ORANGE High School student Joe Grindrod’s painting of Orange’s autumn colours will be seen by every state politician and visitor to the NSW Parliament House after being selected as part of one of the country’s most prestigious art prizes.
The Year 9 student’s painting will hang alongside the winners of the NSW Plein Air Art Prize for outdoor artists, one of three school students selected to do so.
Joe will also receive $500 for his efforts, and Orange High School will get $1000.
Joe submitted an artwork he painted during a plein air workshop hosted by renowned plein air artist Matilda Julian on April 30 at the school, and said he was still in shock over the news.
“I didn’t expect to make it to the top five, let alone win the whole thing,” he said.
The perfectionist said he was inspired by the deciduous trees at the school, and said he “just put blotchy colours on the page and went with it.”
Member for Orange Andrew Gee congratulated Joe on Friday, as well as Orange outdoor artist Angela Malone, who did not win the competition but will also have her painting hung at Parliament House until August 1.