The Procreate Art Prize in 2019 challenged artists to explore the concept of 'Contrast' in all its complex shades, and light, of meaning.
This year, the Art Prize received an incredible response from artists all over the globe, with thousands of entries submitted.
It's always exciting to see how artists of all ages and levels interpret our theme and bring it to life through Procreate. Year after year artists raise the bar in creative interpretation and technical execution. Seeing the world through their lens is always a rewarding and inspiring experience, so thank you to everyone who entered.
The Grand Prize for 2019 of $5000 USD is awarded to Nas for her work 'Self Sabotage'. This brave portrait is a deserving winner for its striking portrayal of the light and dark within us all. Strong surrealist technique combined with the clever use of layers meant this piece embraced the theme of 'Contrast' in a way that instantly leaps out.
The Second Prize of $2,000 USD goes to Ayda for the piece 'Visiting Hours', one of the most challenging pieces we've encountered in the Art Prize. This work explores the nature of 'Contrast' in unexpected, rich and multi-faceted ways – from the visual and emotional contrast of the characters, to the use of a simple illustrative style to depict a complex subject matter. Visiting Hours will spark dialogue and ignite passions – and that is exactly what great art is supposed to do.
At first glance it's easy to dismiss Cantashi's 'Good Night Weird Guy', but the Procreate developers kept on coming back and finding more and more little details in work. These details reveal a narrative piece by piece that once complete is both rewarding and highly entertaining. Once seen it cannot be unseen, and you'll wonder how you ever missed it.
View the outstanding work of our winners plus all the very worthy Honourable Mentions on the Procreate Art Prize Showcase.