GO ART: Three hundred and thirty artists entered this year’s exhibition. Ashkon Delnawaz’s Hanneke won the $1000 Lewis Ellem Award.
GO ART: Three hundred and thirty artists entered this year’s exhibition. Ashkon Delnawaz’s Hanneke won the $1000 Lewis Ellem Award.

Hanneke’s eyes win the prize at Grafton's Go Art exhibition

IT IS Hanneke's eyes that most intrigue Wooloweyah artist Ashkon Delnawaz.

Mr Delnawaz was awarded the Lewis Ellem Award at the Go Art Grafton Open Art Exhibition this weekend.

"Hanneke has got the attention grabbing look," Mr Delnawaz said.

"She doesn't need to say a word. She just looks at you and gives you the message."

Mr Delnawaz started painting three years ago, and said the picture of his friend Hanneke is his 10th attempt at a portrait.

"It's one of the best portraits I've done so far," he said.

"It is an oil on canvas and somewhere between realism and impressionism.

"I wanted to bring focus to the eyes. I mislead the viewer by taking the surrounds out of focus so the eyes would capture their attention."

Grafton Public School student Cindy Counsell was awarded the best student artwork for her entry, Butterfly Magic.

The money raised from Go ART will fund an air conditioner for Grafton High School.



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