Jonathan LeVine Gallery’s search for the next great artist began in spring 2017 with the First Annual Delusional Art Competition.  An overwhelming number of submissions were received from artists based around the world, which made the selection process an extremely difficult task.  

The 42 artists selected as finalists work in a variety of media and reflect current trends in contemporary art and the eclectic stylistic mix Jonathan LeVine Projects is known for exhibiting.  

By providing an exhibition opportunity as well as access to one of the world’s most esteemed gallerists, Jonathan LeVine Gallery hopes to bring new talent to the forefront of the art market with the Delusional Art Competition.  

Click here to see additional images from last year's Delusional exhibition.

I had a pleasant experience with JLP. Communication has been clear and prompt and everything went smoothly, a professional team.

Masha Gusova ( 2017 Delusional Finalist )

I was pleasantly surprised to be chosen as one of 42 finalists in the first Delusional competition. The gallery was great to work with in helping me get my three paintings there for the group show and making everything clear in their contract. I was absolutely shocked that they would select me, a 21-year-old Canadian from near Toronto, as First Place Winner. This proved that the competition was a level playing field, and it was anyone’s game. Since then, Jonathan has provided helpful mentorship through email and Skype calls toward my first solo exhibition in the U.S. scheduled for Fall 2019.

Josh Tiessen ( 2017 Delusional 1st Place Winner )

I am super excited about being part of Delusional. This was the first time I ever applied to an art competition and it led to my work being exhibited and selling at The Juxtapoz Clubhouse during Art Basel Miami! How cool is that?!

Radoslaw Liwen ( Delusional Finalist )

"It was completely by chance that I happened to see a video on Instagram and wondered what a chap in a hat was doing holding up a card saying 'open call'. I knew of JLP so decided to give it a shot and submit my work. I never expected to even get shortlisted for the Delusional competition, let alone get a 2nd place award. Suffice to say, I was somewhat stunned (and delighted). Since that first exhibition, I've received nothing but support, advice and encouragement from Jonathan. His team have been terrific too. They've exhibited (and sold) my work at Art Basel Miami and at the LA Art Show. These experiences along with the feedback Jonathan has provided has moved my work in new directions. Huge thank you to JLP, it's great being a member of the family."

Julia Ibbini ( 2017 2nd Place Winner )

"I loved being a part of the Delusional Art Competition and becoming a member of the JLP family. Jonathan LeVine Projects is a prominent, trend setting contemporary gallery with a great history and unconventional international aesthetic. As a gallerist, Jonathan has a wealth of expertise and a great eye for the unusual, working collaboratively to promote artists and their work. I feel very lucky to have discovered this opportunity and look forward to my summer 2018 solo exhibition at Jonathan LeVine Projects!"

Ronald Gonzalez ( 3rd Place Winner )