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Young Archie competition

Finalists announced and on display at the Gallery 10 May to 2 June 2013

Budding artists between the ages of 5 and 18 were invited to submit a portrait for the Art Gallery of NSW’s inaugural Young Archie competition, as part of our family-focused activities for the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes 2013 exhibition.

The portrait was to be of 'a person who is special to you – someone who is known to you and plays a significant role in your life’.

There are four age categories: 5-8, 9-12, 13-15 and 16-18. The competition was judged by artist Ben Quilty, Archibald Prize winner in 2011 and now a Gallery trustee, and Victoria Collings, the Gallery’s senior coordinator of education and family programs, based on merit and originality.

Five finalists from each category are on display at the Gallery as well as here on the Gallery website. Artworks that received an honourable mention are only displayed online. One winner was chosen in each category.

Each finalist receives an ANZ money box and Archibald 13 catalogue. Each winner receives a $100 ANZ Visa Debit card, an art pack from Faber-Castell and a family pass to the upcoming Sydney moderns exhibition at the Gallery as well as an ANZ money box and Archibald 13 catalogue.

To view a slideshow, click on one of the small images first.

Slideshow ages 5-8

	WinnerLiam WilliamsonAge 7Peakhurst NSW

	I have chosen my dad because he is a special person for a good reason in my way. I have a lot of fun with me and him. We love comics, drawing, painting and cartoons of heroes. I sketched him on the couch because it is our hangout place. I think I get my passion from him. He is a generous person to me.
  • 	WinnerLiam WilliamsonAge 7Peakhurst NSW

	I have chosen my dad because he is a special person for a good reason in my way. I have a lot of fun with me and him. We love comics, drawing, painting and cartoons of heroes. I sketched him on the couch because it is our hangout place. I think I get my passion from him. He is a generous person to me.
  • 	FinalistLouisa Eve HammondAge 8Orange NSW

	I have chosen my father who has taught me how to do art. My painting wasn’t just for the competition it was for fun and that I wanted to do it for my family. My dad is special to me because he teaches me new things and takes care of me.
  • 	FinalistMaya HoganAge 7Burleigh Town QLD

	Hi I am Maya. I decided to draw my little sister. Because she just touches my heart when we play together. And I love her. Thank you very much.
  • 	FinalistTeddy KiddAge 6Hobart TAS

	My mother and baby Chloe because she would sit still.
  • 	FinalistJoseph LimAge 6Dundas Valley NSW

	My dad is special. Because he can fix our tables and chairs.
  • 	Honourable mentionSaaini BalakrishnanAge 8Lidcombe NSW

	This picture is my friend Sonya and me playing tips. We are having fun. I think that we should make friends because you can have fun, you can play a lot of games and you can be friends forever.
  • 	Honourable mentionErin Olivia Beresford PooreAge 6Marrickville NSW

	This is a portrait of my dad, Alistair. He loves birds, and now I do too. I love to draw them.
  • 	Honourable mentionEthan DaveyAge 7Bellevue Hill NSW

	I drew my dad because I love him.
  • 	Honourable mentionSamuel FowlieAge 7Kensington NSW

	I have chosen my sister Elizabeth for a reason that is that I love her.
  • 	Honourable mentionElizabeth FowlieAge 5Kensington NSW

	I have chosen my mum because I like her singing and I love her.
  • 	Honourable mentionSian GerberAge 7Middle Cove NSWGrandma grandpa

	My grandparents are the one and only best grandparents. I do lots and lots of eating and they give me lots and lots of company. My grandpa lets me swim under the water. They are grandparentsy special. They’re important to me. I think they’re awesome when they talk. I think I will call them king and queen I love them so much. They’re happy when I’m happy. They’re old but wise as a clever clogs. They’re one dream to a million dreams. They’re a song that never ends in my heart.
  • 	Honourable mentionCatherine LimAge 6Dundas Valley NSW

	My mum is special because she teaches me art and she is kind, caring and fabulous and she likes flowers so much.
  • 	Honourable mentionKeana O’NeillAge 8Malabar NSW

	I have chosen my good friend Charlie. We do art classes together. I like going to her place. She likes animals. I drew some of her favourite animals. I didn’t draw her guinea pigs because she does not like them.
  • 	Honourable mentionQinsheng (Wendy) WangAge 7Chatswood NSW

	I chose Jessica because she is my second best friend and she has these virtues: truthfulness, care, respect, stillness, responsibility, humour and trust. She is somebody who you can rely on and we both play ‘Dragon Story’.

