Teen artist fears Peace Bridge painting nicked

Artist Rebecca McNamee pictured with her photorealist painting that has gone missing from Derry' Peace bridge, where it had been on display
Artist Rebecca McNamee pictured with her photorealist painting that has gone missing from Derry' Peace bridge, where it had been on display
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A teenage artist is asking the Derry public for their help tracking down one of her paintings which she fears may have been stolen from the city’s Peace Bridge.

Lumen Christi College student Rebecca McNamee (17), says she was delighted when one of her pieces was selected to go on display at the Ebrington side of the bridge following its opening in June.

Rebecca’s photorealist painting of a pair of eyes - part of her work for her AS level - was the first piece people came to when they crossed the Foyle to the Waterside. Until earlier this week, that is when it was noticed it was missing

“My aunt uses the bridge a lot and she says it was definitely there on Sunday,” Rebecca says.

“But on Tuesday my mum got a couple of telephone calls to say it was missing.”

Rebecca says the piece took her around ten hours to complete.

Now the teenage artist, who is busying herself with final preparations for the Void Art School’s exhibition which opens on Saturday, says she would just love to have it back.

“I am not looking for anyone to be punished. I would be very happy if they would just bring it back,” she says.

Anyone who knows what may have happened to Rebecca’s painting can get in touch via the ‘Journal’ on 71272200.

A larger version of Rebecca’s painting will be one of two of the teenage artist’s pieces on display at the ‘Lacan Can...’ exhibition which runs from August 9-13 at Derry’s Void Gallery.