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YOUNG ARTIST AT LAMBETH ACADEMY SHORTLISTED IN INTERNATIONAL ART COMPETITION

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YOUNG ARTIST AT LAMBETH ACADEMY SHORTLISTED IN INTERNATIONAL ART COMPETITION

Scarlett Tester, a talented young artist at Lambeth Academy is in the running to take home the top prize at United Learning’s International Art Competition after her work was selected from 57 entries for the final shortlist.

The art competition, now in its 14th year, challenges students aged between 15 and 18 across the Group to draw, print or paint an original piece of artwork and submit a high-quality digital photograph of the piece. Those students who finish in the final four are given the opportunity to have their work displayed at Tokyo’s celebrated International High School Arts Festival, whilst the winner receives an all-expenses paid trip to Japan to see their piece exhibited in person.

Having progressed through the first two rounds of judging,  Scarlett is one of ten students across the country to see her work be shortlisted.

Scarlett said this about her piece, which is acrylic on board:

“My piece is a portrait of Mercurial which is reflective of the impact self-harm has on individuals.  She is presented in a disossiative state and I have made her to look almost angelic, in spite of her pain.  The colours outside of the blood show that she is not fully present with her surroundings and the blood symbolises a relief from the pain.”

Speaking of her achievement, Scarlett said:

“This piece is personal to me and I am so glad I was able to share it and that it has been recognised.  I am grateful to my art teacher Mrs Smyth for supporting my process and application and I am excited to see who the winners are later this month.”

Mrs Lydia Smyth, Head of Art at Lambeth Academy said:

This thought-provoking piece with its vibrant colour palette and floral motifs at first belies its darker themes behind the beauty of its central figure. The expressive brush strokes, drips, and base pool of crimson against the flashes of sickly green hues within the flesh tone give this painting an uneasy sense of stillness, the calm after the storm perhaps. 

Scarlett's skill as an artist is to connect with her audience in a way that makes you stop, look and look again. She challenges the viewer to probe and ask questions about the subjects in her work and not just see them as 2D objects in a pretty painting. They draw you in, you feel empathy towards them. You want to get to know them. 

This piece was made specifically for the United Learning International Art Competition 2022 and gave Scarlett the freedom to move away from her A-Level coursework themes and use more experimental, looser painting techniques whilst exploring the taboos of the human condition. I'm so glad she decided to enter the competition and very proud of what she has achieved here.”

All ten pieces will now go before United Learning’s Executive Team and a panel of professional artists who will have the difficult task of voting for their favourite artwork. The winners and three runners-up will be announced via social media on 17th March.


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