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Talented teen pencils in gallery deal after sketches go viral


Sarah Ryan

Sarah Ryan

Sarah Ryan

TRANSITION-year student Sarah Ryan has secured a deal with an art gallery after one of her pencil portraits of broadcaster Ryan Tubridy caught the attention of curator Frank O'Dea.

The 16-year-old sent the detailed sketch to 2fm last week but had "no idea" how popular it would become. The image has received over 5,000 likes since 2fm posted it on their Facebook page.

"I was in school and started getting all these calls and texts," Sarah told the Irish Independent.

"I definitely didn't expect an art gallery to get in touch. It's all so unexpected."

Sarah, who attends Loretto College, Wexford, is now discussing the details of an upcoming exhibition at Dublin art gallery Balla Ban.

"There's so much to think about, like pricing and all that," she said. "It's a lot to get your head around, but it's very exciting."

Balla Ban curator Mr O'Dea believes Ms Ryan has a "fantastic future ahead of her" and is confident her sketches will sell well.

Irish Independent