Young Duncraig artists win top prize in state art competition


Joanne Le (16) with Shaun Tan.
Charlotte Penn (9) and Finn Ralls (6) with Shaun Tan.
Young Duncraig artists win top prize in state art competition
Joanne Le (16) with Shaun Tan. Charlotte Penn (9) and Finn Ralls (6) with Shaun Tan.

TWO aspiring young artists from a Duncraig school have won top prizes in a State art competition.

Six-year-old Finn Ralls won the lower primary category at this year’s Shaun Tan Award for Young Artists competition and fellow Poynter Primary School student Charlotte Penn (9) was awarded second place in the middle primary section.

A judging panel comprising local artists, illustrators and educators commended Finn’s oil pastel artwork Colourful Me for its use of bright colours, which contrast with the subject’s facial expression and praised Charlotte’s Fishing for a New Cat work created using acrylic, oil pastel and pencil, saying she could become an illustrator.

In the upper secondary category, 16-year-old Joanne Le from Ashdale Secondary College won second prize for her artwork Motorbike Frog, done in ballpoint pen.

Judges called her hatching and texture technique “phenomenal” and said the piece was confident, graphic and strong.

_Perth-born artist Shaun Tan, who won an Oscar for his animated short film _The Lost Thing_ in 2011, presented the students with their awards and said he was impressed by all the entries.

“There are sheer idiosyncrasies and a quirkiness in this exhibition that you probably won’t see elsewhere,” he said.

Finalists’ artwork are on display at Subiaco Library until August 14_ or can be viewed online at subiaco.wa.gov.au/shauntanaward.