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The latest painting by 14-year-old Welsh art prodigy is simply stunning

02 Oct 2021 3 minute read
Makenzy’s painting of her grampa Bernard Davies. (Credit: Makenzy Beard)

The young Welsh painter who went viral earlier this year thanks to a beautiful piece of art that people couldn’t believe was painted by someone so young, has revealed her new artwork – and it’s simply stunning.

Back in June, Makenzy Beard, 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 stunning painting of John Tucker (Image: Bishopston Comprehensive School)

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

Now the artist has revealed her new painting – of her grampa – Bernard Davies and it’s another incredible piece of work with extraordinary detail.

Once again her work has amazed those on social media after she posted her painting on Twitter on Saturday evening.

One user – Ows Wills – even suggested… ‘In 14-year-old Makenzy Beard, we may well be experiencing the emergence of Wales’ greatest living artist. Truly remarkable.’


Makenzy is also a talented hockey player, representing Wales at under 16s level.

Her outstanding artistic talent hasn’t gone unnoticed by the art world however, 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.

Blackwater Gallery in Cardiff Bay (Credit: Blackwater Gallery)

Digital media manager at the gallery, Emma McNamara, said: “We have now undertaken the initial stages to represent Makenzy at Blackwater Gallery, and in the coming months will proceed to support and exhibit her work as she progresses.

“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.”

You can see more of Makenzy’s artwork via her Instagram

Find out more about the Blackwater Gallery HERE

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j humphrys
j humphrys
2 years ago

Wish all best for the future.

arthur owen
2 years ago

Collect her work now before the art schools get their claws into her and fill her head with conceptualist nonsense.

Bev Thompson
Bev Thompson
2 years ago

Uncanny talent in a person of ANY age, let alone a teenager. She should be asked to do the next Royal Family portrait!

2 years ago

absolutely beautiful paintings, the artist has a natural talent.

Crwtyn Cemais
Crwtyn Cemais
2 years ago

Am ddawn anhygoel!!! ~ What an extraordinary talent !!!

Tim Wickenden
2 years ago

Such mature art for one so young. Fabulous

Last edited 2 years ago by Tim Wickenden
Sue Allen
Sue Allen
2 years ago

Fantastic work Makenzy. What a wonderful gift you have. Very well done. God bless you.

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