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The art of Love 2005, the leading online contemporary art gallery, will announce the winners of its second Art of Love competition on February 10th 2005 at on London's South Bank.

The competition this year attracted nearly 1,000 entrants, with 363 artists submitting 1,090 works and 486 poets over 1,500 poems.

A selection of 250 artworks will be on view at the exhibition at from February 10th to 27th,and also at Bargehouse, from February 10th to 21st. Both venues are situated in Oxo Tower Wharf.

Paul Wynter, founding director of, said: "We had a fantastic response to our call for entrants this year, with great interest from poets and overseas artists. The quality of work submitted was very high, and included a wide range of media such as animation, film, sculpture and painting. We have had to move the exhibition to a bigger venue this year to show as many works as possible."

Entrants include all three of last year's winners, Zachary Walsh, Sally Gatie and Mary Jane Ansell (also shortlisted for the 2004 BP National Portrait Prize), and Penny Klepuszewska, winner of Channel Five's Big Art challenge. All four are available for interview.

A selection of poetry entries will also be on show at the exhibition.
Andrew Motion, Poet Laureate, who judged the poetry element of the competition, has chosen around 100 of his favourites, including the three winners.

He said: "Overall I thought the poems were much stronger than last year's selection - bolder in their themes, more various in their forms, and more interesting in their language. It has turned into a very worthwhile operation."

All of the submitted artworks and poems for the Art of Love competition can be viewed online at

A catalogue to accompany the exhibition will be published at the end of January.

Most of the submitted artworks are for sale and can be purchased online now (subject to being available for the exhibition) or during the event in February.

Images of KISSING are the most popular submitted forms of love so far this year closely followed by believe it or not,

SHOES....and then


GAY love scenes sold the most at last
year's show over any other depiction of love...whilst

Nathan Bean's photograph last year of literally a GRATED HEART, has been replaced this year by a liquidised one, not for the faint-hearted...

Ulrich Osterloh's ORGASMIC ABSTRACT hits the spot...

Emily Russel and Kristian de la Riva's fantastic LOVE GAMES animation is sweet and simple...whilst

Christian Nieman and Jacqueline Read find UNCONDITIONAL love with their pets....

Carlo Dentamaro shows scenes of love lost

whilst Antoine de Villier enjoys the PASSION of the present...and

Debbie Richards is not afraid to show us the ageing effects of a long marriage...

HEARTS, symbolic of love, are appearing in many original and unusual forms.


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