Artwork of the Month

Artwork of the Month

Artwork of the Month showcases a selection of the best work from the John Lyon Art Department each month, with a work from each of Years 7 – 9, Years 10 and 11, and Sixth Form.


May 2019

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Bartosz Slupikowski, Year 7 | Bartosz has created this copy of Picasso’s famous Weeping Woman as part of the Portraiture and Abstraction project. He has managed to master the proportions of this tricky abstract piece alongside using coloured pencils confidently to depict the vibrant range of tones.

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Yuvraj Dhunna, Year 11 | Yuvraj has been an extremely creative and productive artist throughout his GCSE, and especially driven since discovering the work of Bob Ross. This painting is a homage to Ross and reflects a concern we face in the world as we destroy nature leaving animals without their natural environment. The landscape was painted from his imagination with pace and energy and the tiger was painted separately on a piece of wood, in a hyper-realism style in contrast with the energetic freedom of the landscape. A wonderful painting.

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Maazin Fazil, Lower Sixth | Maazin produced this digital painting as a final piece for his exam. It reflects his love of Kenya and memories of his younger life within a self-portrait of him now. Maazin is able to use digital media to create this life like study with immense detail and a wonderful likeness. An imaginative and reflective portrait.


April 2019

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George Allen, Year 7 | George has created this portrait inspired by the work of Adam Neate, a British conceptual artist, as part of his exploration into the world of abstraction. He has been bold and confident in his use of colour in creating this wonderful piece based on Neate’s portraiture work.

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Paul Olalekan, Year 10 | Paul has created this hand-coloured etching as the final outcome for his Portraiture and Identity piece. The work is based on a self portrait emerged in water, floating or sinking within the space. He has used the inks expressively to create a sense of mood and sensitivity within the composition.

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Dhanesh Jegatheesan, Lower Sixth | Dhanesh has created this oil painting based on a skull and inspired by the artwork of John Lyon Art Technician Mr Nick Brown. He is exploring the role of identity, the self and our mortality in preparation for his school exams.


March 2019

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Pranay Mangat, Year 9 | Pranay has worked in Mr Brown’s Portraiture Club to create this amazing oil painting. Working alongside boys from Years 10, 11 and the Sixth Form, he has developed his technical skills and understanding of form. This is a wonderful self-portrait and a fantastic achievement for a Year 9 pupil.

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Marco Afnan, Year 10 | Marco and Sebastian (below) have both created fantastic self-portraits using etching, inspired by the work of Lucian Freud. They have explored mark making to create these sensitive and realistic pieces which capture a real likeness to both boys.

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Sebastian Tsang, Year 10 | Sebastian and Marco (above) have both created fantastic self-portraits using etching, inspired by the work of Lucian Freud. They have explored mark making to create these sensitive and realistic pieces which capture a real likeness to both boys.

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Usmaan Khan, Upper Sixth | Usmaan has created this series of photographs as part of his A-Level coursework. Exploring class, celebrity and wealth in our society, he worked with homeless people in London and through meeting them and getting to know them he was able to create these intimate portraits.


February 2019

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Vamsi Kothapalli, Year 7 | Vamsi created this wonderful pop-up book as part of his STEAM lesson, exploring paper engineering. He has researched a variety of techniques which have been applied with great precision in this work.

Ben Massey, Year 11 | Ben has created this wonderfully expressive etching based on a series of self portraits. He has created a lively and expressive portrait which captures the energy of youth.

Dhanesh Jegatheesan, Lower Sixth | Dhanesh completed this amazing oil painting at Mr Nick Brown’s portraiture club. He has developed his observational skills incredibly and has really captured not just the physical form of Fritz but an essence of his character.


January 2019

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George Allen, Year 7 | A study using oil pastels based on the paintings of still life by Paul Cézanne

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Yasseen Hassan, Year 10 | A drawn observational study of Michelangelo hands to develop observational skills

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Zak Samak, Upper Sixth | Inspired by Hermann Rorschach’s Ink Blot Tests, this piece explores symmetry, repetition and the ways in which an individual reacts to an image