Rose Fowler, 18, of Casino High School, with her portrait of the Dalia Lama which will be part of an exhibition of works by high school students in the Richmond Valley.
Rose Fowler, 18, of Casino High School, with her portrait of the Dalia Lama which will be part of an exhibition of works by high school students in the Richmond Valley. Doug Eaton

Budding artist exhibits talent

A GREAT idea devised by teenage artist Rose Fowler for her Year 12 HSC major art project will be hung in Casino later this month for all to see.

The former Casino High School student's concept was to depict the "five stages of grief" made famous by psychiatrist Elizabeth Kubler-Ross and to associate each stage with a celebrity.

Ms Fowler, 18, painted portraits of Charlie Sheen to depict denial; Russell Crowe anger; Amy Winehouse depression; Lindsay Lohan bargaining and His Holiness the Dalai Lama acceptance.

Ms Fowler's pentaptych (series of five paintings) will be hung in an exhibition titled School's Out! at the Platypus Gallery, attached to the Visitor Information Centre in Casino's Centre St.

"I hope when people see the paintings they will regard it as something of a satire," Ms Fowler told The Northern Star.

"The five stages of grief are emotions that everyone experiences, it's just that these people are famous."

Having now finished school, where she majored in art, Ms Fowler has been accepted into Bond University next year to start a Property and Sustainable Development course, which she hopes will give her a taste of architectural drawing.

Ms Fowler said she has always loved creating art.

"I used to draw on the walls when I was little," she said.

"I understand art ... it makes sense to me. I'm inspired by pop art and how colour can bring emotion to the artwork."

School's Out! will feature works by Year 11 and 12 students from Evans Head K-12 and Casino High School.

Platypus Gallery co-ordinator Alicia Wallace said the exhibition would be open from Saturday, December 17, to January 31, 2012.



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