They are some of the most treasured artworks ever to have been created. Take Cheryl Smythe’s “banch of FlOwaS” (sic). Described by dealers as “Acrylic on sugar paper” the vibrant and original work measures 14 centimetres by 10 centimetres, it was discovered among an “amazing” hoard of art works in a forgotten cupboard of the medical room of St Saviours Primary School, near Bromley. Year five teacher Dave Smith found them when he was looking for TCP.
The hoard includes the composition mYdadsCar by Amish Singh, (paint, glitter and Prittstick on card) and an unnamed abstract sculpture, thought to be the work of Jake Finn, who went on to captain the football team, before moving to Leicester because his dad got a job there. Although experts think it might be an “offcut” despite being neatly labelled by Jake himself, possibly with a penknife though they are not allowed.
To the artists and their parents, these works are beyond mere monitory value. But it will take months of painstaking detective work to match the artwork to its rightful owner or creator, some of whom are now in the juniors.
“They were obviously stashed here by that horrible supply teacher.. what was her name, the one with the funny mouth” explained Deputy Head Sue Smithers. “She was very critical of the children’s work and insisted that in all paintings the sky should meet the horizon, and that if she couldn’t recognise what it was straight away, then the child couldn’t take it home. She even threatened to throw them away. She said abstract patterns were rubbish. She didn’t last very long.”