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Sullen moorland scenes inspire Julia to Saatchi success

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: January 25, 2012

Young artist Julia Whiting with her Dartmoor-inspired award-winning contribution to 'Trees: A Sense of Place' at the Saatchi Gallery, London

Young artist Julia Whiting with her Dartmoor-inspired award-winning contribution to 'Trees: A Sense of Place' at the Saatchi Gallery, London

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A teenager who was inspired by Dartmoor's bleak landscapes has won an international prize hosted by London's Saatchi Gallery.

Julia Whiting, 18, scooped the Sunday Telegraph's Art Prize for Schools for her three-painting installation "Trees: A sense of Place".

Ms Whiting, whose work was entered by teachers at Exeter's St Margaret's School, said winning was an "unbelievable surprise".

She loves sketching in woodlands like her artistic hero, David Hockney, and said of her work: "Hopefully people will get their very own sense of walking through woods."

Ms Whiting is now studying an art foundation diploma at the University of Falmouth and hopes the prize will strengthen her application for an undergraduate illustration degree. She plans to spend her £2,000 prize money on an art course in Florence this summer.

Around 13,000 artists entered the competition, and the work of 20 finalists was shown at the Saatchi Gallery. Entry was open to all young people, working in any medium, anywhere in the world.

Gallery director Rebecca Wilson said: "We've seen our finalists go on to art school and graduate with fantastic degrees, so hopefully our support will encourage this year's 20 to pursue their commitment to art and help them become the very next Hockneys and Hirsts."

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