Auction for Ark - Student artist's painting is a huge hit at Sotheby's

A painting by a Year 8 student has received the highest bid at a charity auction held at Sotheby's.

Shania Varsani's work 'The Lawyer' was put forward for the ARK for Art evening and, impressively, outsold two sets of Henry Moore etchings. The piece was created as part of Ark Academy's curriculum on Aspirations, with students encouraged to think about their hopes for their future career path.

Shania said: 'I’m just shocked because I didn’t think my work was really good. My family really love art and it made my mum really proud that my painting was at Sotheby’s but I didn’t actually know that it would go for that much.

My picture was a self portrait and I drew a barrister as well to represent my career. I want to be a lawyer because I am really interested in law and I like debating; I want to make my parents proud.

I think Ark is really good because if it wasn’t for the school I wouldn’t be having this experience and I’m really thankful to the school and my Art teachers Miss Patel and Miss McHaffie, because they’ve really taught me well and I hope they can teach me more.'

She continued: 'Being at Sotheby's was exciting because we got to see our paintings exhibited and it was special. But it was also nerve-wracking because everyone was looking at our paintings!'

Fellow student Elise Benjamin's work 'The Psychiatrist' was also featured and auctioned at the event.

She said: 'I was quite proud because in the room next door there was a David Hockney painting.

At Ark they taught me that drawing and painting can help me express myself and doing this project has helped me tell other people what I want to do in life.'