Art student saves paper and wins historic Newcastle prize

IF early efforts are any indication, Kate Thynne has tremendous earning capacity as an artist. Thynne collected $1000 on Wednesday as the winner of Newcastle Art School’s annual Reg Russom Memorial Drawing Prize.

LIFE DRAWING: TAFE art student Kate Thynne won the 2017 Reg Russom Memorial Drawing Prize with a charcoal work. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers.

LIFE DRAWING: TAFE art student Kate Thynne won the 2017 Reg Russom Memorial Drawing Prize with a charcoal work. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers.

“Blown away” by the accolade, Thynne only started a diploma of visual arts with Hunter TAFE three weeks ago. Her entry, titled Movement, comprised a series of charcoal sketches of a female model at a life drawing class. 

“It’s my one-minute drawing,” she said. “I did it like that [with the model in multiple poses] to save paper.”

Alexander Wright received the encouragement award.

Thynne, originally from Queensland, is a recent arrival in the city, having last lived in Alice Springs: “I dropped in to see a friend and fell in love with Newcastle.”

The Reg Russom prize, awarded since 1955, is funded through Hunter TAFE Foundation. It’s named after an illustrator and art teacher whose work appeared everywhere from TheNew York Times to the Newcastle Herald. The 2017 prize, open to art students of all ages, attracted 42 entrants and was judged by James Drinkwater.

IN THE FRAME: Alexander Wright, second from left, receives the encouragement award from Hunter TAFE Foundation director John Fitzgerald, Newcastle Art School head teacher Matthew Tome and David Solomons from Eckersley's Art and Craft.

IN THE FRAME: Alexander Wright, second from left, receives the encouragement award from Hunter TAFE Foundation director John Fitzgerald, Newcastle Art School head teacher Matthew Tome and David Solomons from Eckersley's Art and Craft.