Local Chepstow lad's work shown in top London gallery exhibition for young artists
Last modified: 03 September 2012
A local lad from Chepstow is one of three promising young artists from across the UK, who has been named 2012 winners in the RSPB Wildlife Explorers annual ‘Wild Art’ competition.
Elliot Dunsbee, aged seven of Chepstow won the under-8’s age category. His winning picture displayed at the annual exhibition of the Society of Wildlife Artists in London’s ‘The Mall Galleries’ from 1st to 11th November, 2012. The other two winners were Juliette Lemoine (15) of Glasgow and Lachie Fingland (12) of Callander.
Hundreds of young people aged 19 and under entered this year’s competition with paintings, drawings and collages of the wildlife and wild places that means the most to them.
Carly Jenkins, RSPB Cymru Youth and Education officer said: ‘We were really impressed with the way all the entrants in the Wild Art competition managed to capture and express a special moment between themselves and the wild.
‘For some of the entrants this will be the start of a lifelong relationship with the natural World, which will ignite their desire to protect and champion the best of UK wildlife for us all to enjoy in the future.’
Elliot Dunsbee whose painting of a woodland scene at Whitestone, which overlooks the Wye Valley said; ‘I’m really pleased I won. I thought my painting looked very real and I liked doing it. It has an owl in it because owls and other hunting birds are my favourites.’
As well as being exhibited in London, the artists will see their work published in the RSPB’s junior membership magazines and have received gift vouchers for art supplies.
Find out more about getting young people interested in nature and wildlife at http://www.rspb.org.uk/youth/ or to plan a visit to the exhibition go to http://www.mallgalleries.org.uk
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