Wit and wisdom as young artists scoop top awards
Dublin student Vitaly Dergachev (15) spent a week working on the picture that has scooped him top prize in his age group in the Texaco Children's Art Competition.
"It's a picture using colour pencils of an owl," said a delighted Vitaly who was one of the winners announced yesterday.
The student, of Wesley College, Ballinteer, has won €450 for taking first prize in category B, which is for children aged between 14 and 15 for his picture entitled 'Wisdom.'
The talented teenager was a special merit award winner last year.
"Art is one of those hobbies I am most interested in. I really enjoy it," said Vitaly.
A prize-giving ceremony will be held in the Royal Hospital in Kilmainham next month with all 126 winners in attendance.
Sadhbh Simpson (12), from Loreto primary school, Dalkey, was also one of the winners.
The sixth class student has won second prize for her work entitled "Treehouse" in category C, which was for children aged between 12 and 13.
For her work, she made a collage using pieces from magazines and newspapers.
"I spent about five days working on it," she said.
The popular art competition has been running for 61 years now.
The top prize and overall winner this year was an 18-year-old Monaghan artist, Frances Treanor, who until her graduation last summer, was a student at St Louis Secondary School in Monaghan Town.
Her prize-winning work, a self-portrait executed in black ballpoint pen won first prize in the senior 16 to 18 age category of the competition.
Professor Declan McGonagle, the chairman of the judging panel said her work was executed "with the skill and delicacy of a master".
Frances is now studying art at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin.