The Young Masters Prize has been awarded to Lottie Davies for 2012. Art historian and chair of the Art Masters judging panel, Godfrey Barker, presented the winner with the £5,000 award at Gallery 27, Cork Street.

Lottie Davies said “It’s just wonderful to win the prize, particularly given the strong competition from such fabulously creative artists from different disciplines. I am delighted that my work is included in the exhibition alongside so many beautiful, fascinating works of art and I hope I can live up to being chosen as the winner. Thank you all so very much.”

The Young Masters Art Prize is a unique, not-for-profit biennial competition open to international and UK-based artists who combine skill and innovation with awareness of the Old Masters and art of the past, giving global recognition to artists in the early stages of their career.

The judges could not decide on two further commended artists, but instead selected four artists who they all felt deserved further recognition; Georgia Dodson, Mia Brownell, Wieland Payer and Brad Woodfin. These four were awarded £250 by The Artists’ Collecting Society, as well as advice to all the shortlisted artists on artists’ copyright and how to market their art. All of the winning artists will also have the opportunity to hold some selected images at the Bridgeman Art Library.

Cynthia Corbett, founder of the Young Masters Art Prize and Director of The Cynthia Corbett Gallery said, “I am once again delighted to support this unique celebration of artistic skill and innovation. The second edition of the Young Masters Art Prize this year has gone to another level entirely, and the international response has been extraordinary. I would like to thank all the judges, sponsors, curator and supporters of the prize, and I congratulate not only the winning artist but all the artists on a wonderful achievement.”

The Young Masters Art Prize 2012 Exhibition has been curated in two parts by Daisy McMullan, Part 1 took place at Sphinx Fine Art, W8 in October 2012 and saw shortlisted artists’ work hung alongside Old Masters paintings from the Sphinx Fine Art Collection. For part 2, McMullan presented the shortlisted artists alongside three established Guest artists; Yinka Shonibare, MBE, Ali Assaf and Lluís Barba.

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