Slideshow ages 9-12

	WinnerArchibald HylesAge 10Bookham NSW

	I chose my dad because he always helps me with everything. He is a significant role model in my life because he is fair and funny. My dad is also very encouraging and supporting. We have lots of fun together.
  • 	WinnerArchibald HylesAge 10Bookham NSW

	I chose my dad because he always helps me with everything. He is a significant role model in my life because he is fair and funny. My dad is also very encouraging and supporting. We have lots of fun together.
  • 	FinalistParis JollyAge 12Cammeray NSWMy grandpa and Claudia

	Claudia (the cat) adores my grandpa and they are virtually inseparable. Whenever I think of Grandpa, those thoughts are incomplete without the cat. Claudia grips her claws into him like she’s saying 'you’re not taking him away from me’. I love my grandpa; he cracks me up into hysterics with his funny impersonations. He snores so loudly, it’s hilarious, so the whole family gives him heaps. I wanted to reflect that in the painting. My grandpa is an amazing person and very kind. And most of all I love him so much.
  • 	FinalistAline KiddAge 10Hobart TAS

	I have chosen to draw my mother because she helps me through things when I struggle. She packs my lunches for school and gets up to do it for me. She uses her spare time to teach me and give ideas to me about how to draw. I have drawn my mother going out to a party which she doesn’t do a lot of.
  • 	FinalistHugh MacDonaldAge 11St Ives NSW

	I depicted my great grandad James Kerr who is 96 years old. I chose him because he is an interesting man and he had five children, lots of grandchildren and even more great grandchildren. We all love his pigeons and his coal mining stories. We call him 'grandad with the birds’.
  • 	FinalistAlec LuAge 9Killara NSWMy dad

	I am proud of my dad. He is a sushi chef and owns a Japanese restaurant in Chatswood. My dad is different from the others because he makes a lot of beautiful and yummy sushi with different kinds of ingredients like rice, seafood, meat, vegetable and sauce. He also makes art with sushi and sashimi and makes it really creative. Everyone, not just some, who eat my dad’s food will have a happy smile on their face all the way home.
  • 	Honourable mentionMadison BairdAge 12Bowgowlah NSW

	This is my papa. He is my inspiration to paint. When I think of him I remember going down to his house in the bush and feeding the rainbow lorikeets that would land on our hands. Papa inspired to me paint because of his paintings and he has taught me a lot about it.
  • 	Honourable mentionHelen HwangAge 12Homebush NSW

	The person I chose to draw is my best friend Alice. I chose her because she is like a sister to me. I have so many things in common with her. She is like my other half so that is why I drew a mirror. I look at the mirror and I see her.
  • 	Honourable mentionNoah LearmonthAge 11Woollahra NSW

	My bus is the 324 which I catch almost every day to get to school. If I did not have this driver I would not be able to get to school. I am extremely grateful for his existence. I’m honoured to have the privilege to paint his unique features. This is why I have chosen him to be the subject for my painting.
  • 	Honourable mentionWendy LinAge 12North Sydney NSW

	I have chosen to depict Richard, my little brother in my portrait. He is a very inquisitive and playful nine year old. He loves reading books, doing scientific experiments, drawing, playing tennis etc. He lives in China with my dad and I miss him very much. He taught me how to be a great role model. He is wonderful to be around although sometimes he gets a bit naughty. In this drawing, he is at the border between the mainland and Hong Kong. He is waiting in the line, leaning on his suitcase and making a funny face at the camera.
  • 	Honourable mentionSophie ShirriffAge 10Belrose NSWThree eyes

