A stroke of genius - young artists take home top prizes
Renowned artist Bernadette Madden was full of praise for the young students who took home the top prizes at the 62nd Texaco Children's Art Competition.
Marta Turalska, a 17-year-old student from Scoil Mhuire agus Ide in Newcastle West, Co Limerick, was named overall winner with her portrait 'My Grandma With Grape'. Inspired by a photograph of her grandmother taken in her native Poland, the work took almost one month to complete.
It was described by the judges as a "wonderfully composed and superbly finished portrait study".
Marta's portrait won her a cheque for €1,500 and an invitation to visit Tokyo later this year.
The €1,000 second prize in the category went to Wiktoria Anna Witkowska (16), a student at Loreto Secondary School, Balbriggan, for her work entitled 'The Face'.
Dublin's Tara Watson (13), a pupil at St Joseph of Cluny Secondary School, took first prize and €350 in the 12-13 category with her painting entitled 'Hook Lighthouse'.
Past winners, whose early interest in art and the arts may well have been encouraged by their participation, include artists Graham Knuttel, Robert Ballagh, Ms Madden and Dorothy Cross.
Fashion designer Paul Costello is also among notable former winners along with politician Ruairi Quinn. Ms Madden presented the winners with their awards in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham.