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Young artist h olds pencil drawing

Whiston schoolboy exhibits at London’s prestigious Royal Academy of Arts

by Alison Cornmell

Talented young artist, Nathan Holmes (16) who lives in Whiston has been selected by judges at the Royal Academy of Arts to exhibit his artwork at the world-famous art gallery and is asking for people to vote for his work in the ‘People’s Award’.

Nathan’s colour pencil drawing was selected from more than 33,000 submissions and Nathan is the only young person from Merseyside to be included in the Young Artists’ Summer Show.

Entitled Industrial Decay you can vote for his work in the People’s Award Category by clicking here

The two artists with the most votes will each receive vouchers for art materials plus a free practical workshop for their school. Voting closes on 31 August 2021 and the winners will be announced in September.

Cllr Shelley Powell, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods, said:

“Next year, during our time as Liverpool City Region Borough of Culture, we will celebrate our rich and varied culture and our residents who contribute to this heritage. Nathan’s inclusion in this exhibition is testament to the many talented people who live in Knowsley. We encourage people to vote for Nathan and we wish him every success in the exhibition and beyond.”

Nathan commented on the work: “’I photographed a wide variety of warehouses in the Dockland areas of Liverpool, and I always shot my photographs by looking up towards the sky, giving a sense of height and grandeur.

“This detailed colour pencil drawing is from one of my photographs. I was struck by the wide variety of colours and textures on the rusted metal doors and the contrast against the brickwork.

“I feel that we must always ‘look up’ and see all of the wonderful architectural features that we do not notice.’

The judges from the Royal Academy said: ”From sandwiches to cyclopes, magical sewing boxes and ships in soup, the artists featured in this, the third year of the Young Artists’ Summer Show, have astounded us once again.”