Artist Harrison, 13, is a 'child prodigy'
Harrison Savage at the exhibition
A TEENAGER is already making waves in the art world – at the tender age of 13.
Harrison Savage has been described as a “child prodigy” by professional artist Vincent Brown who runs Artime gallery and art centre in Hanham High Street.
Harrison is one of many of Vincent's students showcasing their work at an exhibition at the gallery. Within the first hour of the show, which opened on December 14, the Hanham Woods Academy student had sold three of his four paintings.
Vincent said: “Harrison paints in acrylics and does a bit of everything, including people portraits and animal portraits. For 13 years of age, he is incredible. I believe he will be famous one day. He is so talented – I think he's a child prodigy.
“He's been with us for over a year and I was shocked when I first saw what he was capable of. The rate at which his art is improving is phenomenal. If I compare him to myself, a professional artist, he is miles ahead of where I was at that age.”
A total of 100 pieces are on display from artists aged from 13 to late 70s.
Sixteen year-old Izatt Shortman, another Hanham Woods Academy student, also features in the show, but as his paintings were about to be used for his GCSE art exam he wasn’t allowed to sell them. Izatt is planning to pursue an art career and has been offered a place at City of Bath College to study art and design, the same place where his tutor Vincent began his studies.
Vincent said: “He's been with us ever since we first started and his work has come on leaps and bounds. It's nice that he's going on to follow in my footsteps at Bath college. He's really talented and has already got his own voice in painting.”
Another one of the most striking works in the show is by Hanham resident Steve Peacock who at 70 has just discovered a talent for sculpture.
“I met Steve while I was cleaning the windows of my shop! said Vincent. “The amazing thing about Steve is that he's in his 70s and this is the first sculpture he has ever done, and it is incredible. To find out at 70 you've always had this talent is amazing.”
The exhibition will run until January 11 and there is a public vote for visitors to the gallery to select the 2019 winner of the public choice art award trophy. Entry is free and all are welcome to drop in to have a look. See www.arti.me.uk for details.