17-year-old’s detailed portrait of brother wins Texaco art prize

I think there is a pureness to it… Five awards
Lucy, a pupil at Gaelcholáiste Cheatharlach in Co Carlow who plays minor football for Co Laois, has now won five Texaco awards. Self-portraits and jellyfish
Ava Henson (11), who won top prize in her category, is another serial winner having previously taken first and second places in her category. “He has such a pretty face to draw or paint, I have done a number of portraits before.”

Her mother, Fionnuala Ballance, was an artist at the Sullivan Bluth animation studios in Dublin and ensured her children had a plentiful supply of paper and crayons at the kitchen table in their home in Luggacurren. Mother Leonie and father Dan are both National College of Art and Design (NCAD) graduates and the girls’ art supplies arrive regularly in the post courtesy of their grandfather. Even in an age of technology, children flock to paints and pencil with about 10 digital entrants in any given year. Her siblings have also accumulated prizes in a competition which continues to attract thousands of entrants every year. Like the Deegan family, the Hensons have a strong artistic spirit. Lucy’s pencil strokes won her €1,500 and a trip to Tokyo to display her work at the International Foundation for Arts and Culture. “They are still going back into very traditional means. Past winners have taken the award into careers in art and design – Graham Knuttal, Paul Costello and Robert Ballagh among them. There were 126 prizes in seven categories. This year she drew the judges’ attention for her striking self-portrait in pencil, while younger sister Esmé (8) took a special merit for her depiction of a king jellyfish. a charm,” said Bronagh Carron, Texaco marketing manager.

It is more than a decade since she secured her first special merit as a four-year-old in what has long established itself as Ireland’s greatest celebration of emerging artistic talent. Artistic talent runs deep in the Deegan family from Co Laois, who are no strangers to collecting awards. This year, 17-year-old Lucy snatched the ultimate prize as overall winner of the 63rd Texaco Children’s Art Competition. “I thought it was such a pretty photo because Tom is at his happiest in the summertime,” she said, doting on her sibling while holding the large framed portrait at the winner’s reception. Her winning piece Tom – Summer is a detailed pencil drawing of her younger brother during a family holiday at the seaside, initially captured by camera. ‘I’m not sure what it is’: Ireland’s youngest artists take centre stage

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The winners: Texaco Children’s Art Competition in its 63rd year

Texaco Children’s Art Competition in its 63rd year

The winners