Talented teen Lucy (17) leads the way in Texaco art competition
The next generation of Ireland's artists gathered at The Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin for the awards ceremony of the Texaco Children's Art Competition
The top prize was awarded to Lucy Deegan, a 17-year old student from Luggacurren, Co. Laois.
Described by competition adjudicators as a "beautifully composed and exquisitely finished piece", her winning entry, entitled Tom – Summer, is a detailed portrait study of her brother, carefully executed with colouring pencils and white gel pen.
Asked what inspired her to choose him as her subject, Lucy said: “My brother Tom is special to our family. Because he means so much to us, I wanted to capture him at his happiest.”
The talented artist, who's also a midfielder player on the County Laois minor football team, said she is still coming to terms with the surprise, good news.
“I have been entering the Texaco Children’s Art Competition every year and it has always been my dream to be the overall winner. My mum was crying when she told me and I just burst into tears beside her.”
Lucy's prize, in the 16-18-year-old catergory, is a cheque for €1,500 and she will also fly to Tokyo next August at the invitation of the International Foundation for Arts and Culture, in which her winning artwork will be exhibited.
Lucy's siblings - brother Tom and sisters Annie Rose and Juliet - have all won prizes in previous years.
The talented teenager was presented with her prize at the Hugh Lane Gallery today.
Other winners include Joel Smyth (17), a student from County Down for his work entitled Lone Tree. Joel took home the €1,000 prize in second place, while the third place was awarded to Grace Carson (17) from County Tyrone for her untitled winter landscape.
In the 14-15 years category, Dublin student Meabh Scahill (14) was awarded €450 for her self-portrait, while Amy Zhao (12) from County Westmeath took home first place prize (€350) in the 12-13 years category.
A category reserved for children with special needs saw James Wellwood (17) from County Kilkenny, take home the top prize for his artwork, Pewfowl in the Forest.
The top 21 winning works are on exhibition in The Hugh Lane Gallery.