	I chose to paint my brother Liam because he is the one I look up to. Liam and my cat Astro are great friends to each other and to me. With my painting I wanted to show Liam’s blue eyes and my cat’s one eye which he lost in a cat fight.
  • 	Honourable mentionDongsheng WangAge 9Chatswood NSW

	My dad because he is really nice to me. He also helps me with computer things. Once my mum was away so dad took care of us. He didn’t know how to cook so he took us to a restaurant. He cared for us very well. That’s why I drawed him.

Slideshow ages 13-15

	WinnerMax FontaineAge 13 Coogee NSW

	I picked my sister Lila, who is three. She is fun and I have lots of photos of her. Here she is actually laughing more in the photo but when I drew her it looks like she is more surprised. I liked most of all drawing her nut brown hair.
  • 	WinnerMax FontaineAge 13 Coogee NSW

	I picked my sister Lila, who is three. She is fun and I have lots of photos of her. Here she is actually laughing more in the photo but when I drew her it looks like she is more surprised. I liked most of all drawing her nut brown hair.
  • 	FinalistClaire BlayneyAge 14Mortdale NSW

	My grandad is someone who is very special in my life. He truly is someone to love and admire as his raw sense of humour and generosity shine throughout his life. He has suffered from a severe case of shingles for nine years and it is inspiring how he never lets the pain put barriers between those who he loves. He is such an inspirational person. He tells ‘grandad stories’ which I love and will treasure forever. I love my grandad and every time I am with him, I find myself closer to my heart.
  • 	FinalistEve Elizabeth BarnesAge 13Grass Flat VIC

	My drawing is of my pa. My pa is a great inspiration to me and my family. My pa grew up in Holland and moved to Australia to make a better life for himself. My pa is a great, loving, caring, strong man who would be happy to help anyone at any time who is in need of help. He has been through many different surgeries and somehow he is still here. In our family he is known as a cat with nine lives; in other words 'he is a miracle’. I love my pa so much and that is the reason why I drew my pa.
  • 	FinalistRebecca MifsudAge 13Werrington Downs NSW

	I chose to portray my uncle Frank beside a Batman suit as it symbolises the two things I love: family and fantasy. Like Batman, my uncle is brave, believes firmly in justice and is a strong role model. My uncle Frank and Batman share many things like their morals and beliefs and that is why I chose to depict them both in my artwork.
  • 	FinalistLucille MolineuxAge 13Petersham NSW

	Ronin Kelly is a very special family friend who tragically died last year from an asthma attack. Ronin and I started swimming together at the age of two – we always pushed each other to do our best. I am still a swimmer and Ronin is always with me in the water. I feel so lucky to have known him and to have shared this part of my life with him. I miss his laugh and I miss his smile but I will never forget him. Ronin is a very special member of our family.
  • 	Honourable mentionCharlton GrovesAge 15Clayfield QLD

	My grandma, Elizabeth (Beth) Gutteridge. For the past couple of years, Granny has been one of the biggest supporters of my artistic endeavours. She has always encouraged me to paint and has been the supplier for my paint and paper. Granny is also the kindest and most loving person I know and has always been here for me. I made this painting to show her how much I love her and appreciate her.
  • 	Honourable mentionCasey Nicholls-BullAge 15Belmont VIC

	The beautiful woman in this picture is the kindest, strongest, and most loving lady I know. I painted her because I love her, and because she has the sweetest smile. I couldn’t ask for a more wonderful mama.
  • 	Honourable mentionAlexandra Shute Age 14Menai NSW

	My portrait is a pencil drawing of my grandma. I chose to depict her because she’s a very special woman with a beautiful soul and one who’s close to all our hearts. I aimed to represent life and happiness with the vivid colours and bold shapes I used as she’s been lacking it lately. With the recent death of my grandpa and her husband of 52 wonderful years I thought it’d be nice to bring back the cheerful quality my grandma once had, even if it’s in an artwork.

