Tuesday 6 December 2016

Artist Lochlann keeps it in the family

Shane O'Riordan

Published 29/05/2015 | 02:30

Lochlann King with his painting ‘Night Shift’ is pictured with his grandmother Joan King, who entered the first Texaco Art Competition 61 years ago, and his father Julian, who entered in 1976.
Lochlann King with his painting ‘Night Shift’ is pictured with his grandmother Joan King, who entered the first Texaco Art Competition 61 years ago, and his father Julian, who entered in 1976.

He's only 13, but Lochlann King has made history with an artistic feat that stretches back to 1954.

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The schoolboy from Artane in Dublin yesterday became the third person in as many generations of his family to win an award in the Texaco Children's Art Competition.

His grandmother Joan and father Julian won awards in the competition, with Joan winning a special merit award on the very first year of the competition in 1954.

This year's overall winner - Frances Treanor from Co Monaghan - said she was "absolutely thrilled" at winning the competition with her self-portrait.

The teen won €1,500 and a trip to Tokyo to present her piece at an exhibition hosted by the International Foundation for Arts and Culture.

Also in the 16 to 18 years category, second prize was won by Oliwia Widuto (16) from Loreto College Coleraine, while in third was Janné Strydom (17) from Gorey Community School in Co Wexford.

Awards were presented to the 21 winners and 105 runners-up by Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys at the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, in Dublin yesterday.

Irish Independent

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