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  • Irish Arts Review Brave New World Author(s): Mary McAleese Source: Irish Arts Review (2002-), Vol. 21, 50th Anniversary of the Texaco Children's Art Competition (2004), pp. 12-15 Published by: Irish Arts Review Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25503151 . Accessed: 18/06/2014 11:23 Your use of the JSTOR archive indicates your acceptance of the Terms & Conditions of Use, available at . http://www.jstor.org/page/info/about/policies/terms.jsp . JSTOR is a not-for-profit service that helps scholars, researchers, and students discover, use, and build upon a wide range of content in a trusted digital archive. We use information technology and tools to increase productivity and facilitate new forms of scholarship. For more information about JSTOR, please contact support@jstor.org. . Irish Arts Review is collaborating with JSTOR to digitize, preserve and extend access to Irish Arts Review (2002-). http://www.jstor.org This content downloaded from 62.122.76.45 on Wed, 18 Jun 2014 11:23:04 AM All use subject to JSTOR Terms and Conditions http://www.jstor.org/action/showPublisher?publisherCode=iar http://www.jstor.org/stable/25503151?origin=JSTOR-pdf http://www.jstor.org/page/info/about/policies/terms.jsp http://www.jstor.org/page/info/about/policies/terms.jsp
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  • BRA NEV WO I children's art ?9?S- 2 0 0-4 /r/s/7 Arts Review presents a selection of the winning artworks from this year's Texaco Children's Art Competition and the An Post suite of stamps unveiled by President Mary McAleese 2 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 3 * a, I. I / 9? SPECIAL EDITION IRISH ARTS REVI E W This content downloaded from 62.122.76.45 on Wed, 18 Jun 2014 11:23:04 AM All use subject to JSTOR Terms and Conditions http://www.jstor.org/page/info/about/policies/terms.jsp
  • President unveils new postage stamps by Texaco Young Artists Gire 65c Bff??fc;? I? 00 New 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 -I _w_ 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. 0 ire 48c In.-I et:N.x 0 C% I '01" NX! Ir m " 30, " -4am (D 2004 7 e 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, 'V 1 4 I I K I S 11 A K T S R I! V I K W SPKCIAL EDITION This content downloaded from 62.122.76.45 on Wed, 18 Jun 2014 11:23:04 AM All use subject to JSTOR Terms and Conditions http://www.jstor.org/page/info/about/policies/terms.jsp
  • 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) chosen by An Post for a special Texaco Children's Art commemorative stamp (Fig 7). This was Daire's first time to enter the Texaco Children's Art Competition and it turned out to be a double celebration, as his nine-year-old sister Sarah also received a Special Merit Award. Both brother and sister said the Texaco awards presentation was 'a great day out.' Several previous Texaco Children's Art winners have gone on to make a big impact on the arts scene in later #7 years. Only time will tell whether the 2004 winners list includes names to conjure with as future art stars. But if previous experience is any guide, the 2004 roll of honour will do well in whatever career path they choose to follow. One young man who is already shaping up well for the future is fifteen-year-old Eoin O'Keeffe from Co Wexford, a Texaco Award-winner in both 2001 and 2002. Eoin's chalk portraits made an immediate impres sion and reveals an outstanding talent in one of the most demanding art forms. Eoin pays particular tribute to his Gorey Community Art School teachers Paul Doran and Mrs McCorry. On the strength of his Texaco Award, Eoin has since completed a special com mission for the UTV Young Artist Collection and a portrait of the current CEO of ChevronTexaco, Irishman Dave O'Reilly. 122 children's art ? Figs 4-7 selected as the An Post commemorative stamps to mark the 50th anniversary of the Texaco Children's Art Competition 4 Daire O'Rourke Killeshin 2004 oil/pastel 47 x 60cm 5 C?an Colman Marmalade Cat 2004 paper-strip collage 44 x 57cm 6 Ailish Fitzpatrick Fish on a Dish 2004 watercolour 75 x 57cm 7 Daire Lee Dream Catcher 2004 acrylic 47 x 57cm 11 8 Hannah Stevenson Vase of Flowers 2004 acrylic 42.75 x 57cm 9 C?an Keogh Head II2004 charcoal on brown paper 59.5 x 49cm 10 Dylan McKeon ?er Sleeping Wolves Lie 2004 chalk/pastel 61.5 x 49cm 11 Kathy Ann Murphy Still life 2004 gouache 61 x 76cm 12 Mark 0'Kelly Mark Playing 2004 collage 46.5 x 54cm SPECIAL EDITION IRISH AR'IS REVIEW. | 15 This content downloaded from 62.122.76.45 on Wed, 18 Jun 2014 11:23:04 AM All use subject to JSTOR Terms and Conditions http://www.jstor.org/page/info/about/policies/terms.jsp Article Contents p. [12] p. [13] p. 14 p. 15 Issue Table of Contents Irish Arts Review (2002-), Vol. 21, 50th Anniversary of the Texaco Children's Art Competition (2004), pp. 1-16 Front Matter Texaco Children's Art Competition: 50th Anniversary [p. 1-1] Introduction [p. 2-2] Album of Merit [pp. 3-7] Stories from the Schools [p. 8-8] Roll of Honour [pp. 9-11] Brave New World [pp. 12-15] 50th Anniversary Celebration [p. 16-16] Back Matter

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