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    Brave New WorldAuthor(s): Mary McAleeseSource: Irish Arts Review (2002-), Vol. 21, 50th Anniversary of the Texaco Children's ArtCompetition (2004), pp. 12-15Published by: Irish Arts ReviewStable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25503151 .Accessed: 18/06/2014 11:23

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    artworks from this year's Texaco Children's Art

    Competition and the An Post suite of stamps unveiled

    by President Mary McAleese


    The Texaco Children's Art Competition has traditionally yielded a bumper crop

    of artistic talent. The 50th anniversary

    year 2004 was no exception.

    Unassuming seventeen-year-old Niamh Fanning

    was thrilled when she heard that she had been cho

    sen outright winner of the 50th Texaco Children's

    Art Competition (Fig 1). They rang my mother just before I came home from school,' Niamh relates, 'I

    was really shocked and I didn't believe her.'

    A pupil at Malahide Community School, the

    emerging artist, like most children, enjoyed dabbling

    with paints and drawing from a very early age.

    Although her Mum recalls winning a postal order

    from Blaithin in the Irish Press (which ran one of our

    first children's art columns), the Fannings do not lay claim to being especially artistic themselves.

    Niamh has always been something of an all-rounder and never neglected her academic subjects. But her artistic tal

    ent has shone through. Her prize-winning painting Down the Hill, a striking photo-realistic pastel portrait of her uncle

    and cousin, displays quite exceptional ability in one so young, and has won widespread admiration. Her Texaco prize

    included a 1,000 commission for the UTV Young Artist Collection, for which she chose to paint a portrait of popu

    lar television personality, Gerry Kelly.

    Fourteen-year-old Edgar Grunewald from Drumshambo, Co Leitrim, used a special pas

    tel technique for his award-winning Pools of Reflection -

    Ha'penny Bridge (Fig 2). Edgar is no

    stranger to art success; indeed, he won a certificate of merit from watercolourist Frank Clarke

    of'Simply Painting' at the tender age of just four years. His German-born father, Rainer Bodo

    Grunewald (who is an accomplished painter) has encouraged his son's development from the

    outset. Edgar spent the summer at the Manorhamilton Sculpture Centre working in bronze.

    His father says that the Texaco Children's Art Competition has given a real boost to the

    gifted youngster who is already setting his sights on a future career as an art teacher.

    Ailish Fitzpatrick from Kilrush Community School in Co Clare created a still-life painting. Her Fish on a Dish shows considerable talent for a thirteen year old and she scooped top prize

    in her category for 2004 (Fig 6). From an early age, Ailish loved playing about with pens and

    markers. Ailish has entered a number of Competitions already, notably taking first place in

    the Clare 6k Limerick Credit Union Chapter Arts Competition. Following her Texaco

    1 NiAMH Fanning

    Down the Hill 2004

    pastel 61 x 78cm

    (Overall winner)

    2 Edgar Grunewald

    Pools of Reflection

    Ha'penny Bridge 2004 pastel 75 x 56cm

    3 Victoria Farnan

    Flowers in my Garden 2004

    collage 48.5 x 60cm



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  • President unveils new postage

    stamps by Texaco Young Artists

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    postage stamps featuring the pictures of four Texaco Children's

    Art award winners were unveiled by President Mary McAleese to mark

    the 50th anniversary celebrations.

    An Post Chairperson Margaret McGinley and Texaco Country Chairman

    Paul Martin joined President McAleese in congratulating the four young artists whose work was chosen to adorn the new stamps, issued by An Post.

    Dream Catcher, a colourful illustration of a frog by Daire Lee (age eleven) of Gael Scoil na Cille, Ashbourne, Co Meath appears on a 48 cent

    stamp while a 60 cent stamp features Marmalade Cat by Cian Colman (age

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    seven) of Skerries Art

    School, Co Dublin.

    A 65 cent stamp shows

    Killeshin by Daire O'Rourke

    (age thirteen) of St Mary's

    Academy, Carlow and the 1

    denomination features Fish

    on a Dish by Ailish Fitzpatrick

    (age thirteen) of Kilrush

    Community School, Co Clare.

    Speaking after the event,

    An Post Chairperson Margaret

    McGinley said that it was great honour to have President Mary McAleese

    unveil the colourful new postage stamps. The President paid tribute to

    the four young Texaco Children's Art Award winners: The technical skill

    and vibrancy of these young artists' pictures is truly inspirational and

    these stamps will be impressive ambassadors for Ireland, as they travel

    far from these shores on postcards,

    envelopes and parcels and as they take their place in stamp collections

    the world over.'

    As well as the individual stamps, a

    First Day Cover ( 3.48) and a presen tation pack ( 5.00) containing back

    ground information about the history of the Texaco Children's Art

    Competition in Ireland may be viewed

    and purchased at the Philatelic

    Bureau in Dublin's GPO, online at

    www.irishstamps.ie or by telephone at

    (+353 1)7057400.


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    success, the young artist was a special guest at the Tigh

    Fili Arts Festival in Cork organised under the Eurochild

    International Festival Programme 2004. Ailish read a

    poem at the festival and launched an exhibition of Texaco

    Children's Art which featured the top twenty-one win

    ners of this year's Competition.

    Fourteen-year-old Victoria Farnan, a pupil at The

    Presentation Secondary School in Galway City, was

    another first prize-winner in her category for her colourful

    Flowers in my Garden (Fig 3). So too were Dylan McKeon

    (age eight), St Mary's BNS, Haddington Road, Dublin 4

    for Let Sleeping Wolves Lie (Fig 10) and Cian Keogh (age

    eleven), Brushstrokes Art School, Fairview, Dublin 3 for

    Head 1? (Fig 9)

    The top prize-winners are, of course, only part of the

    story as any perusal of the overall Texaco Children's Art

    Competition awards list shows clearly. Kathy Ann

    Murphy from Arklow (age eight), has been a runner-up in

    the Texaco Competition on no less than three occasions,

    this time for a still-life of flowers (Fig 11). Kathy Ann

    attends St Michael's National School in Arklow and has

    been colouring since she was just three years of age. Her

    mother Sally Anne, says that her daughter was thrilled to

    win her prizes, adding that meeting the President of

    Ireland was the real highlight.

    Thirteen-year-old Daire O'Rourke from Carlow won

    a third place prize in his category for an oil pastel land

    scape called Killeshin (Fig 4). He took fourth place last

    year with a self-portrait and has been much encouraged by

    his success to date?particularly so as his latest work was

    selected as one of the four 2004 images chosen for the lat

    est suite of Texaco Children's Art stamps. Daire studies

    art under teacher Brigid O'Hara at St Mary's Academy,


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  • Carlow and also attends a weekly art class with locally

    based Michelle Dempsey. He is now learning how to

    apply oils with his aunt Lily O'Rourke, a local painter

    with the Barrow Valley Art Group.

    Eleven-year-old Daire Lee, The Ward, Co Dublin was

    also thrilled to see his pastel image Dream Catcher (third

    in its category) c