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Exceptionally talented Simon (16) scoops Texaco Art Competition with portrait of his sister

AN ‘EXCEPTIONALLY talented” Polish student has won this year’s Texaco Children’s Art Competition.

Using just pencils and a white canvas, the winning entry of Simon Minias (16) is a portrait of his sister Sophie.

Competition adjudicators described the work as“wonderfully composed and superbly executed”.

Simon, Sophie and their parents – graphic designer Christoph and mother Ewa – came to

live in Gorey in 2008 from the Polish city of Lodz.

Simon joined Gorey Educate Together school, and the following year became a secondary school pupil at Gorey Community School.

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'My Sister Sophie' by Simon Minias - overall winner in this year's 2013 Texaco Children's Art competition.

'My Sister Sophie' by Simon Minias - overall winner in this year's 2013 Texaco Children's Art competition.

The Lonely Duck, 3rd place in category D in this year's 2013 Texaco Children's Art competition.

The Lonely Duck, 3rd place in category D in this year's 2013 Texaco Children's Art competition.

Horse belongs on a field, not on your plate‚ by Miranda Yanez

Horse belongs on a field, not on your plate‚ by Miranda Yanez

Wild Poppies by Caroline Roche‚ 3rd place in category B in this year's 2013 Texaco Children's Art competition.

Wild Poppies by Caroline Roche‚ 3rd place in category B in this year's 2013 Texaco Children's Art competition.

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'My Sister Sophie' by Simon Minias - overall winner in this year's 2013 Texaco Children's Art competition.

In winning the coveted first prize, Simon fought off competition from the tens of thousands of students from across Ireland’s 32-counties who took part in the competition.

Simon will receive a first-prize of €2,000, with which he intends to purchase a MacBook computer that he will use to develop his computer-aided designs.

His prize was presented to him today at the CityWest Hotel with all 126 winners.

Other winners included six-year-old Maddy Hayes from the Sandymount School of Art for her work entitled‘Lemon World’. Clontarf student Grace Dolan (13) won the top prize in her category for ‘Keys’.

Other award winning entries included ‘Wild Poppies’ by Caroline Roche (15) from Loreto Secondary School, Fermoy.

Category D (9-11 years) was won by 10-year old Miranda Yanez for her colourful study ‘A horse belongs on a field, not on your plate’.

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The top 21 winning works will remain on exhibition in The Hugh Lane Gallery until Thursday, April 25.


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