Congratulations to Hashir S (S1) who has been awarded the Junior North Brodies Regional Award at the RSA Schools Art Award 2021 competition.

Hashir’s digital self-portrait was selected as top of the entries into the Junior North category of the annual competition organised by the Royal Scottish Academy.

Inspired by British artist Julian Opie, who’s minimalist come pop art style is known around the world, Hashir used Opie’s technique on the computer to create his digital piece. 

When asked about his artistic process, Hashir said: "I was trying to simplify the shapes to make the face look more geometric and use more vivid contrasting colours like red and blue to make the portrait stand out and be less like real life. 

“I enjoyed doing the digital work and layering the drawing from the basic shape of the face up to the circles for the eye.”

Teachers from the art department tuned in to watch the virtual awards ceremony and were delighted to see Hashir’s piece selected to receive the regional award. 

Mrs Charlton, Head of Art and Design said: “We noticed Hashir’s bold portrait immediately after it was uploaded to his google classroom during our off-site learning period. We are very proud of the effort he has made and skill he has shown in completing this artwork. Well done, Hashir! I hope you enjoy spending your prize money!”

The full gallery from the competition can be viewed in the RSA viewing room.

Hashir wins regional art award