Slideshow ages 16-18

	WinnerAngela YangAge 17Riverwood NSW

	I have chosen to draw my neighbour Frank. None of my grandparents are alive or in Australia so I have always felt that Frank and his partner Nancy have been the elderly figures in my life. Despite his age, Frank has always had the time to crack a joke, give a smile and ask how the chokos are growing out the back, and for that reason, I have decided to draw him.
  • 	WinnerAngela YangAge 17Riverwood NSW

	I have chosen to draw my neighbour Frank. None of my grandparents are alive or in Australia so I have always felt that Frank and his partner Nancy have been the elderly figures in my life. Despite his age, Frank has always had the time to crack a joke, give a smile and ask how the chokos are growing out the back, and for that reason, I have decided to draw him.
  • 	FinalistLisa CarrettAge 16Baulkham Hills NSW

	I’ve drawn my dad basically because he’s my hero. He is a single parent who looks after two crazy teenagers by himself. He is strong and brave-faced even in the tougher times but also has a great sense of humour and has taught me through his approach to life – never give up. I think anyone as inspiring as Paul Carrett deserves recognition as the hero they are.
  • 	FinalistAlyanna Janica LumaguiAge 17Earlwood NSW

	I have chosen to paint my grandma, Lydia Lopez Lumagai. She is the strongest woman I know and I will always look up to her. Everything she has gone through in her life, everything she has lost in her life are countless, yet she is standing tall with a smile on her face. She cherishes everything in life, just like the gold necklace on her neck which was given to her from her high school boyfriend. My grandma is just a really inspiring, loving, caring person who I will always love.
  • 	FinalistLouise Yuan LuoAge 16Hornsby NSW

	Ever since the day I was crafted in my mother’s womb, my mother’s heart and hands have both assembled to flood me with such abundant love. Not only that, she has also sacrificed so much for her loved ones and has always, always been on the lookout for those around her. Therefore, I chose to depict by beautifully loving mother, as she has undoubtedly played one of the biggest influences in my life.
  • 	FinalistLily SantamariaAge 18East Launceston TAS

	This painting is of my mum. Mum and I are similar in many ways, particularly in the fact that we are both dyslexic. We both struggled to learn to read and neither of us spell well at all. My portrait of Mum includes many of the common mistakes we both make when writing, reading and speaking. Mum always understands my frustration I feel within my own dyslexia and I look up to her for the determination to keep trying. Also, Mum is the most loving, caring mum ever!!
  • 	Honourable mentionIzzy La MacchiaAge 18St Lucia QLDConsumption

	Our childhood is a wonderland that consumes us. I watched as my brother, eight years younger, was devoured by his toys. Depicting Nathan in a school photo style portrait, it allowed me to capture his typical squinting right eye, beautiful brown eyes, missing tooth and his forced awkward smile. In the world he would prefer, his vividly coloured toys cling to him; threatening to pull him from reality, away from me, into that world I remember being perpetually lost in.
  • 	Honourable mentionLauren McDonaldAge 17Empire Bay NSW

	Maddi Quail-Gates is my best friend. We aren’t the type that spends every day in each other’s pockets, or need reassurance that we’re friends. We know it. Maddi is one of the most inspirational people I’ve ever met. She’s incredible smart and talented but sometimes she can’t see it. So if one ballpoint drawing of her can make her see how amazing she is, the cramping hands and stains are well worth it. Maddi is my best friend, and the whole world should know it.
  • 	Honourable mentionMadison McGlennonAge 17Paddington NSW

	I chose my older sister, Georgia, as my subject as she is someone that I have always looked up to. Recently graduating from high school, she has moved overseas, away from the comfort of her Sydney bubble, looking at her future opportunities. This portrait represents freedom through nature and illustrating her small depicts the role of independence that was handed to her when choosing to move to study abroad in Edinburgh, Scotland.
  • 	Honourable mentionHayley PartingtonAge 16Hovea WA

