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Talented young artist Nathan Holmes, a parishioner of St Leo's in Whiston, Merseyside, has had a wonderful colour pencil drawing selected from over 33,000 submissions by the judges at the Royal Academy of Arts London.
Only 572 pieces were selected in total and Nathan is the only young man to be selected from the whole of the Merseyside region.
Nathan recently completed Year 11 and achieved excellent GCSE grades in his subjects. He will be studying English language, government and politics and geography at A-level. His future plans are to go onto university.
Nathan's piece of art is part of a smaller number of successful artworks that have also been selected to be displayed in person at the Royal Academy (RA) with other exceptional young artists from around the UK.
Nathan said: “An email arrived in June stating: Nathan A Holmes, Industrial Decay: Accepted - online exhibition and display at the RA.”
The two artists with the most votes will each receive vouchers for art materials plus a free practical workshop for their school. Nathan is now looking for votes from Catholic Pic's audience in the People's Award Category with voting ending soon.
People can vote for as many artworks as they like, but only once per artwork. Voting closes on 31 August 2021 and the winners will be announced in September.
You can vote for Nathan's artwork by clicking on the link below and clicking on the vote for the People's Award button.
Clicking the YASS Catalogue link you can download the full catalogue of all 572 works: https://yass.s3.eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/2021/YASS_CATALOGUE_2021.pdf
Nathan's artwork is no.177 in the catalogue.
Nathan said: “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.
“The 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.
“Described by one judge as an 'incredible abundance of making', and thanks to the commitment of teachers championing art in education, we received over 33,000 submissions from across the UK and beyond.
“Our judges were overwhelmed by the talent on display, and all expressed how difficult they found selecting the 572 artworks now exhibited online. Made by young artists aged 5-19, this exhibition is filled with the imagination, insight and curiosity of young people - something that is more vital than ever.”
Parents Patricia and David, who are both creative directors, and the extended family members, are very proud of Nathan and all of his achievements to date.
Nathan is also a budding sports star of the future as he is a canoe polo player with FOA Liverpool at Collingwood Dock and is currently in the GB development squad. He also has two siblings Heidi and Tobias who also have a shared interest in canoe polo with FOA Liverpool.