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Teen art prodigy Makenzy Beard unveils stunning new painting – of herself

08 Jan 2022 3 minutes Read

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The young Welsh artist who has taken the art world by storm has revealed her latest painting – a self-portrait.

Titled ‘self-RED’ it features art prodigy Makenzy Beard wearing her red coat, evidently one of her favourite items of clothing.

It’s the latest in a series of paintings that have left the art world reaching for superlatives to describe the novice painter’s work.

The revealing of the painting follows the launch last month of The Makenzy Beard Collection – a series of limited edition prints and original paintings showcasing the 15-year-old’s astonishing artwork.

The collection, launched via Blackwater Gallery in Cardiff, included her two most renowned paintings.

When the artist unveiled a painting of her grampa back in October it sent shockwaves through social media.

Such was the amazement at the teenager’s prodigious talent there was unanimous acclaim at just how brilliant her portrait of her grampa, Bernard Davies, truly was.

Makenzy Beard with the stunning portrait of her grampa.

The young Welsh painter went viral earlier this year thanks to a beautiful piece of art that people couldn’t believe was painted by someone so young.

Back in June, Makenzy, a pupil at Bishopton Comprehensive School in Swansea, gained thousands of plaudits online, after her artwork of a local farmer named John Tucker was posted on Twitter by her school.

The incredibly lifelike portrait was proclaimed as being so good it looked like a photograph, capturing the farmer in a hi-vis jacket and a knitted hat.

Makenzy’s painting was so impressive it was selected for exhibition at the Royal Academy Young Artists’ Summer Show in London.

Detail from Makenzy Beard’s stunning painting

The plaudits for her art have included such rave notices as: “In 15-year-old Makenzy Beard, we may well be experiencing the emergence of Wales’ greatest living artist.”

Remarkably, Makenzy who is also a talented hockey player, representing Wales at under 16s level, only took up painting during lockdown as she couldn’t play sport.

Her outstanding artistic talent hasn’t gone unnoticed by the art world, with the young painter now being represented by Blackwater Gallery.

The independent contemporary art gallery based in Cardiff Bay focuses on providing a platform for emerging artists as well as abstract and expressive contemporary art.

To view Makenzy’s latest paintings and to purchase her work click HERE

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Malcolm rj
Malcolm rj
11 days ago

Fabolous painting you can’t believe that she is that young and no training in painting my god if she was English she would be splashed over every paper and TV channel in the country

arthur owen
11 days ago
Reply to  Malcolm rj

I never see these young artists in the English papers,so there just can’t be any young,talented English artists.

Malcolm rj
Malcolm rj
11 days ago
Reply to  arthur owen

If they had one with that sort of talent it would be splashed all over the place

Notta Bott
Notta Bott
11 days ago
Reply to  Malcolm rj

I have no doubt BBC or something will pick up on her soon and she will, of course, be “British” artist, with somewhere buried deep in the story from Swansea.

Penny Bowers
Penny Bowers
10 days ago
Reply to  Notta Bott

They did have her on BBC breakfast more than once on national TV

James Hunter
James Hunter
9 days ago
Reply to  Notta Bott

Maybe she can paint the chip on your shoulder

Mr Williams
Mr Williams
8 days ago

Fantastic art. It is always wonderful to see young people achieving. Ardderchog Makenzy!

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