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ACC Art and Technology’s People’s Choice Award Winner

People’s Choice Award for Year 12 Lasallian Art Student

This year’s ACC Art and Technology’s People’s Choice Award went to De La Salle Malvern's Year 12 student, Emmett McCann, for his photorealistic pencil drawing of US actor Chadwick Boseman, who passed away last year.

McCann said he created the piece during lockdown after Boseman passed away in August. “Boseman was an inspiration for so many people of colour as a symbol for equality and representation, especially with ‘Black Lives Matter,’” McCann said. “As tributes poured in after his death, one resonated with me, a fellow cast member stated that people could always read Boseman’s performance within his eyes.”

“Many people often say that eyes are the window to the soul. This conviction was the driving force for me to follow realism portraiture,” he said.

“Without any words or speech, a person’s face is what engages people the most, with expressions of many emotions. As Anh Do put it, ‘I paint portraits because I’m interested by people, their dreams, desires, regrets, their sadness’.”

“Having my work exhibited along with so many other creative pieces from ACC schools was an incredible experience. It is such a wonderful opportunity for students to share and have their work appreciated by the wider community.”


Author: Sarah Pudelko, Education Support Officer Marketing & Communications - De La Salle College, Malvern