A NINE-year-old artist was selected from thousands to have his artwork exhibited by a prestigious gallery.

A drawing by Lucas Greenfield, a Year 4 pupil at The Prince of Wales School in Dorchester, is currently being displayed in an online exhibition hosted by The Royal Academy of Arts as part of the Young Artists' Summer Show online exhibition.

His pencil drawing, titled Homeless Man, was selected from more than 33,000 entries to feature in the exhibition and portrays a man looking back over his shoulder.

Lucas got his inspiration for the drawing from seeing homeless people on the streets in Dorchester and used his imagination to think about what they would be feeling.

Dorset Echo: Lucas Greenfield's Homeless Man drawing Picture: The Prince of Wales SchoolLucas Greenfield's Homeless Man drawing Picture: The Prince of Wales School

Speaking about his Homeless Man picture, Lucas said: "I made this drawing purely thinking about the emotions homeless people must go through living on the streets by themselves.

"I've seen homeless people in my town. This man is looking back, a bit suspicious of his surroundings."

Lucas's teachers are 'incredibly proud' of his success and of the 'outstanding' piece of work he created.

Headteacher at The Prince of Wales School Gary Spracklen said: "We are incredibly proud of Lucas and what he has achieved.

"To have your artwork on display in such a prestigious and iconic online exhibition is something that many artists only dream of.

"Lucas is very modest about his achievements but he has worked so hard and put in many, many hours to create such an outstanding piece of art."

Ann Johnson, art coordinator and deputy headteacher at The Prince of Wales School, said of Lucas's work: "Lucas is beginning to look beyond the image in his work.

"He is thinking about the characters that he portrays and the emotions that they evoke. This empathy shines through in his work."

Currently in its this year, The Young Artists' Summer Show featured 572 artworks from people aged between five and 19-years-old which were chosen from more than 33,000 submissions.

A spokesman for the Royal Academy of Arts said: "From sandwiches to cyclopes, magical sewing boxes and ships in soup, the artists featured in this year's Young Artists' Summer Show have astounded us once again."

To see Lucas's work and to view the full exhibition, visit www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/young-artists-summer-show-2021