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Eleven-year-old Sawbridgeworth art prodigy Marcel Daniluk growing in confidence after his work bears fruit and renowned artist Mario Mendoza takes him under his wing





It's been a landmark year for young aspiring artist Marcel Daniluk - but 2023 looks even brighter for the child prodigy.

Eleven-year-old Marcel, of Sawbridgeworth, was featured in the Indie back in February when we told of how he had turned to art at the age of four to express himself.

Almost a year on and the Reedings Junior pupil has become somewhat of a local celebrity, popping up at fairs and fetes and sharing an exhibition with renowned impressionist and figurative artist Mario Mendoza, who lives in Bishop's Stortford.

Marcel is receiving lessons from Stortford artist Mario Mendoza (61442348)
Marcel is receiving lessons from Stortford artist Mario Mendoza (61442348)

Marcel began completing commissions for Sawbridgeworth people after he was asked to paint a picture for a teacher at his old school Fawbert & Barnard Infants who was ill.

The requests for commissions snowballed, as did Marcel's faith in his abilities and his general confidence.

His output was prolific, but the more he painted the more people wanted his work. He exhibited on a wall in a shop in North Street, Bishop's Stortford and as Christmas approached he realised there was an opportunity to capitalise on his art - something many people had told him was not possible.

Marcel creating a masterpiece (61442335)
Marcel creating a masterpiece (61442335)

Marcel's favourite subjects to paint include underwater creatures and space scenes, but he began to see how he could monetise his art with topical scenes.

Christmas cards were produced and sold and after his second appearance at Kidz Fair in Stortford he made £500 from sales.

His mum Urszula Ossowska said the experience had helped her son grow in confidence. He did not speak until he was five and still struggles in some social situations. But his fame as an artist has seen him more confident with his peers and more accepted.

Marcel's favourite pictures include those about space (61443729)
Marcel's favourite pictures include those about space (61443729)

"Now children are asking him to join in, they know him better," she said. "He is proud and he is earning money," added Urszula. "In one year he has made so much progress - he has put aside over £2,000 for his future."

And Marcel is keen to share his love of art, now teaching his younger brother Jacek, five, and sister Helena, two.

After initially having lessons at Parndon Mill in Harlow Marcel was sponsored by Mario, who agreed to give him lessons, something he was thrilled about.

Marcel with his painting of an Aston Martin (61442350)
Marcel with his painting of an Aston Martin (61442350)

Mario is in awe of his young prodigy. "Marcel and his mum met me in August at one of my exhibitions and asked me if I would give him lessons," he said.

"He had a few sessions - he has definitely got something. He's got the talent and he is very disciplined with his work.

"I felt honoured that he looked up to my art."

Marcel has started teaching his brother Jarek and sister Helena (61442358)
Marcel has started teaching his brother Jarek and sister Helena (61442358)

Mario was unsurprised Marcel's success with his art had seen him blossom. "The key is to share," said Mario. "He started sharing with the community and it's an exercise in consultation with anybody who buys his art."

"I am delighted to have a relationship with his family," said Mario. "He is a true pleasure to work with and who knows where he will be in three, four or five years."

Water creatures are among Marcel's favourite subjects to paint (61443731)
Water creatures are among Marcel's favourite subjects to paint (61443731)
Marcel's robin (61442323)
Marcel's robin (61442323)
A barn owl by Marcel (61442311)
A barn owl by Marcel (61442311)
A poster advertising Marcel's exhbition (61442352)
A poster advertising Marcel's exhbition (61442352)
Owls (61442344)
Owls (61442344)
A horse by Marcel (61443723)
A horse by Marcel (61443723)
Marcel's take on a lighthouse (61442313)
Marcel's take on a lighthouse (61442313)
Planes by Marcel (61443736)
Planes by Marcel (61443736)
A seagull by Marcel (61442339)
A seagull by Marcel (61442339)
Underwater creatures are among Marcel's favourite subjects to paint (61443738)
Underwater creatures are among Marcel's favourite subjects to paint (61443738)

To see more of Marcel's work see Marcel Daniluk Art on Facebook.



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