Awards for electrifying young artists
Some of Ireland's most promising young artists had their day in the spotlight yesterday -- when they collected their prizes at the 57th Texaco Children's Art Competition.
A self-portrait by Keith Blake (18) -- painted in acrylic on canvas and entitled 'A Warm Place' -- scooped overall top prize.
Keith, from Tipperary, took home a €2,000 cheque when the awards were handed out at a ceremony in Citywest Hotel, Dublin.
The student from Presentation Secondary School in Ballingarry, Thurles, was presented with his prize along with 160 other young artists in seven age categories.
"I didn't think I'd win at all," he said. "When my mother told me, after hearing I'd won on a voice message, I didn't believe her at first."
The winning painting will be displayed at an exhibition hosted by Japan's International Federation for Arts and Culture in Tokyo later this year.
Chairman of the judging panel, Prof Declan McGonagle, said Keith showed a clear ability to control his painting medium to produce "a fresh and spontaneous" portrait.
Second prize was won by Marie-Clare Doran (18), a student at St Louis Grammar School in Kilkeel, Co Down.
For the second year in a row, Jingze Du (15), originally from China, who is now a student at Colaiste Einde, Salthill, Co Galway, took second prize in the 14-to-15 category. In the youngest age group, under-six, the €150 first prize winner was Olivia Cure from Gaelscoil de hIde, Oranmore, Co Galway.