Young artists from Stockport primary schools joined us with their proud families for an exhibition of their stunning entries to our portrait competition, held in association with Brewin Dolphin and judged by Mark Demsteader, one of Britain’s most accomplished figurative painters.
Mark Demsteader, who has painted the likes of model Erin O’Connor and actor Emma Watson, joined us to speak to the children and help judge the competition, won by Michael from Torkington Park for his lifelike self-portrait “that used pastel to beautifully capture skin tones”.
Jessica from Forest Park and Annelena from The Ryleys were both named as runners-up and, along with Michael, took home professional art sets for themselves and vouchers for their school art departments, while every entrant also received a goodie-bag filled with supplies.
Before the winners were announced, the nine and 10-year-olds all had chance to admire each other’s work on display and join in with a practical printmaking session led by staff and our own A-level artists.
Head of Art and Design at Stockport Grammar Mr Richard Davies was “hugely impressed” with what he saw on the night, telling the children that:
When I came round to look at the work after it had been mounted on the boards, I was immediately struck by, not only the quality of the work, but also by the range of media, techniques and influences that had been used.
As well as painting and drawing, we have oil pastel work, collage, collagraphs and monoprints and it is clearly evident that artists as varied as Picasso, Archimboldo and Lowry have all been researched and understood in the development of the work. I spent a long time going to and fro examining everything and I can honestly say that I was hugely impressed with what I saw.
Thank you to all our entrants, Mark Demsteader and Brewin Dolphin for all helping to make the competition possible.