Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Kelly Hynes (5) with art teacher Anne Kelly, after the talented young artist received her Texaco prize-winner’s certificate

A FIVE-YEAR-OLD Laois girl has won a top prize in the Texaco children’s art competition, with a gorgeous painting of an Easter Egg hunt at her granny’s house.

Clonaslee schoolgirl Kelly Hynes scooped second prize in the six years and under age category for her striking watercolour study, which shows a natural talent for composition and use of vibrant colours.

A pupil at the Anne Kelly School of Art, Craft and Design in Clonaslee, Kelly is one of the youngest prize winners in the renowned annual competition that was first held in 1955.

Her painting titled ‘Easter Eggs Hunt at Granny’s’ was described by final adjudicator Professor Declan McGonagle as a “soft and delicate use of the watercolour medium”. A well-known artist, lecturer and curator, Professor McGonagle is a former director of the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) and of the National College of Art and Design.

The results of the 67th Texaco competition were delayed until now due to the Covid pandemic. During its long history, the contest has been a platform for young artists to have their talents and creativity recognised.

An exhibition of the top 126 winning paintings in this year’s competition is being held at the Highlanes Municipal Art Gallery in Drogheda from 14 September to 2 October. Admission is free and further information is available at

The beautiful painting by Kelly Hynes (5)

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