Past And Present Princethorpe Artists Awarded Top Honours In National Competition

Princethorpe College Sixth Form Art Student Selin Hassan and Old Princethorpian Ellie Garden have accumulated a total of two first prizes and one second prize in the ISA National Art Competition 2016. Selin, following in her older sister Samira’s footsteps (who also won prizes for both her Drawing and Painting) and Ellie stole the show in the Regional leg of the competition which this year was held in the Chapel at Princethorpe.

Toe-curling images of family members portrayed in the most acute detail and unique background stories embellish both Selin and Ellie’s artwork.

Selin’s love of faces is developed in her acrylic painting ‘Generations’ which highlights the difference between mother and daughter, and is painted in photo realistic detail showing every wrinkle and line. Selin has tackled the subject matter sensitively and the work has an intriguing aesthetic. Her use of colour and light absorbs the eye as you move between the generations noting that each wears the thread of a silver necklace, belonging to Selin’s grandmother – iterating the female bond over the years. With the Key Stage 4 2D Art category being the most fiercely sought after it is a real tribute to Selin’s skill with the brush that she was awarded first place at national level.

Ellie’s artwork ‘Control’ tackles the prickly subject matter of eating disorders and the control this has over someone’s life. It is a positive piece showing someone who is winning the fight with their disorder. Painted on un-primed canvas, the work has a beautiful sensitive quality to it. The regional judges were blown away by Ellie’s not one but two canvases, proving going the extra mile can really benefit you in the long run. Ellie not only received 2nd place in the Key Stage 5 2D Art Category, but also 1st place for her Unit 3 Coursework sketchbook again in the Key Stage 5 Category.

Comments, Paul Hubball, Head of Art, “Both girls worked extensive long hours perfecting brush strokes and colours, they are extremely worthy winners of their national titles and should be justly proud of their achievement.”

Special mention also goes to Josh Tidd and Sebastien Shaw (Year 9) for making it through to the ISA National Art Competition with their computer animation ‘Cher Frere Blanc’ and receiving first in their category.

Above Image: Selin and 'Generations'

Below Images: Ellie's 'Control'