Artistic Chester schoolboy is already in demand


Rhian Waller

A YOUNG art prodigy’s works can be seen by the public for the first time.

Pint-sized painter George Davies, nine, already has his paintings hanging in Flintshire households. Despite his 10th birthday being some time off, art-lovers are clamouring for a piece of his work.

George, a pupil at Oldfield School in Chester, is inspired by artists like Roald Dahl illustrator Quentin Blake, as well as photographs of endangered animals.

Despite his tender years, his talents have been fine-tuned with years of hard work.

His mother, Faye Davies, 38, of Ewloe Green, said: “He start ed doing lovely drawings at three or four.

He used to draw me things, like the vehicles from Thunderbirds. He’d practice them over and over until he got them right, and then he became interested in animals and landscapes as well.”

Although he isn’t yet in double figures, George has already started taking on commissions from residents who want him to produce portraits of them or their pets, or reproduce familiar scenes like Quentin Blake’s cover of the Roald Dahl book The BFG (Big Friendly Giant).

Faye said: “He isn’t just limited to replicating other people’s work, He’ll use photographs as references or sometimes go outside and sit – although there aren’t so many opportunities to do that.

“He’ll research art and apply the new techniques he learns. He’ll paint whatever inspires him at the moment.

“Right now he really loves Michael Jackson, so he’s been trying to get that image right.”

Faye, a supply teacher who has taught physical education all over Flintshire, has an art background herself. Creative genes must run in the family as George’s little sister Connie, seven, also has a liking for arts and crafts.

But far from it being a case of pushy parenting, George has inspired something of an art renaissance in Faye herself. She said: “He’s into all sorts of things. He’s good at football, he likes magic and he’s good at school, though I think he’s a bit of a free spirit. He’d much rather be at home painting as he really enjoys it.

“It actually inspired me to set up some children’s art classes. He reminded me that it was something I used to love, although he’s more talented than me.

“He helps out in the classes, which is great.”

George’s paintings, sketched out over a few hours and then adjusted and tweaked in a week, are bringing in some ‘pocket money’ which is invested back into art supplies.

Faye said: “It’s a bit difficult to let the paintings go, actually. We want to keep them all.

There was one he did of a hare which two ladies at the library wanted – he’s really good at the eyes, they look so alive.

“I had to tell them ‘no’, but we know we’ll have to let the paintings go sometime.”

Among his first ‘customers’ were grandmother Ann and grandfather George Williams, who live in Buckley.

Faye said: “They’ve got a few paintings hanging in their house. My dad show them off. They’re very proud of him and are really supportive.”

Now his work is going on public display at Ruthin Library, which is hosting a number of images created by George until the end of November.

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