‘It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child’. Pablo Picasso
The youngest artist in the exhibition is nine year old Maximilian Ghose whose oil on linen work entitled ‘Atlantis’ was submitted alongside a piece by his artist mother. Her piece was rejected and Max’s was accepted. He painted it on a day that he wasn’t feeling well enough to go to school. Ten year old Poppy Sendell’s acrylic piece entitled ‘Rainbow Tree’ was made during a school arts club and ten year old Felix Chadwick-Histed oil and acrylic work is entitled ‘Trees’.
The Royal Academy is also championing older students work in its 6th A-Level Summer Exhibition available to view online. This year’s virtual display is entitled Inter-Imaginational Communication Technology and includes paintings, drawings, sculpture, prints and photography. The online exhibition attracted over 1,450 submissions from 400 secondary schools and colleges across the UK. Only those currently studying A-Levels, IB or Higher were eligible to apply. Out of these 45 have been selected by judges Grayson Perry RA, Andrea Tarsia (Head of Exhibitiion Organisation at the RA) and Pio Abad (RA Schools Student). The works have been divided into three virtual galleries titled Myself and the Rabbits, Invisible Wall of Nothing and The Back End of a Castle. A further 77 works have been commended in a short list.
Grayson Perry RA said: ‘I was surprised by the sophistication and diversity of techniques and approaches in the A-Level art but the classic themes of teenage angst remain thankfully little changed’.