Australian wildlife artist extraordinaire Stephen Jesic has won First Place in the 2016 12th International ARC (Art Renewal Centre) Salon Competition in the animal category for his stunning painting ‘Jewel of the Amazon’.

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Sold earlier this year at Morpeth Gallery, Stephen’s ‘Jewel of the Amazon’ painting was one of 3,196 entries in the competition, which represented 63 countries and 1300 artists. The Animal Category alone represents 106 entries out of the 282 works entered into this category.

“This category includes all animal art; any paintings, sculptures or drawings where an animal or animals are the central focus of the work. Animal art is an important way for the general public to stop and appreciate animal life in a way that they may not do in their everyday lives. It draws attention to the importance of animal rights and it draws interest to the other living creatures that share or have shared our world in both reality and myth, demonstrating that animals are every bit as worthy of being subjects of fine art,“ ARC.

To make this great news even better, Stephen has also been selected as a winning artist in the Arcadia Contemporary Award. Arcadia Contemporary in coordination with the ARC, choose the selected artists who will also have the opportunity to have an exhibition and sale of a new series of their work in 2017, or early 2018.


Stephen’s works are represented in Morpeth Gallery, and all the way to New York. He is internationally acclaimed, having won numerous awards such as the 2014 International Artist Magazine’s Grand Prize Winner for Challenge #83 Wildlife for his painting ‘Tender Tips’, he has been featured in many Australian Artist Magazines, and been commissioned for work with the likes of Matisse and Australia Post.

The Newcastle Herald article can be found here

More info on the ARC Salon Competition

More info on Stephen Jesic and his work

Trevor Richards
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