Young Limerick artists to feature in Tokyo exhibition

University of Limerick student Dan Killackey, who was overall winner of this year's Texaco Art competition, will feature in the Toyko exhibition.

TWO prizewinning artworks by Limerick students have been chosen from the winning entries in this year’s Texaco Children’s Art Competition are to go on exhibition at the International High School Arts Festival in Tokyo this August.

They are a work titled ‘Isolation’ by 18-year old Dan Killackey, who was overall winner in this year’s competition, and ‘History Makers’ by Emma O’Brien (15) from Crescent College Comprehensive.

A product design student at the University of Limerick, Dan Killackey first discovered his passion for art in primary school and continued to develop his talent throughout his teens.

The former Ardscoil Rís student has already received a number of commissions which he is currently working on. The inspiration for his award winning painting came to him while on a visit to his granduncle Mick’s home in North Tipperary.

Emma O’Brien with her drawing of Rachael Blackmore and Minella Times which will be featured in the Toyko exhibition.

Emma O’Brien’s drawing is of Minella Times and Tipperary jockey Rachael Blackmore on her way to becoming the first woman jockey to win the Aintree Grand National in the 182 year history of the race.

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Sponsored by the International Foundation for Arts and Culture, the International High School Arts Festival is widely regarded as one of the most prestigious exhibitions to take place in Tokyo annually. Described as ‘a showcase for the world’s best young artistic talent’, it will feature some 500 artworks by students from around the world.

Other 2022 Texaco winning artworks displayed will be ‘My Mum At Work’ by Anya Clarke-Carr from Clarke Art, Ratoath and ‘Mum’s Sampler’ by Leah Massey from Bloomfield Collegiate School, Belfast.