Four budding artists have been announced as the winners of this year’s Young Archies.
The junior version of the Archibald Prize is now in its fifth year and calls on children aged between five and 18 to submit portraits of someone who is special to them and plays a significant role in their lives.
This year, judges assessed more than 2,000 entries from across Australia with 20 selected as the finalists in the four age categories.
The youngest winner, eight-year-old Poppy Barnes from Victoria won for her self-portrait, which also included her toy penguin, Penguini.
She decided to do a self-portrait so she could draw her “mice in the background”.
Her mother, Penny Barnes says Penguini is a lucky omen, after Poppy won the toy seven years ago in a colouring-in competition.
“I was proud when she did it because she spent so many hours on every little detail. It’s just the icing on the cake because that’s all she does — draw.”
Guest judge artist Abdul Abdullah said he was bowled over by the high standard of the work.
“What I was looking for was a sophisticated approach. A sophisticated application of paint, a sophisticated way of expressing an idea. And there’s an amazing amount of sophistication in these works.”
Nine-year-old Claire Shin from Ermington, NSW, won her age category with a portrait of her cousin.
“I drew my cousin because my other cousin died, and her smile made us happy again. It helped me a lot,” she said.
Jessica Thompson’s finalist entry in the Young Archie 2017 competition, Eva. (Young Archie 2017: Jessica Thompson)
Jessica Thompson, 14, won the 13-15 year-old category for a painting of her sister while 18-year-old Chantelle Que painted her mother.
“I did it to show gratitude to her for everything she’s done for me and all her support,” Ms Que said.
She is now studying illustration at TAFE and hopes to one day produce a children’s book.
Chantelle Que’s winning entry was a portrait of her mother. (Young Archie 2017: Chantelle Que)