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Hetty Lawlor

Hetty Lawlor, born 25th November 1999

“As a viewer of Portrait artist of the Year on Sky TV, I decided to enter the competition in 2017, when I was 17 years old. I couldn’t believe it when I got a call to come to the heats, and my first sitter was David Tennant. The semi-final was quiet intense as we had to paint two portraits in one sitting, Lily Cole and Simon Callow. 3 were selected to go into the final, and when my name was called out, it all seemed quiet surreal. In the final, I was commissioned to paint Geri Horner, and that now hangs in the British Music Experience in Liverpool. The final sitter was the singer/songwriter, Emeli Sande, and I loved painting her, she had a real presence. The Sky Portrait Artist of the year was aired in 2018.

2018 was a very busy year, it was the year I won the overall prize in the Texaco Children’s Art Festival, with my entry of ‘Grainne’, a 7 year old girl who lives near me.

This win also saw me go to Tokyo, a wonderful place! I met with other young artists from around the world. The experience has given me lots of reference material.

My inspiration has always come from my father Jimmy Lawlor. I love his work and the way he uses light in his work. He continues to inspire me.

I’m still only 19 years old, and I know that I’m so very lucky to be where I am in the art world, and I look forward to developing and creating more artwork.”

Hetty Lawlor