2006 Pavel Jerdanowitch Painting Contest Results

Watch the episode about the contest shown on German TV in March 2007



The Loser of the 2006 contest is Kurt J. Hinterbichler

Kurt is a graduate student in Physics at Columbia University. Apart from Art he is interested in Theory of Everything and in UFOs.


Squarz by Kurt J. Hinterbichler

What can one say about this bold and daring new work by 21st century artist Kurt J. Hinterbichler? At first glance, we see three shapes that seem to outline a sense of urgency and chaos. Yet, upon closer examination, more shapes appear within the outline, reflecting order within the disturbance. Like one's life, the shapes are simple when viewed from the outside in, yet become extraordinarily complex when viewed from inside out. The colors portray this as well, with a lack of quantity made up for by a brilliant use of clarity. The solid white both outside and in shows the inner and outer similarities that everyone shares, while still serving to highlight emptiness and innocence.

Badness: 0.47

Badness is the fraction of the voters which selected the painting as the worst. Each voter was shown five randomly selected paintings. Therefore the average badness is 0.2. The maximum possible badness is one and the minimum possible badness is zero.


On the second place is the artist, painting under the brush name Ravenwing, from South Africa


Rebirth by Ravenwing

Badness: 0.36

On the third place is John Hope-Hawkins from the UK


Untitled by John Hope-Hawkins

Badness: 0.32

View the rest of the 2006 contest entries

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