	My portrait is of a young Cambodian boy named Pout. I met him at a Cambodian orphanage called Sunshine House. He was found in one of Cambodia’s many slums with his older sister Naroath caring for him. He was the most beautiful spirit, as he is constantly smiling, laughing and playing. Pout is a huge inspiration to me and to everyone and he truly reflects how wonderful life is.
  • 	Honourable mentionGrace SunAge 16Carlingford NSW

	Katherine Erickson; my support, my confidante and, above all, the first and one of the truest friends I have ever known. To Katie, I say this: you are kinder and more beautiful than all the colours of the world could show, although I have tried. You came into my world as I was anxious and small, and showed me that it is not alone which protects us, but friends.
 
Principal sponsor ANZ
Art pack donated by
Faber Castell

Thanks to everyone for entering. There were over 460 entries and the standard was high. If you weren’t selected as one of the finalists and you supplied an envelope for the return of your artwork, please be patient as it will take some time to mail them all back. Congratulations to the following young artists.

Finalists and winners

Aged 5-8

Liam Williamson
Age 7
Peakhurst NSW
Winner

Louisa Eve Hammond
Age 8
Orange NSW

Maya Hogan
Age 7
Burleigh Town QLD

Teddy Kidd
Age 6
Hobart TAS

Joseph Lim
Age 6
Dundas Valley NSW

Aged 9-12

Archibald Hyles
Age 10
Bookham NSW
Winner

Paris Jolly
Age 12
Cammeray NSW

Aline Kidd
Age 10
Hobart TAS

Hugh MacDonald
Age 11
St Ives NSW

Alec Lu
Age 9
Killara NSW

Aged 13-15

Max Fontaine
Age 13
Coogee NSW
Winner

Eve Elizabeth Barnes
Age 13
Grass Flat VIC

Claire Blayney
Age 14
Mortdale NSW

Rebecca Mifsud
Age 13
Werrington Downs NSW

Lucille Molineux
Age 13
Petersham NSW

Aged 16-18

Angela Yang
Age 17
Riverwood NSW
Winner

Lisa Carrett
Age 16
Baulkham Hills NSW

Alyanna Janica Lumagui
Age 17
Earlwood NSW

Lily Santamaria
Age 18
East Launceston TAS

Louise Yuan Luo
Age 16
Hornsby NSW

Honourable mentions

Aged 5-8

Saaini Balakrishnan
Age 8
Lidcombe NSW

Erin Olivia Beresford Poore
Age 6
Marrickville NSW

Ethan Davey
Age 7
Bellevue Hill NSW

Samuel Fowlie
Age 7
Kensington NSW

Elizabeth Fowlie
Age 5
Kensington NSW

Sian Gerber
Age 7
Middle Cove NSW

Catherine Lim
Age 6
Dundas Valley NSW

Keana O’Neill
Age 8
Malabar NSW

Qinsheng (Wendy) Wang
Age 7
Chatswood NSW

Aged 9-12

Madison Baird
Age 12
Bowgowlah NSW

Helen Hwang
Age 12
Homebush NSW

Noah Learmonth
Age 11
Woollahra NSW

Wendy Lin
Age 12
North Sydney NSW

Sophie Shirriff
Age 10
Belrose NSW

Dongsheng Wang
Age 9
Chatswood NSW

Aged 13-15

Charlton Groves
Age 15
Clayfield QLD

Casey Nicholls-Bull
Age 15
Belmont VIC

Alexandra Shute
Age 14
Menai NSW

Aged 16-18

Izzy La Macchia
Age 18
St Lucia QLD

Lauren McDonald
Age 17
Empire Bay NSW

Madison McGlennon
Age 17
Paddington NSW

Hayley Partington
Age 16
Hovea WA

Grace Sun
Age 16
Carlingford NSW