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14-year-old Welsh artist goes viral with stunning painting

30 Jun 2021 2 minutes Read
Detail from Makenzy Beard’s stunning painting. Image: Bishopston Comprehensive School.

A painting by a young Welsh artist has gone viral on social media after her artwork was posted online.

Makenzy Beard, a pupil at Bishopton Comprehensive School in Swansea, has gained thousands of plaudits, after her artwork was posted on Twitter by her school, from those gobsmacked that someone so young could paint such an incredibly impressive work of art.

Makenzy at work

The painting by the Year 9 pupil is of a local farmer named John Tucker.

The incredibly lifelike portrait, that is so good it looks like a photograph, captures the farmer in a hi-vis jacket and a knitted hat.

Makenzy said: “This painting has been tricky. From squeezing in an early five minutes before school to trying to paint a fluorescent jacket in the dark

“John Tucker is a local Oxwich farmer who is never not busy. He was just as much a pleasure to paint as he is in real life.

“His reaction when I showed him the painting was ‘I look so scruffy’, haha!”

Thousands of people have taken to social media to praise the young artist and her artwork.

One wrote: “There’s a distinct chance that in 14-year-old Makenzy Beard, Wales may have just discovered its greatest living artist.”

One astonished woman added: “Wait…Year 9? I don’t know what that means. How old is this human? If a child painted this, I want to know more…”

Another said: “Staggeringly good!! So talented. It is not only the technical achievement; it evokes an emotional response to a story that draws us in. Congratulations Makenzy Beard – certain you will be a household name before too long.”

Makenzy’s painting is so impressive it has been selected for exhibition at the Royal Academy Young Artists’ Summer Show in London from July 13th to August 8th.

See more of Makenzy’s artwork via her Instagram

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j humphrys
j humphrys
23 days ago

Best wishes to her and for her future.

defaid
defaid
23 days ago

Work this technical and so evocative really deserves to be shown in a gallery in the National Museum.

Gill Jones
Gill Jones
23 days ago
Reply to  defaid

Cytuno yn llwyr. Atgof o Aneurin. Wedi dal y cymeriad i’r dim. Talent aruthrol am un mor ifanc

L Edwards
L Edwards
23 days ago

This is wonderful. Most positive thing today

Chris
Chris
23 days ago

It’s an excellent painting.
someone should tell that farmer though that he’d be better off with Orange PPE instead of yellow. Studies have shown that yellow attracts more midges and other bitey little insects. I can testify that the studies were right

Joe D
Joe D
23 days ago

Some other work on her Instagram link.

Last edited 23 days ago by Joe D
David Russell
David Russell
23 days ago

So uplifting to see such talent in so young an artist.This is a great example of real art at its finest. A far cry from the usual rubbish we see so much of these days.

Gill Jones
Gill Jones
23 days ago
Reply to  David Russell

I agree. This is exceptional – true art, not the Tracy Emin rubbish of unmade bed, pile of bricks, nappies etc.
The work is very similar to that of the late Welsh artist, Aneurin, as it captures the whole of the subject’s personality.

arthur owen
arthur owen
23 days ago
Reply to  Gill Jones

Very fine painting,but it is a pity that people like you cannot praise someone without denigrating another artist.

Gill Jones
Gill Jones
23 days ago
Reply to  arthur owen

In my opinion Makenzy is a real and talented artist. Anyone can stage an unmade bed/pile of bricks etc. – no talent required.

Steve
18 days ago
Reply to  arthur owen

I don’t think Gill Jones denigrated another artist.

Annwyn Lewis
Annwyn Lewis
23 days ago

Brilliant, right down to the white hairs on his neck, lol!

Nana Noodle
Nana Noodle
22 days ago

CONGRATULATIONS MAKENZY, Simply beautiful, what a wonderful talent make it your future, I’m interested in buying a couple or three.
Would you consider ?
Best Wishes…

HARVEY FUDGE
HARVEY FUDGE
20 days ago

What a talented young lady.

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