STU­DENT HAS BRUSH WITH FAME

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

A TALENTED Townsville stu­dent has de­signed and cre­ated a win­ning por­trait in a na­tional art com­pe­ti­tion.

Saint Pa­trick’s Col­lege Year 10 stu­dent Ella Evans was an­nounced as an Honourable Men­tion win­ner in the 13 to 15year- old cat­e­gory of the Young Archies, a ju­nior com­po­nent of the Archibald Prize.

Ella, 15, ( pic­tured) said she was ex­cited to win the award and that she froze when she heard the news. “Art is my favourite thing. I love it,” she said.

The Young Archies re­ceived more than 2000 en­tries from across Aus­tralia and Ella’s piece was se­lected among the top 50. Art teacher Athena Costopou­los said it was an amaz­ing achieve­ment.

After re­search­ing the Archibald Prize and por­trai­ture tech­niques, Ms Costopou­los set the task for her stu­dents to cre­ate a por­trait of a person spe­cial to them.

Ella’s paint­ing was of her great- great- great grand­fa­ther and ti­tled Sonny Sun­flower.

“He is im­por­tant in my life be­cause he is the ear­li­est known an­ces­tor I have con­nect­ing to my Abo­rig­i­nal her­itage and cul­ture,” she said.

“His Abo­rig­i­nal name was ‘ Bah­daweer’, and it is be­lieved that Sonny Sun­flower was the rough trans­la­tion.”

The por­trait is now fea­tured on the NSW Art Gallery web­site and will be on dis­play from Satur­day un­til Oc­to­ber 15.

DANNI SHAFIK

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