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Announcing The Winners Of The 'Young Archie' 2018

Art

A frequent cry in contemporary art is ‘my five-year-old could have done that!’. But after looking at finalists in the Young Archie awards – we can report that five-year-olds are producing some SERIOUSLY impressive work!

All of the shortlisted works in the Young Archie competition beautifully capture the spirit and character of their subjects, and we have little doubt that many of these artists will be submitting their work into the ‘grown-up’ Archibald Prize in years to come.

28th July, 2018

‘Claire’ by Jessica Thompson, aged 15. Winner in the 13-15 years category. Photo – courtesy of Art Gallery NSW.

‘Polaris’ by Monique Jeacocke aged 15. Photo – courtesy of Art Gallery NSW.

‘The legendary Tina Bursill’  by Oliver Freeman, aged 13. Photo – courtesy of Art Gallery NSW.

‘Happy days’ by Lily Nicholson, aged 16. Photo – courtesy of Art Gallery NSW.

‘My pa’ by Mikah Lowenstein, aged 10. Photo – courtesy of Art Gallery NSW.

‘Norm the art teacher’ by James Camilleri, aged 9. Photo – courtesy of Art Gallery NSW.

‘Sempre’ by Hayley Steel, aged 17. Photo – courtesy of Art Gallery NSW.

‘Finley making funny faces’ by Francis Odium, aged 14. Photo – courtesy of Art Gallery NSW.

‘The child within’ by Casey Sessions, aged 16. Photo – courtesy of Art Gallery NSW.

Miriam McGarry
Saturday 28th July 2018

Now in its 6th year, the Young Archie competition celebrates the portraits of budding artists aged between five and 18. This year’s finalists are all complete superstars, and we are excited to see how this next generation of Australian artists evolve over time!

The 2018 Young Archie competition winners for each age category are:

5-8 years category: Harvey Heazlewood, 8, for his portrait of her sister.
9-12 years category: Nauen Lee, 9, for her portrait of her mother.
13-15 years category: Jessica Thompson, 15, for her portrait of her mother.
16-18 years category: Charlotte Coady, 17, for her portrait of her father.

Jessica Thompson shared some details about her painting (pictured top): ‘This is a painting of my mum Clare. Sitting on the beach, windswept and hassled by the stormy day, yet always bringing light to situations with humour and love. Love for me, support for me. She is my motivation and, more importantly, my inspiration to strive to put my all into everything I do,’ tells Jessica. ‘Her eyes say it all, this picture embodies the essence of my mum in her most raw state. Calm blues against the raging grey sky, she is stunning.’

Congratulations to the winners (and all of the shortlisted entrants, of which we have shared just a selection here!).

All Young Archie finalists are displayed at an Art Gallery of NSW exhibition held in conjunction with the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prize exhibitions, on until September 9th.

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