TALENTED young artists have put their hard work on show at this year's Junior Art Expo.

Over two big nights at the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery, the artists were awarded as part of the 2017 Toowoomba Art Society and The Chronicle Junior Art Expo.

One of those talent artists was London Heir who took out the Culliford Prize for open drawing for the second year in a row.

Ms Heir, 18, described her work as a self portrait, one she almost did not get to enter in the competition.

"I wanted to do shadows on my face which is something I have experimented with before but never really done properly," she said.

"I took a photo of myself and I started the work.

"I found out it was due the next day before noon. So I stayed up that night very, very, very late finishing this work."

Ms Heir said despite the short time frame, a lot of work was put into her drawing which took about 12 hours.

"The idea is very dreamy. I have had a lot of people say to me it looks like a dream, it's like your calm state, (and) like you die and that is the thing that you see," she said.

"Which is very strange, but I like that description of the work because it was very, very late at night. I was very, very calm."

Organiser Allan Bruce said there had been 141 entries into the expo this year, and this year in the primary section all from private schools.

Mr Bruce said the standard of work was high, with a larger than normal number of acceptances.

Prize winners:

Best picture (any medium) - Harriet Killen, 17, The Glennie School

Culliford prize, open drawing - London Heir, 18

Open drawing runner up - Harriet Killen, 17, The Glennie School

Open painting and multimedia winner - Jasmyn Bloodworth, 17, The Glennie School

Open painting and multimedia runner up - Jackson Copland, 16, Toowoomba Christian College

Open printmaking winner - Amber Glasgow, 17, St Joseph's College

Open printmaking runner up - Madeleine Nash, 16, St Ursula's College

Ralph Weppner senior encouragement award - Angus Mohr, 13, Toowoomba Grammar School

Schools' encouragement award - The Glennie School

Junior encouragement award - Gisele Hede, 6, The Glennie School and Nicholas Brown, Toowoomba Grammar School

Innovative use of collage (primary) - Lucy Stewart, 7, Mater Dei

Printmaking encouragement (primary) - Mia Fairbanks, 8, TACAPS


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