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Portrait of the Artist as a Young Girl

Leslie Adams's avatar Leslie Adams

Who is this child? This child from suburban Middle America. This child whose only goal was to win a scholarship to Art Instruction Schools in hope of pursuing her artistic dream. This child with fierce determination, who copied Winky, the Boxer, and Lucky - the "Draw Me" heads from matchbook covers and magazines that have been a staple in American Pop culture since 1914. This child of the 60s and 70s, in madras plaid, in front of her first easel. It’s me. And, I am still at my easel. No, I didn’t win that prize as a child, but the Warhol Scholarship I won to study classical drawing at the New York Academy of Art, more than made up for my earlier disappointment. So, with a bit of irony, “Portrait of the Artist as a Young Girl” tells the story of my education, weaving classical and old master references with a healthy dash of 20th and 21st century pop culture. This portrait, however personal, is also a reminder that we all share in the universality of childhood dreams and aspirations.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 3 inches
  • Medium: Charcoal and white chalk on paper
  • Width: 45 inches
  • Year created: 2013
  • Height: 65 inches