So that’s the jury!

Château des Réaux have still not sent us the information we requested. However, one of the artists in contact with us who was considering submitting paintings to the art exhibition competition did get a reply from them with the list of the judges for the competition. Since they don’t want the names published we will honour that but we will give some details that artists thinking of submitting their oil paintings might like to consider. Château des Réaux state the following: “The acceptance of works is decided by a jury, the members of which are figures of art and literature.”

There are five members of the jury who will decide what artworks are accepted etc. Of these, one is a published French art critic whose inclusion would appear quite valid. However, the other members are one poet (guess who), two civil servants and someone who works for an auction house (as yet unnamed). Four of the five members are French. We are really not sure why these people have been chosen and how they can be deemed qualified to judge this competition. It seems like a case of “it’s my game and I’ll choose anyone I like”. Certainly it is hardly an international jury and to describe these people as “figures of art and literature” is really stretching the concept in most cases. In any event, what would a “figure of literature” be doing judging an art competition anyway? Would you have Salvador Dali, Gil Elvgren, Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet and HR Giger deciding who gets the Booker prize?

After reading the list of judges, the artist who contacted us decided not to send her paintings off to Château des Réaux, thanked us for our blog and immediately sold one of the paintings for far more than 305 Euros and without losing her copyright on it :-)

Château des Réaux art exhibition competition

We were contacted by Nadia Ovchinnikova on 3rd March 2008 with respect to posting their exhibition competition details on Artists UK DotNet under our Opportunties section. The exhibition competition is being run by Mr. Evgeny Yukhnytsya, the owner of Castle Reaux, who is apparently a well-known poet from the Ukraine (although a Google search on Yukhnytsya gives nothing on him that was not written by his own staff).

We have recently received emails from an artist’s agent in Florida, USA and artists in Europe concerned about the legitimacy of this offer. We are currently discussing the issues with Nadia Ovchinnikova at Castle Reaux with a view to clarifying the terms of their offer and the auditing of the competition. If you are an artist who has submitted a painting to Château des Réaux we would like to hear from you, especially if you are based in the UK. Whether your feedback is positive or negative please leave a comment here.  Even if you have not submitted work then you can still leave your comments here but please mention that you have not submitted work.