The Finalists have been Revealed – Vote on the best Painting!
By Bork S. Nerdrum

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We cling nervously to the melody, but we don’t handle it freely, we don’t really make anything new out of it, we merely overload it.

— Johannes Brahms, composer

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Since 2015, we have been hosting the annual competition for kitsch-painters world wide. This is a contest that has been won by great painters such as Sebastian Salvo, Mark Belicario, Li Dong, Scott Breton, Marjan Bakhtiarikish and Shaun Roberts.

Here are the finalists:

Wild bird capture techniques by Oleg Radvan

Whisper by Melisa Calabria

Unearthing memories by Paulo César Hoces Chauca

The Gaze by Jesse Payne

The Death of Cleopatra by Martijn Caspar Swart

The back by Billy Økland

The Alchemist by Andrew Aviste

Spring by Javier Adams

Self-Portrait by Kim Vale

Self-Portrait as a Disciple by Douglas Williamson

Pages of Vervain by Luke Hillestad

Mirkwood by John Besa

Mercy by Herman Borge

Meditations by Marjan Bakhtiarikish

Man with Jews Harp by Hjalmar Hagelstam

Man in Leather Vest by Espen Lillehamre

Let Go Off Your Ego by Arif Fauzan Othman

La Artemisa by Rocio Moreno

Helix by George Chronakis

Fides. El Sabio by Diego Rafael

Dionysus by Juli Anne Jonker

Crepuscolo by Carlo Alberto Palumbo

Corsario Negro by Sebastián Martínez Fadic

Calm by Claudia Rossell Marañon

Ballad by Sertap Yeğin

Alma by Enzo Ivkovich


How to vote


The finalists, selected by the jury, are presented in a contest open to public voting on our facebohok page. You can vote by reacting on the Facebook link or by hitting the “Favorize” button underneath the respective image on the Works page where every favorization counts as 5 votes. Voting ends November 15th at 8pm (CEST).

Three prizes will be awarded respectively to the top three paintings selected by the jury. The main prize will be awarded to the jury selection that receives the most votes by the public. Second and third place will follow accordingly.




3rd prize: a $100 gift certificate from Kremer Pigments.

2nd prize: a $200 gift certificate from Kremer Pigments.

1st prize: a $350 gift certificate from Vasari Oil Colors.

All three will receive a copy of Kitsch More Than Art (2011) by Odd Nerdrum et al. and a diploma, signed by one of the members of the jury.