Inaugural Reader's Choice Poll Winner: Annie Lapin!

Beast Bothered, 2010 | Oil and acrylic on canvas, 48 x 36 inches, Courtesy of Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles.

The results are in. We're proud to announce that after nearly 3,000 votes, the winner of the inaugural New American Paintings Reader's Choice Poll is Annie Lapin! We asked our readers to vote for their favorite Noteworthy artist of the last year—twelve artists from our six 2010 editions selected by both the juror and our editorial staff—and the response was overwhelming. Annie is the winner of a $500 gift certificate from BLICK Art Materials, and we thank BLICK for their support.

Saying of the Los Angeles-based artist's work, NAP president and publisher Steven Zevitas writes, "As with many artists of her generation, Annie Lain is deeply concerned with the fluid space between abstraction and representation. In her extraordinarily lush paintings, bits of the real world emerge and recede as they actively compete for dominance with the elements of her creation—surface, stroke, and color. Lapin's paintings are about wrestling meaning from chaos, but they are equally about an unabashed love for the medium of painting itself."

Thanks to all who voted! Annie Lapin will be the subject of a forthcoming video, produced with Future Shipwreck, (check out our most recent video with Iva Gueorguieva!), so keep your eyes peeled for more from the L.A. painter. And come back next Monday for the announcement of the $1000 prize! More pics of Annie's work after the jump.  —Evan J. Garza


ANNIE LAPIN

See-Through Age Sentient Conglomerate, 2010 | Oil and acrylic on canvas, 40 x 30 inches. Courtesy of Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles. Photo: Josh White.

Ecstatic Static Drinks, 2010 | Casein egg tempera acrylic and gouache on clayboard panel, 14 x 11 inches. Courtesy of Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles.

Hut Made of Outdoors | Oil and acrylic on canvas, 24 x 36 inches. Courtesy of Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles.

The Ssion, 2008 | Oil on linen, 50 x 54 inches. Courtesy of Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles.

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