Just browsing the recently announced results of the 64th Texaco Children’s Art Competition and it would really give you great hope for the future of genuine art in Ireland. Hardly anything abstract and masses of really superb paintings. Hopefully all this natural talent will not be derailed for those who go on to study Art at 3rd level.
The overall 1st Prize winner was Hetty Lawlor (18) from the Sacred Heart School in Westport, County Mayo. Her painting “Gráinne” is just stunning!
“Gráinne” by Hetty Lawlor – winner of the 1st Prize.
I was also very taken by “Still Life Study” by Amy Zhao (13) from Our Lady’s Bower, Athlone in County Westmeath; and “Skyline” by Natalia Connolly (13) from Presentation College, Askea in County Carlow – both of which received Special Merit Awards.
Above – in the Children with Special Needs category “The Man with Many Names” by Ryan Donnelly (17) from Belfast also received a richly deserved Special Merit Award.
Check out all the galleries and results on the Texaco website here: www.texacochildrensart.com
And if that’s not enough for you, don’t forget to drop in for a look at my own rapidly expanding “Art For Art’s Sake!” site at www.irishartindex.wordpress.com
With the weather promised settled until well into next week there’s no excuse not to get out there and visit some of the Great Irish Art on show. Kicking off with The People’s Art on Stephen’s Green www.peoplesart.eu this Friday/Saturday & Sunday; Merrion Square Art www.merrionart.com on Sunday, and the Dublin Painting & Sketching Club Annual Exhibition runs at the Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown County Hall in Dun Laoghaire from the 8th-21st May.
For those of you who prefer to view your art from the couch, there’s always my new site which is growing in leaps and bounds. I have been so busy adding to it that I’ve completely lost track of how many artists are now listed. The scarcity of information on each artist is gradually being rectified – it’s purely a matter of getting time to collate the hundreds of pages of research that I’ve already accumulated while continuing to gather more information. With some living artists it’s like pulling teeth. Check out the latest additions below.