Western suburbs students impress in Shaun Tan Award for Young Artists


The finalists from the 2016 Shaun Tan Award for Young Artists celebrate their win with Perth-born artist and award patron, Shaun Tan and Subiaco Mayor Heather Henderson.
The finalists from the 2016 Shaun Tan Award for Young Artists celebrate their win with Perth-born artist and award patron, Shaun Tan and Subiaco Mayor Heather Henderson.

STUDENTS from the western suburbs have impressed judges at the 2016 Shaun Tan Award for Young Artists.

The students were presented the awards by Perth-born artist and Oscar-winner Shaun Tan at Subiaco Library on July 25.

Scotch College student James Mahaffey took out first place with his water colour pencil and paint creation, Battle of the Spitfires, and nine-year-old John XXIII College student Bryn Chapman was awarded second place for his charcoal and pastel art work called I See.

Third place was awarded to Rosalie Primary School student Zac Vasiliou for a pencil portrait called My Great Grandfather.

Mr Tan said he was always impressed by the level of talent at the awards.

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

The award was judged by a panel of local artists, illustrators and educators, including James Foley, Pippa McManus, Daniela Dlugocz, Wendy Bray, Gary Adamson, Rita Basilio and Robyn Jeffreys.

The finalists’ artwork will be on display at Subiaco Library until August 14.