Seven-year-old Lucinda Dumont was “born to create” and thanks to the support from the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) she will soon open her first art exhibition, Faces.
The bright, eye-catching naïve artwork Lucinda creates has captured the essence of the subjects from a youngster’s view.
For five years Lucinda has been dabbling in various art mediums and styles, but she turned her focus to painting with acrylics last year.
“I find it relaxing,” Lucinda said.
“I have painted my mum, (my brother) Winston and my red heeler Chilli.”
Lucinda is the youngest recipient of a RADF grant in the Bundaberg Region, and her mum Lauren Corvino believes Lucinda may even be the youngest artist in Queensland to receive RADF funding.
Lauren said Lucinda’s style has been likened to Pablo Picasso, and it is similar to Australian artist Ken Done.
“Lucinda loves creating, she is home-schooled, and I get to watch her follow her passion and when she gets in the zone you can see she really enjoys it,” Lauren said.
“Each painting takes her a few days, between coats and background – she’ll be working on a few at once – she was definitely born to create.
“Her style is bright, I compare her to Ken Done cross with Picasso.”
RADF grant helps promote young artists like Lucinda
Lucinda received a RADF Quick Response grant to support her Faces exhibition opening.
Local RADF grant applicants under 18 years of age are eligible to apply with the support of a parent or guardian.
“The RADF grant has helped with the opening, and I am really proud of her,” Lauren said.
“Without the funding it would have been very difficult.”
The young Gin Gin artist is excited to feature her 35 artworks in the Faces exhibition at the local gallery, and said she took inspiration from close family and friends.
“My nanna and pa will come (from Bendigo) to see it, I’m excited because I haven’t seen them in years,” Lucinda said.
“I have painted both of them.”
Lucinda Dumont’s Faces exhibition opens at Gin Gin Courthouse Regional Gallery on Saturday 1 October.
RADF promotes the role and value of arts, culture, and heritage as key drivers of diverse and inclusive communities.
The Bundaberg Regional Council RADF funding supports artists, projects and programs that contribute to strengthening the creative ecology of the region.
For more information about the Regional Arts Development Fund, click here.