16 year-old’s winning image in the Hunt Museum

Anne Sheridan

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Anne Sheridan

Coleman by 16-year-old Shania McDonagh is on display in the Hunt Museum until July 13
SHE IS one of the youngest artists ever to have her work featured in Limerick’s Hunt Museum - not once, but twice.

SHE IS one of the youngest artists ever to have her work featured in Limerick’s Hunt Museum - not once, but twice.

The award-winning drawing by 16-year-old Shania McDonagh from Mayo has been unveiled in Limerick, following her headline-grabbing success in the Texaco Children’s Art Competition this year.

Known for her extremely detailed portraits, she won first prize in her age category for the past four years, but it was her portrait entitled “Coleman” that finally won her the top prize.

She saw a photograph by James Fennell of the man in the Vanishing Ireland book and drew a close-up facial study in pencil with such detail that many people have said that it is hard to believe it’s not a photograph.

Interestingly, both Shania and James had their work featured in the Hunt in two separate exhibitions in 2011.

Now in its 60th year, the competition which has an annual entry of up to 50,000 works, has become an institution among school children and teenagers across the country.

Judging panel chairman Prof Declan McGonagle, director of the National College of Art & Design, said her work has established her “as one of the most talented artists of her generation, and one whose skill could see her become one of Ireland’s foremost portrait artists of the future”.

A spokesperson for the Hunt Museum said this “fantastic” work “will delight and inspire viewers”.