a special one-night only event held at the hotel's rooftop bar. During the event, the names of the winner and 10 finalists selected by judge Ryan Mosley will be announced. 

This event is free and open to the public (21+). For more information or to be added to the collector invite list, please contact Nicole Garton at nicole@saatchiart.com.

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Ryan Mosley

Artist

British artist Ryan Mosley creates painted worlds which fall somewhere between reality and fantasy. He is represented by Susanne Vielmetter Projects, Los Angeles; Tierney Gardarin, New York; Eigen + Art, Berlin; and Alison Jacques Gallery, London.

His work has featured in significant group shows including Zero Hours, S1 Artspace, Sheffield (2013); Nightfall, Modem Museum, Hungary (2012); London Twelve:... Read More

Prizes

1st Place

Winner receives USD $1000

2nd Place

Runner-up receives USD $500
The 30 shortlisted works will be digitally projected onto a giant display at Ace Hotel Downtown L.A. during a special, one-night only event to announce the winner.

First Round: Curated + Community Voting


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:

  • 50 works with highest average community votes
  • 250 submissions selected by our professional Saatchi Art team

Second Round: Juried Voting


A jury, selected by Saatchi Art and led by Rebecca Wilson, Chief Curator at Saatchi Art, will review the 300 semi-finalists. Of those 300:

  • 30 submissions selected by our professional jury will move on to the final round

Final Round: Judge


A judge selected by Saatchi Art will select the winner and runner-up of our The Painted World.

  • Winner receives USD $1000
  • Runner-up receives USD $500
  • The 30 shortlisted works will be digitally projected onto a giant display at Ace Hotel Downtown L.A. during a special, one-night only event to announce the winner.
  • The exhibition is a digital projection, so no artwork will need to be shipped.
  • Art must be in the style or category specified to be eligible.
  • Art must not have been submitted to a previous Showdown or any other Saatchi Art competition.
  • Must be an original work currently for sale on the Saatchi Art website.
  • The top ten original works must be exclusively for sale on Saatchi Art for 6 months following the end of the competition.

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