School pupil’s ‘cave paintings’ set to go on show in London

A talented pupil from Norbury Primary School has had a piece of his art accepted for the Royal Academy Young Artists’ Summer Show.

Year four pupil Freddie Braithwaite-Smith’s recreations of cave paintings were picked out of more than 33,000 entries from students in year one to year 13.

The entry means his art will be exhibited in front of thousands of people in London, and available to view online.

The eight-year-old says he was inspired to recreate cave paintings because the coronavirus pandemic made him feel locked in a simple world, with history being made all around him.

He said: “I made a fake cave out of a piece of bent metal-sheet and sand, and coloured it to look like rock.

“I found out that cavemen blew paint to make handprints, and I did this too, and then used charcoal to draw the images that remind me of Covid and coloured them with earthy colours.

“There are pictures of the NHS rainbow, camping, hands, face, space, Joe Wickes, Zoom, and my cat Nutmeg.

“My mummy and me have a Covid virus on our hands as we were ill. I found it hard to draw on my rock, so it is amazing prehistoric cave art has survived.”

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