Showdown: The Body Electric

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.

Judge Raffi Kalenderian has chosen Hormazd Narielwalla as the winner of Showdown: The Body Electric 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. The line between figuration and abstraction is handled in a superior way. There is a psychic energy between the figures, and I dig it."

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Raffi Kalenderian


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


1st Place

The winner will receive USD $1000

2nd Place

The runner-up will receive USD $500
The finalists will be recognized on a special online showcase.

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 Body Electric.

  • The winner will receive USD $1000
  • The runner-up will receive USD $500
  • The finalists will be recognized on a special online showcase.
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  • 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.

1st Place Showdown Winner

The Body Electric | Awarded June 17th, 2014

2nd Place Showdown Winner

The Body Electric | Awarded June 17th, 2014

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