Catholic School’s best at the Art Gallery of NSW

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Pope St. John Paul II once said “those who perceive in themselves this kind of divine spark which is the artistic vocation… feel at the same time the obligation not to waste this talent.”

Luckily for us, two former Catholic school students decided not to waste their talents. They poured their soul in to their work, then put it on display for the world to see and enjoy.

Lucinda Shearman from St Scholastica’s College Glebe Point and Nathan El Azzi from St Charbel’s College were among 48 young artists whose artwork was selected for the 36th annual ARTEXPRESS at the Art Gallery of NSW from 8552 student works submitted by government and non-government schools from across metropolitan and regional NSW for the 2019 HSC.

Lucinda Shearman represents St Scholastica’s College at Glebe Point. PHOTO ArtExpress

The ARTEXPRESS exhibition “brings the work of the next generation of artists and creative thinkers into the public arena; presenting a snapshot of the passions, curiosities and concerns occupying the minds of young Australians.”

Art Gallery of NSW director Michael Brand said the exhibition shows the great enthusiasm and depth of talent of students in NSW.

“ARTEXPRESS 2020 represents the independent creative voices of young people and the issues that are important to them,” Dr Brand said.

“ARTEXPRESS 2020 represents the independent creative voices of young people and the issues that are important to them”

“Their evocative explorations of environmental concerns, personal identity, human emotion and the politics of our time are sophisticated, inventive and thought-provoking.

“I congratulate all 2019 HSC visual arts students on the tremendous accomplishment of creating a body of artwork for the HSC,” Dr Brand added.

Nathan El Azzi of St Charbel’s College. PHOTO: ArtExpress

“The continued popularity of ARTEXPRESS is testament to the public’s enthusiasm for supporting young artists and the Gallery’s ongoing commitment to providing a platform for artists and a forum for art education and the exchange of ideas.”

The much-loved exhibition began in Sydney in the late 1950s and has been exhibited at the Art Gallery of NSW since 1983. It is open to the public with free admission in the Upper Asian Gallery between 6 February and 26 April.