Young Archie 2014 competition

Winners announced. On display with finalists at the Gallery until 28 September

Budding artists between the ages of 5 and 18 were invited to submit a portrait for the Art Gallery of NSW’s second Young Archie competition, as part of our family-focused activities for the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes 2014 exhibition.

The portrait was to be of 'a person who is special to you – someone who is known to you and plays a significant role in your life’.

There are four age categories: 5-8, 9-12, 13-15 and 16-18. The competition was judged by artist Ben Quilty, Archibald Prize winner in 2011 and now a Gallery trustee, and Victoria Collings, the Gallery’s senior coordinator of education and family programs, based on merit and originality.

Five finalists from each category will be displayed at the Gallery as well as here on the Gallery website. Artworks that received an honourable mention are displayed online and at the SH Ervin Gallery in the Rocks alongside the Salon des Refusés. One winner was chosen in each category.

Each finalist receives an art pack from Faber-Castell, ANZ money box and Archibald 14 catalogue. Each winner receives a $100 ANZ Visa gift card, an art hamper from Faber-Castell and a family pass to the upcoming Pop to popism exhibition at the Gallery as well as an ANZ money box and Archibald 14 catalogue.

To view a slideshow, click on one of the small images first.

Slideshow ages 5-8

	WinnerMax Stanton Age 6Bondi Junction NSW

	I chose my sister because she giggles and laughs when I’m asleep and I have one eye opened and one eye closed. I pretend to be a Jedi with light sabers. I put her in jail because I don’t like putting people in jail that much so I wanted to do something different.
  • 	WinnerMax Stanton Age 6Bondi Junction NSW

	I chose my sister because she giggles and laughs when I’m asleep and I have one eye opened and one eye closed. I pretend to be a Jedi with light sabers. I put her in jail because I don’t like putting people in jail that much so I wanted to do something different.
  • 	FinalistKye CairnsAge 8North Epping NSW

	I chose to paint my mum because she does everything!! She packs my lunch, does a thousand chores and without her I don’t know what I’d do!! My mum is very funny and always tells me that she loves me.
  • 	FinalistBea FarleyAge 7Middle Cove NSW

	I chose to do my portrait of Jackson because he’s my big brother. He’s always happy, he’s playful, he’s very kind and really likes to do art and that’s why I like to do art too.
  • 	FinalistHarry JoungAge 5Silverwater NSW

	My mum loves me. She cooks for me and she plays with me.
  • 	FinalistLuke YoumAge 8Ermington NSW

	I have chosen my brother, Ryan. Because he is very special to me. We are twin brothers and so we do everything together and we spend time together.
  • 	Honourable mentionCameron BirkettAge 8Forestville NSW

	My grandpa because he loves me and we have fun together.
  • 	Honourable mentionLexie CoffeyAge 6Clovelly NSW

	I chose my mum because she looks after me when I feel sick and she cares for me. She gives me what I need.
  • 	Honourable mentionAshley CohenAge 8Paddington NSW

	I chose my mum because she is special in lots of different ways and I love her too because she is nice, kind, helpful and lots, lots more. I also chose her because she is part of my family and she helps me when I need help. My mum takes me on holidays to lots of different places. This picture is of my mum in Fiji.
  • 	Honourable mentionAmelie FosterAge 7Randwick NSW

	I have chosen Katia my younger sister, she is 3 years old. I chose Katia because she is very kind, caring, happy, funny and very special to me.
  • 	Honourable mentionJasper HartmannAge 5Coogee NSW

	I love art and this is my first ever portrait so I chose to do it of myself.
  • 	Honourable mentionAshton HawkinsAge 7Horsley NSW

	I chose my mummy because she is beautiful and clever.
  • 	Honourable mentionIvy LawsonAge 7Geilston Bay TAS

	I drew Charlie because Charlie is my best friend and she’s nice to me. Me and Charlie both love geography so I drew flags in the picture. I even go to Charlie’s house sometimes – but not a lot. Charlie likes reading books and drawing like me. Charlie likes playing with balls too.
  • 	Honourable mentionXanthe MartinAge 5Hornsby NSW

	I have chosen mummy because she is my best friend. Mummy looks after me and plays with me.

