By Lucinda Garbutt-Young
Winners were announced this week for the ninth Young Archie competition hosted at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
The contest, inspired by the esteemed Archibald Prize, invites children from 5-18 years of age to submit their portraits. A winner is picked for each of four categories (5-8 years, 9-12 years, 13-15 years, 16-18 years).
“These artists are all special. They have used materials creatively, genuinely and fearlessly,” guest judge Ramash Mario Nithiyendran said in a release.
Over 2100 entries were submitted nationally this year, featuring family members and famous inspirations.
Luanda Lucia Perlstone Monroy of Maroubra won the 9-12 year old category for the work My Hulk Brother. The pencil image depicts the nine-year-old’s little brother with figurative green skin and blue hair.
“I love my brother Leon. He is five years old and I chose to paint him because I find him very funny and interesting. He has a fascination for the Hulk and he plays the role almost all day, making angry faces and noises,” said the young artist on AGNSW’s website.
The work is simple yet compelling. It uses shading on the face and emphasises on the eyes. Connection between the siblings is clear
“I really wanted to catch him and his Hulk personality with his toys,” Luanda said.
Siblings featured heavily amongst the winners. 15-year-old Jacqueline Qin of Pymble also won with her work, My Sister.