A Blackpool schoolboy’s artwork has been chosen as the best in the UK by celebrity stylist Gok Wan.
Ciaran Brazier, a Year Eight pupil at Speedwell Centre, a referral unit for youngsters with medical needs on Whitegate Drive, wowed the celebrity with a striking self-portrait.
I think it is so creative. I love the use of colour and the compositionGok Wan
Gok said: “I think it is so creative. I love the use of colour and the composition. I like the fact all the pieces of paper that make up the mosaic are very sharp but when you look at the overall picture it has a lovely soft tone.
“Skin colour is very hard to get right but Ciaran has absolutely got it. His expression in the artwork is very calm and welcoming, which really draws you into the picture.”
Ciaran said: “I didn’t expect to win. I was in shock and I could not believe I had won.
“My mum is proud. Her mouth was wide open!”
Ciaran travelled to the 2015 Arts and Minds competition, organised by teachers’ union NASUWT, in London, where he picked up his award.
NASUWT general secretary Chris Keates said: “Ciaran is a very deserving winner.”