HE is one of the world’s leading artists, but Sir Antony Gormley is going to have a tough job picking the winner of our fantastic art competition.
As ever, you have proved what a talented bunch of readers The Sun has.
We launched our Great Big Art Exhibition contest last month with sculptor Sir Antony, the genius behind the Angel Of The North in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, and many more incredible pieces around the world.
He asked you to draw, paint, sculpt or mould animals and display them in your windows to cheer up the country while Britain’s galleries are closed during lockdown.
But he was not just looking for the person who could make the most realistic piece of art.
The sculptor urged everyone to let their imaginations run riot — and you did that in spades.
The winning artist will receive a unique prize — one of the clay dogs Sir Anthony was inspired to make in the evenings to fill up the hours of lockdown.
The competition, which was open to any age, really fired up your creative juices.
And we were inundated with pictures of your paintings, model animals and sculptures, which were made by readers aged from five to 95.
The Sun’s panel of experts has had a tough job choosing the finalists on these pages. And soon Sir Antony will help select the winner.
Here we picture just some of your creations.
Short-listed finalists include Lona Gordon, eight, who is in love with octopuses and created a family of her own invention, four “blobopusses”, which she displayed on the wall outside the family’s home in Cardiff.
Raymond Bridge, 59, from Bermondsey, South London, made a leather owl while looking after his father.
Kelly Beer, 31, had not made any art since school.
But during the pandemic she picked up her brushes and painted a fox that she sees on walks near her home in Claygate, Surrey.
Suzan Inceer, 56, sewed bottles together to make a dragonfly, which she hung on the fence at her home in Southbourne, Dorset.
And schoolboy Kai Cowling, 12, from Peterlee, Co Durham, thought outside the box and turned an old milk carton into an elephant.
Our competition turned out to be an inspiration for Annie Farquharson, of Juniper Green, Midlothian, too.
After she saw our video of Sir Antony turning an apple-sized ball of clay into a dog, she had a go, too.
Keep an eye out in The Sun for when we soon reveal our Great Big Art Exhibition winner.
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