Catholic Education students excel in Black Swan Portrait Prize

The 2015 Black Swan Youth Portraiture Prize was awarded recently, with the overall winner and a Highly Commended work both coming from WA Catholic Education students.

Ruth Loveridge, a Year 12 student at Santa Maria College in Attadale was awarded First Prize in the Year 10-12 High School section for ‘Grandad’, a portrait exploring her grandfather’s character and the impact of macular degeneration on his life.

Ruth said her striking portrait was intended to capture how her grandfather’s personal experience of life was affected by his limited vision.

'His restricted sight leads him into a world of memories where ‘little voices’ in him speak as reflections and philosophical thoughts.'

Christopher Arnold, a Year 10 student at La Salle College in Middle Swan, was the youngest finalist in the Year 10-12 category. His triptych (three part) portrait of his 100-year-old neighbour Pauline McGuinn was recognised as one of two Highly Commended works in the category.

Christopher hopes to continue pursuing his future in art, and found the experience of being involved in the Prize rewarding.

'I love portraiture, it’s probably the most challenging yet satisfying of subject matter. I would love to enter and be accepted into the Archibald Prize in the future', he said.

The Prize is open to students in Years 7-12 at schools across Australia, with 135 young artists submitting their work this year.

The exhibition, showing work from 135 young artists studying in Years 7-12 around Australia, was opened by Perth Mayor Lisa Scaffidi at Linton & Kay Gallery on St Georges Terrace in the CBD.