Naoise Hennessy, a 16-year old student at Coláiste Bhríde, Carnew has been chosen overall winner of this year’s 65th Texaco Children’s Art Competition, taking first prize in the senior 16-18 years age category.
Her winning entry entitled ‘Lifelines’ – described by competition adjudicators as ‘a finely detailed study that so perfectly captures the features and character of the subject’ – is a portrait of an elderly lady delicately reproduced using watercolour pencils throughout. Expressing herself as ‘overjoyed’ when told of her achievement, Naoise attributes her success to the support and guidance she receives from her art teacher, Mr. Eugene Lynch and the staff at her college.
Praising what he termed her ‘fine and detailed execution of what was an extremely challenging subject’ the Chairman of the judging panel, Gary Granville, Professor Emeritus of Education at the National College of Art and Design, described Naoise’s winning entry as ‘a truly life-like and painstakingly executed work worthy of a place in any public gallery’.
In winning the coveted first prize, Naoise fought off competition from thousands of young students from across Ireland who took part in the Competition. As acknowledgement, she will receive a first-prize cheque for €1,500 plus a visit to Tokyo in August at the invitation of the International Foundation for Arts and Culture. There she will be guest at the 20th International High School Arts Festival in which her winning artwork will be exhibited at the National Arts Center.
Another winner from Wicklow, who will receive a Special Merit Award, is Eimear Carvill (15), from Loreto Secondary School, Bray, for her work entitled ‘Five’.
Prizes will be presented at an awards ceremony next month when all of the 126 top prize-winners will be in attendance.