Slideshow ages 9-12

	WinnerCaitlin PriestleyAge 11Avoca Beach NSW

	I drew my little sister, Emma. Her wild orange curls are featured in my soft pastel artwork to show her energy and vibrant personality. Her rosy red cheeks and kind smile show her fun, excitable behaviour. I made sure to incorporate as many colours into my artwork as possible to show how unique she is.
  • 	WinnerCaitlin PriestleyAge 11Avoca Beach NSW

	I drew my little sister, Emma. Her wild orange curls are featured in my soft pastel artwork to show her energy and vibrant personality. Her rosy red cheeks and kind smile show her fun, excitable behaviour. I made sure to incorporate as many colours into my artwork as possible to show how unique she is.
  • 	FinalistElise BeldozaAge 12Dural NSW

	I have chosen my old art teacher, Liz Wilson. It was because of her, her knowledge, techniques and experiences in art (sketching) I have improved on so many levels and I am very grateful for that. I met her more than 2 years ago and along with her support, generosity and kindness there is no other person I would like to draw and represent than my teacher that changed my life.
  • 	FinalistLily Burchall-FreemanAge 11Willoughby NSW

	I will draw my mother. She plays a big role in my life, helping me with problems, taking care of me and having a good laugh! She has taught me many great things for life. She encourages me to do art and other things I love. Even the small things she does, like helping me with a project or my homework, makes a difference. She is a great mum!
  • 	FinalistMarium El-HajjAge 11Arncliffe NSW

	I have chosen my sister Leila because she is cheeky, cute, annoying and always wants her way but I will always still love her.
  • 	FinalistPaige FranksAge 10Horsley NSW

	My dad because he risks his life for others and helped me get through my mum’s cancer. I love my dad to the moon and back.
  • 	Honourable mentionElsie GillezeauAge 11Waverley NSW

	I have chosen my grandfather Bill. We are very close and he has been my inspiring role model. My grandfather has gone through many operations. He is blind in one eye and has recently had a pace maker placed on his heart. Through all these operations he has stayed calm and pretended he was fine. My grandfather is my inspiration and he always will be!
  • 	Honourable mentionGemma GrayAge 12Balgowlah NSW

	I have chosen to draw my grandfather as is very special to me and I love him with all my heart. He is kind and unique. I have tried to depict this in my sketch.
  • 	Honourable mentionBen GreentreeAge 10Horsley NSW

	I picked my dad because we go places a lot. When we do go places we really enjoy and remember those moments.
  • 	Honourable mentionMin Jun JoAge 11Eastwood NSW

	I chose my grandpa because he is generous, kind and also because he cares about me and my family. His favourite plant is chilli. I get sad because he grows more white hair. However, I still love him from the moon and back, even though he gets angry sometimes. I ♥ u grandpa!
  • 	Honourable mentionDaniel RiceAge 11Manly NSW

	The person I drew in my portrait was my grandfather Russell. He died when I was two but I still slightly remember him. I chose him because he loved me very much and sometimes said some funny jokes. He also had a very interesting life living on a farm. I look up to him and that is why I drew him.
  • 	Honourable mentionLauren ZhangAge 9Fairlight NSW

	My big brother Steven is nice to me. He gives me lollies, watches cartoons with me and helps me with my homework. He talks softly to me and explains things to me when dad and mum get too busy with other stuff.

Slideshow ages 13-15

	WinnerMario SukkarAge 15Granville NSW

	I have chosen my brother as the subject of my painting, because he is funny and cool and cute. He always makes everyone laugh by his jokes. I wanted to show his true personality by the expression on his face. The name of the picture: Caught eating in the night.
  • 	WinnerMario SukkarAge 15Granville NSW

	I have chosen my brother as the subject of my painting, because he is funny and cool and cute. He always makes everyone laugh by his jokes. I wanted to show his true personality by the expression on his face. The name of the picture: Caught eating in the night.
  • 	FinalistClaire BlayneyAge 15Mortdale NSW

	My little sister never fails to fill me with joy and simply makes me smile. Her infectious belly laugh, along with her warm heart, strong morals and her beloved 'Piggy’ create the person she is; the person I never fail to love. There is never a point in time that I am not both thankful and honoured to call Emma my sister, who will always be more than just a sister to me.
  • 	FinalistSamantha GregoryAge 14Croydon Park NSW

	My artwork depicts my older brother, Taylor. Regardless of Taylor being my half-brother, he has never made me feel like a stranger and has always supported me from the very beginning of my endeavours. Taylor has always been there for me despite our six-year age gap and the distance between us, I can always find home with him. From Taylor I have learnt, and continue to learn, the true meaning of family.
  • 	FinalistAngelica PettarasAge 15South Coogee NSW

	I paint people who are important to me to show them they’re appreciated. Yiayia’s especially special; this is the message on the back for her: ‘Dear Yiayia, I painted this for you so that you always have a reminder of how thankful I am to have you in my life. You are an exemplary human being and I admire and love you so much. Your generosity, honesty and affection shines onto everyone around you and every person who knows you will say that no matter what you age, you’ll always be youthful in your heart. With infinite love, Angelica’.
  • 	FinalistBonnie ZhuAge 15Hurstville Grove NSW

