STUDENT HAS BRUSH WITH FAME
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.