Prendiville Catholic College student’s flair for art sees work picked for Joondalup exhibition

Christopher Hummel (Year 11) with some of his artwork. Picture: Martin Kennealey d483494
Christopher Hummel (Year 11) with some of his artwork. Picture: Martin Kennealey d483494

CHRISTOPHER Hummel’s passion for painting will see his work on display at an upcoming art exhibition.

Christopher is a Year 11 student with autism who studies at Prendiville Catholic College’s Endeavour Centre.

He has had a keen interest in painting since he was nine years old and has developed a passion for painting trains in recent years, with inspiration coming from his fascination for cities throughout the world.

“In particular, he is very knowledgeable about the different series of trains and the varying graffiti art found on them in different cities,” teacher Sara George said.

“His favourite is the A series in Perth.”

Ms George said with more than 90 completed canvases, Christopher’s portfolio was impressive.

“He has a regimented routine of painting each night and selecting his chosen work from the internet each weekend,” she said.

“In addition, he paints at school and at any given opportunity.

“Apart from the satisfaction of completing a piece of art, his routine of painting is a necessary process to alleviate his anxiety.

“He feels a great sense of accomplishment when he is able to view his work, which is on display at the Prendiville Gallery located within the school grounds.”

Christopher Hummel.

Now his displays are expanding with three pieces in the City of Joondalup’s annual Community Art Exhibition at Lakeside Joondalup Shopping City from June 10 to 22.

The exhibition offers a range of non-acquisitive awards including the overall Most Outstanding Award with a prize of $1500, the best painting, works on paper, photomedia and textiles awards with prizes of $1000 each and the Arts in Focus, Celebrating Joondalup, Student and Popular Choice awards.

Some of Christopher’s work has also been submitted for possible selection in the annual meta exhibition at North Metropolitan Tafe, which showcases work by Year 11 and 12 students across WA.

The exhibition runs from August 1 to 18 in Northrbidge.

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