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The four winners of the Young Archies are aged 8, 9, 15 and 17

"This is a painting of my mum Clare. Sitting on the beach, windswept and hassled by the stormy day, yet always bringing light to situations with humour and love."

Fifteen-year-old Jessica Thompson from Frenchs Forest in Sydney is one of the four winners of the sixth annual Young Archies competition.

Portrait of a woman with short hair with flowers in the background

It is a little like the original, grown-up version The Archibald Prize, except young creatives were asked to submit a portrait of someone who was special to them and played an important role in their life.

The winners were eight-year-old Harvey Heazlewood in the 5-8 years category for his portrait of his sister (The dreamer); nine-year-old Nauen Lee in the 9-12 years category for her portrait of her mother; 17-year-old Charlotte Coady in the 16-18 years category for her portrait of her father (Melting with worries), along with Jessica in the 13-15 years category for her portrait of her mother.

In her description of her portrait of her mother Clare, Jessica, who has won the Young Archies previously, said: "Love for me, support for me. She is my motivation and, more importantly, my inspiration to strive to put my all into everything I do.

Portrait

"Her eyes say it all, this picture embodies the essence of my mum in her most raw state. Calm blues against the raging grey sky, she is stunning."

Painting

Nauen also created a portrait of her mother, titled My pretty mum, saying: "I love her so that's why I drew her. I didn't have anyone else to draw."

On winning, she said she was "excited, kind of scared as well".

Painting's 'a good way to spend the day'

Portrait

The Young Archies entries were judged by prominent artist Abdul Abdullah, a four-time Archibald Prize finalist and three-time Sulman Prize finalist, along with Victoria Collings, the Art Gallery of NSW's community engagement manager.

"Judging the Archies was really, really difficult but so much fun at the same time," Abdullah said.

Most of the entries were made by girls, and Abdullah said he wanted to "keep encouraging young girls to enter" and to remind boys that art "is a path for you [too] and it's a fun thing to do and it shouldn't be dismissed at all".

"Making paintings, it's a good way to spend the day," he said.

Young Archie finalist entries will exhibit at the Art Gallery of NSW until September 9.

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