A self portrait in oils by Year 11 student James Attanasio of Darlington has won the Youth Art Award at the annual Darlington Arts Festival. The $100 award was sponsored by the Mundaring Bicentennial Scholarship Trust.
James (17) enjoys a challenge: he chose to do his larger than life portrait using the pointillist technique, in which the artist paints hundreds of tiny separate dots of colour, from which the viewer’s eye and mind create an image.
The award-winning artwork is painted in monochrome. ‘I liked the idea of black and white,’ James explained, ‘and creating the shades seemed like a challenge.’
Why a self portrait? ‘I was experimenting with a variety of different ideas,’ said James. ‘I wanted to do pointillism, and I wanted to do a face – and a self-portrait was probably the easiest thing to do.’
James is studying for the two-year International Baccalaureate Diploma at Treetops Montessori School in Darlington. He began drawing at around age six, and is considering taking up graphic design at university: ‘I’ve always loved art and I can’t imagine doing anything else,’ he declared.
Image (L to R): Trust Secretary Chris Durrant, James Attanasio with his award-winning portrait, and Megan Fraser, Darlington Arts Festival’s Youth Art coordinator
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