2012 Cheshire Life's Young Artist of the Year competition

PUBLISHED: 14:35 23 November 2012 | UPDATED: 22:25 20 February 2013

Jamie Hammill’s torso sculpture

Jamie Hammill’s torso sculpture

A stunning sculpture by a Macclesfield teenager has won Cheshire Life's first Young Artist of the Year competition

Wow! What a talented bunch you are. When we launched our first ever Cheshire Life Young Artist of the Year competition 11 months ago the judges had no idea they would be quite overwhelmed by the high standard of the entries received.

The judges - established local gallery owners and artists - examined artworks by teenagers from all over the county in a huge variety of styles including watercolours, drawings and sculptures.

Head judge Malcolm Croft said: It was difficult to be surrounded by so many good pieces and clearly so much hard work and creativity had been invested. However, there was a clear winner. Jamie Hammills sculpture of a torso with a suspended heart was truly impressive. Its a work of great technical merit, yet it felt original and was thought-provoking.

The Chinese say that to make art you need to use the hand, the eye and the heart. This work had all three and literally, in the case of the heart. Jamies sculpture is quite special.

So Jamie Hammill from Macclesfield is the Cheshire Life Young Artist of the Year and wins 200 of gift vouchers from art suppliers Fred Aldous.
Four runners-up will each receive gift vouchers to the value of 100.

In second place was Ella Schultz of Cheadle for her work on paper of a man screwing up his face. Malcolm commented: This picture both impressed and intrigued the judges - a mixture of what appeared to be a computer image, ballpoint pen and paint producing a striking and saleable image, one Id happily add to my own modest art collection.

Third place went to Alexander Oliver Reade of Altrincham for his striking sculpture of a severed head. This was a fascinating piece of work that raised interesting questions and left questions unanswered which is never a bad thing in a work of art, said Malcolm.

Fourth place went to Elizabeth Lewis of Mostyn for her painting of a waterfall. A well-executed work with a clear style, said the judges.

Fifth place was awarded to Emily Hagan of Bowdon. The judges said: Emilys painting of a sparrow shows she clearly has a lot of talent.
Prize night

Winner Jamie Hammill and the four runners-up will be invited to receive their prizes at a presentation evening in a local hotel next month. They will be able to meet the judges and view the other winning artworks.
Cheshire Life would like to thank all those who entered the competition.

Malcolm Croft said: We were impressed by the originality of the works submitted and the range of materials used and subjects tackled. Theres clearly a lot of talent out there.

Dont be disheartened if you didnt win. Theres always next year. We will announce details of the 2013 Cheshire Life Young Artist Competition in a couple of months. This time there will be two age categories, ages 13-16 and 17-19.

A selection of the work submitted...

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