Face to Face: portraits of special people
By Amanda Poland, Head of Creative Arts
From over 40 portraits, five Radford College Year 9 Visual Arts students had their portraits selected to be entered in the Young Archies competition for the 13-15-year-old category. The works and their statements were submitted to the Art Gallery of NSW on Friday 8 March. They are in the running to be selected to be exhibited online, as well as displayed at the Art Gallery of NSW, held in conjunction with the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes exhibition.
At Radford we celebrate all the portraits created by Year 9 Visual Arts students in the display in the Visual Arts rooms, which is available for viewing during College hours. The portrait subjects were chosen as they are a person who is special to them, known to the artist and who plays a significant role in their life.
An artist statement is below.
This painting is of my Grandad. Grandad has such a happy and playful personality, he brightens up any room with his laugh and crazy hand gestures. This image is from when he was surrounded by his family and grandchildren and he was in his element. The intense smiley emotion he expresses in this painting reflects his personality and I feel his warmth through the artwork itself. The way he is leaning over and looking down straight into my face captures the essence of the man and how it feels when you are actually in his presence.
Images by Mahima Gilhotra (L) and Nikita Crabb (R)
Image by Sonja Brodersen