	My grandma’s words, expressions and stories hold abundant wisdom and morals. Her past experiences have been continuously teaching me life lessons and simultaneously, inspiration and respect. The wrinkles on her face express her hardships, happiness and memories. Despite her weakened, delicate figure, she increasingly puts others before her. She offers warm hospitality to us and brings smiles to our expressions. In this ballpoint portrait, I have depicted my grandma in a field of lavender as it enabled me to illustrate her considerate and compassionate nature which has undoubtedly affected me.
  • 	Honourable mentionMadison BairdAge 13Balgowlah NSW

	I have chosen my brother Marcus. He inspires me because he is so full of life. In this artwork he is especially joyful. This is a painting of my brother feeding lorikeets, I remember the moment when one landed on his head.
  • 	Honourable mentionSophie DimitrovAge 13Collaroy Plateau NSW

	In my portrait I have chosen to depict my best friend Milly Reeve. She has always been there for me, through the tough times and good times, ever since the first day of high school when she sat with me when I was alone. She is one of the funniest, sweetest and most supportive friends I have ever had. She is always there to stand up for me and have a laugh. That is why I chose to draw Milly Reeve.
  • 	Honourable mentionAmy GuoAge 14Carlton NSW

	I chose to paint my grandpa. He is possibly the best grandpa you could ask for. My grandpa is my role model and hero. Despite his age, he conscientiously studies the English language and never stops learning. He is recognised in his community for his volunteering and enthusiasm to participate in communal events. Most of all, he has cared and nurtured me from the moment I was born. He has played such a big part in my life, and that is why I have chosen to paint him.
  • 	Honourable mentionIsabella NilssonAge 15Lyons ACT

	I have chosen to draw my grandfather Arne Nilsson. I call him FarFar in Swedish and he is very special to me. The picture I drew of him concentrating on sailing, which is his greatest passion in life.
  • 	Honourable mentionAngie WuAge 14Kingsgrove NSW

	My portrait is a simple drawing of my grandma. I chose to draw her because she is someone who means a lot to me, she is a lovely woman with a strange sense of humour. My grandma is a very kind and caring person that has always been there for me. She has been supporting my love of art ever since I was young. In this painting she looks very young and carefree which is something I love most about her.
  • 	Honourable mentionWendy YongAge 15Cammeray NSW

	I have chosen to depict my father who immigrated to Australia on one of the skilled immigrant visas. Adjusting to the new life and suffering through racial prejudice caused these deep eye bags to form. Despite this, he has cared deeply for our family and we have pulled through despite the hardships of the past.

Slideshow ages 16-18

	WinnerCarmela BartilomoAge 16Woolloongabba QLD

	I have decided to draw my little cousin. Normally when I go and visit her I am completely stressed and tired from the pressure of grade 12. She instantly brightens my day with youthful glee and her overwhelming happiness to see me. I am completely inspired by her huge imagination. She talks for hours and hours on end about nothing and everything. Most afternoons she will run onto the road and start drawing wildly colourful and creative images and be engaged for hours. In an age of technology she reminds me to treasure the simple things and embrace childhood simplicity.
  • 	WinnerCarmela BartilomoAge 16Woolloongabba QLD

	I have decided to draw my little cousin. Normally when I go and visit her I am completely stressed and tired from the pressure of grade 12. She instantly brightens my day with youthful glee and her overwhelming happiness to see me. I am completely inspired by her huge imagination. She talks for hours and hours on end about nothing and everything. Most afternoons she will run onto the road and start drawing wildly colourful and creative images and be engaged for hours. In an age of technology she reminds me to treasure the simple things and embrace childhood simplicity.
  • 	FinalistIsabella MorisonAge 16Mona Vale NSW

	My artwork is based on my little sister Sienna. I decided to draw her because I find her so fascinating, energetic and full of life. She has such a determination to learn and succeed and is very competitive. Though despite her confidence, when I watch her, I see an innocent and beautiful young girl, and this is what I hope to depict in my artwork. It combines her athletic character with her caring and vulnerable side. She reminds me of what it’s like to view the world from a child-like perspective and inspires me to live with less fear and hesitation.
  • 	FinalistPatricia OrtizAge 17Palmerston ACT

	I have chosen to depict my best friend Aaron Spina. He is, by far, the smartest, kindest, the wisest and the greatest man I’ve ever met. He taught me that we don’t have to let our worth be defined by what everyone else thinks of us, that our lives and futures are out there for the taking, that our lives are ours and ours alone. He taught me that greatness is a choice. Because of him, I am no longer afraid of tomorrow.
  • 	FinalistTony WuAge 16Gladesville NSW

	I have chosen to sketch my friend Danny, a person who plays a significant role in my life. Although he has many characteristics, I have attempted to represent Danny’s hard-working, driven nature to achieve his goals and his desire for a successful career – and I have no doubt that he will be overlooking the city in the future.
  • 	FinalistSusanna XuAge 16North Sydney NSW

