Berkhamsted School students stage town centre art exhibition

Natasha Mok
Natasha Mok

TWO talented sixth-formers got the opportunity to exhibit their work in a week-long display at a town centre art gallery.

Natasha Mok and Lawrence Deighan, both in their final years at Berkhamsted School, were given the entire space at The Upstairs Gallery from Tuesday to Saturday last week.

Lawrence Deighan

Lawrence Deighan

School head of art and design Caroline Ferguson said: “It’s an extraordinary achievement for such young artists to hold their first professional exhibition before going to art college.

“We hope to be able to continue to offer this opportunity to art students at the School in future years.”

They won the opportunity as part of its work experience week after a series of interviews.

Fifty per cent of the profits from selling their work will be given to the Pepper Foundation, which cares for children with life-limiting illnesses.

Lawrence’s work combines his skills of painting and drawing in fine art and abstract form. He works in oil, ink and watercolour to create landscape and portrait pieces, using influences from artists such as Agnes Cecile and Tim Okamura.

Natasha creates her pieces using different media, combining them together to form surreal landscapes. She is currently experimenting with plaster and mod-rock body casts, coated with acrylic and ink. She also works in the dark room, creating body photograms using different textures to double expose, producing unique silhouettes.