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10 young artists who will restore your faith in art

Published 21 August 2020

The Young Artists’ Summer Show is our free, open submission exhibition for young people aged 5–19. Their art will inspire you, challenge you and, most importantly, make you smile.

    • Sometimes there is no deeper meaning

      “I painted this picture after seeing a robin in the garden.”

      Cressida, aged 5.

      Cressida, Robin in Snow

      Cressida, Robin in Snow, 2020.

      Acrylic paint and gesso on canvas. 20 x 20 x 3.5 mm. Young Artists' Summer Show..

    • Representation matters

      “I was interested in how black people have been depicted in western art and specifically in the colours that artists used for black skin tones. I decided to paint 12 girls at my school who all have very different tones of black skin, but who are described as black.”

      Sophia, age 18.

      Sophia, Twelve

      Sophia, Twelve, 2020.

      Acrylic and oil on 12 canvases. 1828 x 1068 x 35 mm. Young Artists' Summer Show..

    • Has science gone too far?

      “Lemogranate is a mix of a lemon and a pomegranate. With both being very different, the idea is that the depiction of two merged fruits conveys that what you see on the outside is not always what is on the inside, or in other words, life is not always what it seems.”

      Anna, age 13.

      Anna, Lemongranate

      Anna, Lemongranate, 2020.

      Acrylic. A4. Young Artists' Summer Show..

    • How do you paint a song?

      “I listened to ‘A Night on Bald Mountain’ by Modest Mussorgsky and painted how the music made me feel. Sometimes I felt calm and sometimes I felt excited.”

      Archie, age 10.

      Archie, Listening to 'A Night on Bald Mountain'

      Archie, Listening to 'A Night on Bald Mountain', 2020.

      Gouache on canvas. A3. Young Artists' Summer Show..

    • The Covid Generation's lost summer

      “This was painted in the midst of the disoriented time of global lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The figures are cooped up in a room that is brought to life by an amalgamation of patterns and colours. The painting bustles with familiar symbols and motifs of this strange time, conveying the experience of being socially isolated and kept in a cage; your own home.”

      Honor, age 18.

      Honor, Social Isolation

      Honor, Social Isolation, 2020.

      Acrylic paint and ink on canvas. 558 x 355 mm. Young Artists' Summer Show..

    • You art what you eat

      “My project focused on the mundane contents of bags. The raw canvas background becomes the surface upon which the salad leaves are displayed.”

      Hannah, age 18.

      Hannah, Untitled

      Hannah, Untitled, 2020.

      A1. Young Artists' Summer Show..

    • The cutest deadly sin

      “I wanted to draw a sloth as they are my favourite animal. I love how slow they are and their fluffy fur. I used pastels and shaded it to try and show its fluffy fur.”

      Willow-Rose, Age 7.

      Willow-Rose, Sparky the Sleepy Sloth

      Willow-Rose, Sparky the Sleepy Sloth, 2020.

      Oil pastels. 30 x 30 cm. Young Artists' Summer Show..

    • On the shoulders of giants

      “Mrs Obi has taught me since reception. She is very kind and caring.”

      Jemima, age 10.

      Jemima, Age 10, Mrs Obi

      Jemima, Age 10, Mrs Obi, 2020.

      Charcoal on paper. A2. Young Artists' Summer Show..

    • The collaboration of 2020

      “This was a collaborative piece using acrylics and mixed media. During a visit to the local Primrose Woods, Archie and Zac sketched the view and the edge of the woods then combined their sketches to produce this abstracted piece.”

      Archie and Zak, age 7.

      Archie and Zac, View from Primrose Wood

      Archie and Zac, View from Primrose Wood, 2020.

      Acrylic, inks and oil pastels. 48 x 48 cm. Young Artists' Summer Show..

    • Question masculinity

      “This is a portrait of my brother, he is in year 9 and lives in South East London. I’m interested in how he is navigating his identity at this crossroads of his life. Through symbols normally associated with the traditional dress of women in West Africa I want to ask the viewer to question typical assumptions about masculinity.”

      Jennifer, age 16.

      Jennifer, Brother

      Jennifer, Brother, 2020.

      Acrylic. A1. Young Artists' Summer Show..