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Ava Komnick with Portrait of a Man, her painting of her grandfather (The Record/Corpus Christi College)

A Perth Catholic school student has won the top prize and a people’s choice award in a statewide annual art event for students. Source: The Record.

Year 11 Corpus Christi College Perth student Ava Komnick was named Overall Winner and People’s Choice Winner of the prestigious St George’s Cathedral Award 2023 for her outstanding Portrait of a Man, oil on canvas painting of her grandfather.

“Using a subdued colour palette, I created a quiet and contemplative work that reflects the tranquillity of my grandfather’s presence,” Ava said.

“Every brushstroke carries the weight of memories shared and the wisdom he has imparted.

“Subtle variations of light and shadow dance across his face revealing the wisdom gained through a lifetime of experiences,” she said.

St George’s Cathedral Art is a premier annual art education event in Western Australia, attracting entries from all school sectors across the state with five entry categories.

The award provides an opportunity for students in Years 10, 11 and 12 to present their work to a panel of judges, peers and the community.

Principal Jeff Allen said the school is delighted for Ava on her outstanding achievement.

“It is a great honour to be named Overall Winner of the St George’s Cathedral Art Awards among an immensely talented group of student artists,” Mr Allen said.

“At Corpus Christi College we celebrate the success of all our students; artistic, academic and athletic. We are extremely proud of Ava’s undeniable talent and dedication,” he said.


Corpus Christi College student wins 20th St George’s Cathedral Art Award (The Record)