View the entries for the 2016 Atlas Art Contest. Public voting has ended (November 23rd at 12pm ET, 3pm PT). Winners will be announced on December 10th, 2016.

Contest Info


"Self Portrait on Fire"

By: Eric Armusik

oil paint on birch
The painting is my self-portrait. A flame illuminates the left side of the painting, the torch of my career thus far as an artist and significant of the success that I have achieved. Unlike most artists I haven't had a career of representation. I have had to learn to be just as creative in selling my work as I have been in creating it. I have carved out my own niche in painting traditional subjects such as mythological, religious and historical subjects which were deemed by many of my colleagues as passe. I am a romantic realist at heart and I believe that good art can be transcending and can inspire others to celebrate a greater sense of life.

A message from the judges: Armusik’s painting shows great skill and invention in capturing a moment. It shows an artist's invention at representing something simplistic but with great depth. The work shows great understanding that only happens after many hours are spent at one’s craft creating a sense of masterful creation.