Aspiring Beechboro animator wins Chisholm Catholic College Practical and Creative Arts Exhibition


Phillip Nguyen with his work Down to the rocks, the main prize winner at the Chisholm Catholic College Practical and Creative Arts Exhibition. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d475143
Phillip Nguyen with his work Down to the rocks, the main prize winner at the Chisholm Catholic College Practical and Creative Arts Exhibition. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d475143

ASPIRING animator Phillip Nguyen drew inspiration from a South-West art camp to win the best painting award at the Chisholm Catholic College Practical and Creative Arts Exhibition.

The Beechboro resident (17) took a month to create two pieces, Down to the rocks and Ambulate on the South West, which was recognised at the event attended by more than 300 people on October 16.

His pieces featured traditional painting techniques and warm colours with a focus on the contrast of the creature.

Phillip said he was honoured to have won an award during his last year of schooling.

“I enjoyed what people liked about my art, which is the most enjoyable part about art,” he said.

“What inspired me to paint Down to the rocks is to visualise how the South-West is supposed to be.

“It specialises in a lot of traditional areas of Western art.”

Phillip, who was also studying a Bachelor of Animation at SAE Institute Perth, said he was working on character designs for his web comic.

Deputy principal Nicole Huggins said the paintings stood out because they were “powerful and simple”.

“I think the tones were different in the piece and you could tell was not overly abstract so you could tell what you were looking at as well for an untrained art person,” she said.

“It is unique and I like how you can clearly see what he has tried to draw and what is interpreted.”

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