Teen art prodigy Makenzy Beard unveils stunning new paintings
The young Welsh artist who has taken the art world by storm has revealed her latest paintings – and for the very first time the teenager’s work is available to buy.
The Makenzy Beard Collection, available from Blackwater Gallery in Cardiff, is a series of limited edition prints and original paintings showcasing the 15-year-old’s astonishing artwork.
Given the unprecedented reaction to her paintings, the collection is sure to prove popular – especially as they include her two most renowned paintings to date.
When Makenzy Beard unveiled her most recent painting – of her grampa back in October – it sent shockwaves through social media.
Such was the amazement at the 14-year-old’s prodigious talent there was unanimous acclaim at just how brilliant her portrait of her grampa, Bernard Davies, truly was.
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.
The plaudits for her art have included: “In 14-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 the Blackwater Gallery in Cardiff.
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.
Digital media manager at the gallery, Emma McNamara, said: “This is an exciting time for Makenzy as a breakthrough emerging artist and we are delighted to showcase the work of a young local talent here in Wales.”
To view Makenzy’s latest paintings and to purchase her work click HERE