1st PLACE - - Art Category - BORIS NOVAK - UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS.
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A commanding entry which immediately grabs your attention and literally delivers the message at bullet speed. While the image will resonate with boys and young men, it also reaches a broader audience with the global issues of gun violence, corruption and death. The reference to pop art reinforces the notion that cigarettes and guns are part of a global consumer culture which are literally killing a new generation of young men. The smoking gun suggests it is just a matter of time as we stand by passively and watch. A powerful, yet simple message and a truly deserving winner.
Digital painting: "Smoking is suicide" Boris Novak 2013
Title: SMOKING IS SUICIDE
Prize: 3 top winners are selected for the prize money.
About the art:
The Grand Final will now be held on World No Tobacco Day , 2015 , when the finalists from 2010 to 2014 go into the judging. It is hoped that in later years chosen art from the site will be displayed in public spaces--- maybe Sydney Opera House.
Art Toppling Tobacco Pty Ltd