For Immediate Release January, 2012
The Battle of the Brush LIVE painting competition returns April 27 with the premiere of Season 2 at CBC Studio 800. Eight artists will compete in teams of four blending their creativity on canvas to vie for the Golden Brush title.
VANCOUVER, Canada – When the Golden Brush event debuted two years ago – followed by Battle of the Brush Season 1 – the question remained: Was this art imitating life or the other way around?
More like a reality-TV show, the brush-to-brush LIVE painting action returns from April 27, from 8:30 pm to 10 pm at CBC Studios 800. Both well known and emerging artists will paint for 80 minutes, with a break halfway through for to survey the unfinished works and mingle. Doors open at 8 pm.
The Battle of the Brush is more than art-in-motion. It’s an eclectic fusion of raw talent and vivid imagination, exploded onto canvas in front of a captive audience. Each year’s theme is different, and after polling Face Book fans, the decided theme this year is ‘celebration’.
Past event themes have included communication, change and love/hate, all passionately portrayed with both thoughtful and whimsical acrylic strokes, incorporating various materials such as gold and copper sheaths.
This art battle is not the norm. It’s the only LIVE creative exhibit on display while the artists paint their creations – all portraying a single subject side by side. The exhibitors are competitors, and the spectators are judges.
It’s not the ordinary voting process either. Everyone can weigh in on how well the artists convey their theme as a team by casting a poker chip for their favorite work of art. Once the winner’s unanimously determined, the art is silent auctioned to the audience in the crowd.
But there’s a lot more behind the dabs and swish of brushes than the fight to win. The stroke of genius comes from Battle of the Brush co-creator Kevan Seng who says his passion is to bring hidden artists to the surface and make art more sustainable through ongoing collaboration.
“My goal is to get the arts community recognized and into the public, not only in Vancouver, but as a larger cultural community connected by common events. I plan to set up more live painting events around the city and beyond to New York, Toronto and Los Angeles. With a fusion of artists, we can connect with other artists and their communities as well as strengthen the Vancouver art scene.”
Seng says that to connect artists locally, he’s set up a monthly Golden Brush social where artists can meet to come together as a community.
“The Battle of the Brush (BOTB) pre- and after-party at the Fortune Sound Club are meant to keep the momentum going. BOTB guests will receive a stamp to gain access to the after party before midnight. The parties give people a chance to get to know the artists, and like any good reality TV show, there’s always drama to talk about.”
Seng says that each event is video-recorded to be released for promotion after the Battle of the Brush event.
“I guess you could say, in that sense, we have become a reality TV show already. We’re now working on a script and a means to make the BOTB show accessible to everyone to watch the competitions live virtually from anywhere,” Seng says.
J Won Suh, co-owner and creative director at Golden Brush ArtEvents, says that when it comes to art, it’s not what you know but what you see. “And what you see is entertainment,” he says.
“We want to break the boundary to encourage everyone to appreciate art. You don’t need to have extensive arts knowledge. You just need to come out and experience art firsthand,” Suh says.
“The key word is collaboration, bringing together individual talents to create synergy. The artists have their own style and may normally paint in watercolor, oil or other modes. The competition is a task to blend their talents to create one inspired work of art and promote their works publicly,” Suh says.
And if all this isn’t enough to say ‘gotcha’ to attend the LIVE arts event, sponsor Pakage Underwear will be giving away 50 briefs to men who attend the event as an added incentive.
Doors open 8 p.m.
Painting: 8:30 pm to 10:00 pm.
Doors close at 11:30pm.
Tickets are $15.
Non-Alcoholic Drinks are $2.50
Beer is $4.50
Wine is $5
Battle of the Brush artists includes:
Team 1: Mike Vigneux and Savanna Junjek
Team 2: Jamil Keyani and Carl Baird
Team 3: Lisa Penz and Garrett Campbell-Wilson
Team 4: Ron Schwartz and Leanne Lapa
Tickets are $15 at the door or $10 online.
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FREE DRINK to the 1st 100 Ticket Holders
FREE PAKAGE UNDERWEAR to the 1st 50 Male Ticket Holders! ($25 Value)
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Golden Brush ArtEvents
In 2006, Golden Brush ArtEvents Co-Owner Kevan Seng was inspired to begin his own art company and became an advocate to bring untapped local art talent to the surface. Seng now represents more than 25 local artists throughout the Vancouver region, bringing their works to light through custom art cards and promotional events.
J Won Suh who was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea is co-owner and creative director of Golden Brush Art Events. He offers unique art events representing all genres of painting from many cultures to community and corporate partners. Suh developed a strong art and music background in hometown Seoul influenced by family members and continues to promote Vancouver as an art capital.