	My mum is one of the strongest people I know, single handedly raising me, enduring hardships of motherhood. There was no doubt when choosing a subject for this portrait. She has always been a source of support for me.
  • 	Honourable mentionRuby Kate EdwardsAge 16Howrah TAS

	I chose to depict my close family friend Jane. She has been a huge influence in my life and supported me in a tough time. Jane has always been confident in my future, helping me to broaden my perspective and think about my actions with more consideration. She has experienced a lot in her life and remained strong in herself. She always has a beaming inner glow to her appearance. She has motivated me to perform at my best and to truly enjoy the things I do.
  • 	Honourable mentionHannah MallardAge 17Myrtle Bank SA

	My cousin Phoebe is like a sister to me. She has a cheerful smile and always makes me feel happy when I am around her. We often catch ourselves laughing at nothing and always find it hard to stop. We have a special bond that’s unbreakable.
  • 	Honourable mentionRachel RobertsAge 17Harrison ACT

	I have chosen to draw a portrait of my younger sister, Annie. We are very close and she is probably my best friend. She has wanted me to draw her for a long time, so after many awful selfies I convinced her to take a nice one. She is one of my biggest critics so by drawing her I knew I would have to try very hard to impress.
  • 	Honourable mentionWilliam XuAge 16Chatswood NSW

	My dad came to Australia knowing very little English and through hard work and tough times, he has been able to raise a family. My portrait is a token of gratitude to the sweat he has put in in bringing me and my brother up, which isn’t really easy – trust me. The words outline times he’s been through, the difficulties he’s faced and the enjoyments we’ve shared throughout my life or his life.
 
Principal sponsor ANZ
Supported by
Faber Castell

Thanks to everyone for entering. There were 1015 entries and the standard was extraordinary! If you weren’t selected as one of the finalists and you supplied an envelope for the return of your artwork, please be patient as it will take some time to mail them all back. Congratulations to the following young artists.

Winners and finalists

Aged 5-8

Max Stanton
Age 6
Bondi Junction NSW
Winner

Kye Cairns
Age 8
North Epping NSW

Bea Farley
Age 7
Middle Cove NSW

Harry Joung
Age 5
Silverwater NSW

Luke Youm
Age 8
Ermington NSW

Aged 9-12

Caitlin Priestley
Age 11
Avoca Beach NSW
Winner

Elise Beldoza
Age 12
Dural NSW

Lily Burchall-Freeman
Age 11
Willoughby NSW

Marium El-Hajj
Age 11
Arncliffe NSW

Paige Franks
Age 10
Horsley NSW

Aged 13-15

Mario Sukkar
Age 15
Granville NSW
Winner

Claire Blayney
Age 15
Mortdale NSW

Samantha Gregory
Age 14
Croydon Park NSW

Angelica Pettaras
Age 15
South Coogee NSW

Bonnie Zhu
Age 15
Hurstville Grove NSW

Aged 16-18

Carmela Bartilomo
Age 16
Woolloongabba QLD
Winner

Isabella Morison
Age 16
Mona Vale NSW

Patricia Ortiz
Age 17
Palmerston ACT

Tony Wu
Age 16
Gladesville NSW

Susanna Xu
Age 16
North Sydney NSW

Honourable mentions

Aged 5-8

Cameron Birkett
Age 8
Forestville NSW

Lexie Coffey
Age 6
Clovelly NSW

Ashley Cohen
Age 8
Paddington NSW

Amelie Foster
Age 7
Randwick NSW

Jasper Hartmann
Age 5
Coogee NSW

Ashton Hawkins
Age 7
Horsley NSW

Ivy Lawson
Age 7
Geilston Bay TAS

Xanthe Martin
Age 5
Hornsby NSW

Aged 9-12

Elsie Gillezeau
Age 11
Waverley NSW

Gemma Gray
Age 12
Balgowlah NSW

Ben Greentree
Age 10
Horsley NSW

Min Jun Jo
Age 11
Eastwood NSW

Daniel Rice
Age 11
Manly NSW

Lauren Zhang
Age 9
Fairlight NSW

Aged 13-15

Madison Baird
Age 13
Balgowlah NSW

Sophie Dimitrov
Age 13
Collaroy Plateau NSW

Amy Guo
Age 14
Carlton NSW

Isabella Nilsson
Age 15
Lyons ACT

Angie Wu
Age 14
Kingsgrove NSW

Wendy Yong
Age 15
Cammeray NSW

Aged 16-18

Ruby Kate Edwards
Age 16
Howrah TAS

Hannah Mallard
Age 17
Myrtle Bank SA

Rachel Roberts
Age 17
Harrison ACT

William Xu
Age 16
Chatswood NSW