Lancashire Life - - BEAUTY NEWS -

Stu­dent Abi­gail Sharples en­tered three stud­ies of a bal­le­rina into the Bolton School open art ex­hi­bi­tion and they were snapped up by old boy Gary Sykes. The Year 13 stu­dent’s work was in­spired by Ed­ward De­gas and they made an im­pres­sion on Gary, who said: ‘As the son of work­ing class par­ents who had only one piece of art in their house, a cheap print bought for them, I had lit­tle in­ter­est in art.

‘I did sciences at A level and could not draw a straight line with a ruler. How­ever, that print in my child­hood home was of a bal­let dancer at the barre with her teacher, by Renoir. It clearly had a last­ing ef­fect, as my eyes were im­me­di­ately caught by Abi­gail’s three part paint­ing of the dancer. ‘Any one of the paint­ings on their own would have been okay, but to­gether they form a won­der­ful piece which I hope to keep for many years – even when Abi­gail is fa­mous.’ Abi­gail said: ‘I was really happy and ex­cited. It made me feel like I was do­ing the right thing, be­cause

I’m going to study art at uni­ver­sity.’

Head of sixth form Catherine Win­der, Abi­gail Sharples and Gary Sykes

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