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Monday 5 December 2016

A family affair ... meet three generations of Texaco Children's Art winners

Lochlan King with his painting ‘Night Shift’ is joined by his grandmother Joan King; who entered the very first Competition 61 years ago and his father Julian who entered in 1976 at the 61st Texaco Children’s Art Competition Awards Ceremony in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham.
Lochlan King with his painting ‘Night Shift’ is joined by his grandmother Joan King; who entered the very first Competition 61 years ago and his father Julian who entered in 1976 at the 61st Texaco Children’s Art Competition Awards Ceremony in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham.
Ruben O'Grady
Fay Hessian Jordan (Rathgar, Dublin 6) at the 61st Texaco Children’s Art Competition Awards Ceremony in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham
Roisin Morgan (Rathoath, Meath) at the 61st Texaco Children’s Art Competition Awards Ceremony in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham

Three generations of prize-winning artists gathered at this year's Texaco Children's Art Competition as the youngest recipient received his award.

Lochlann King (14), from Crumlin, picked up a special merit award in the 12-13 Years category for his drawing of a gecko entitled Night Shift.

Lochlann was joined by his dad, Julian (52) and grandmother Joan (71).

Mrs King, a retired art teacher, won a prize at the competition back in 1954, in its founding year. Her son won an award for his sculpture in 1976, which made national news at the time.

Speaking to the Herald, Mr King, a lecturer at Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art and Design said he was delighted by the family's achievement.

"It's great, it's a great family tradition now, and it's very inspirational," he said.

"Lochlann really gets joy out of his art, which is fantastic, and his football too, they're his two obsessions."

Lochlann, whose great grand-uncle was Irish artist Patrick Swift, told the Herald of his delight at finding out he had won in his category.

"I was so happy. I went and told my dad and granny and they were so happy," he said.

"I always draw at home anyway and it's just fun, it's in the blood so I didn't feel pressure."

The overall winner of this year's competition was National College of Art and Design (NCAD) student, Frances Treaner (18) who was still getting to grips with her achievement.

"I can't describe how I'm feeling. Everybody's been congratulations me all the time, it just hasn't sunk in," she said.

"I still couldn't believe it walking in today that I'm the person who won."

Over 120 children were honoured at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, presented Arts Minister Heather Humphreys.

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