Artwork produced by a talented youngster will be on display in Dorchester this weekend.

Lucas Greenfield, 12, has received high praise from his former headteacher Gary Spracklen at The Prince of Wales School and is showcasing his artwork as part of Dorset Arts Week.

He now attends St Osmund Middle School in Dorchester.

His talent in portraiture has previously earned him recognition from the Royal Academy in 2021, for his pencil drawing, titled Homeless Man, which was singled out from more than 33,000 entries. 

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Lucas' inspiration for the drawing came from seeing homeless people on the streets in Dorchester.

He also had a spot as a participant on BBC programme Britain's Best Young Artist 2023.

His first solo exhibition went on display at the Prince of Wales School on Saturday, May 25 and ran until Wednesday, May 29, before resuming today (Friday, May 31) and will continue through to Sunday, June 2. 

Dorset Echo: Lucas' artwork is on display at The Prince of Wales School until Sunday, June 2Lucas' artwork is on display at The Prince of Wales School until Sunday, June 2 (Image: The Prince of Wales School)

Mr Spracklen has expressed his pride and excitement in hosting the event and describes Lucas as a 'special talent'.

He said: “It is an absolute honour for our school to showcase the extraordinary work of Lucas Greenfield.

“Lucas is a special talent, and it’s incredibly rewarding to see a former pupil achieve such acclaim at a young age.

"We always knew he was exceptional, and his work continues to inspire both pupils and staff.”

The exhibition is open to the public until Sunday from 1pm until 5pm and is being held in the staff room at The Prince of Wales School, located at Maiden Castle Road in Dorchester.

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The exhibition features a collection of Lucas’s latest works, highlighting his distinctive approach to portraiture that blends traditional techniques with a contemporary flair.

Visitors can 'expect to be mesmerised by the depth and emotion conveyed in his pieces', Mr Spracklen said.

He added: "Lucas’s journey from a promising young pupil at The Prince of Wales School to a celebrated young artist is a testament to his dedication and passion for art.

"The school is inviting people to attend the exhibition and to support and celebrate the achievements of a local young talent who is set to make waves in the art world."