Atmospheric painted portrait of a older man resting his face on his let hand. His face is brightly lit and he is surrounded by dark shadow
© Loren McKennaCredit

Loren McKenna (age 17)

Deliberation, 2021

Oil on cardboard

Loren says: ‘Exploiting chiaroscuro elements accurately portrayed my father’s personality on a private level. Cast in light, decorated by smile lines, while, contrarily, in black, he appears thoughtful and impenetrable. However, on a public level, he acts as a physical metaphor for the enigmatic future the pandemic has manipulated.’

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Shortlisted works | 16–18 years

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