The shortlist for the Young Masters Art Prize is announced today, Friday 12 May 2017. Eighteen artists from across the globe will compete for this coveted international prize, which celebrates contemporary artists who pay homage to the skill and traditions of the past.

The shortlist includes Ghanaian-British multi-media artist Amartey Golding whose film Chainmail throws light over cultural behaviours towards race, gender and sexuality, while channelling the darkness of El Greco and Goya; Dutch fine art photographer Isabelle van Zeijl who blends the techniques and idioms of the Old Masters with present-day aesthetics to create striking self-portraits; British print-maker John Phillips whose eerie still lifes are created from over 1,000 separate photographs; and American painter Lucy Beecher Nelson who reinvents 15th century Italian marriage portraits.

The Young Masters Art Prize 2017 Shortlist

Amartey Golding | Antoine Schneck | Asya Reznikov | Azita Moradkhani | Carole Freeman | David Piddock | Isabelle van Zeijl | John Phillips | Lars Reiffers | Laura Hospes | Liane Lang | Liron Kroll | Lucy Beecher Nelson | Sasha Bowles | Sheila Rock | Stephen Snoddy | Tamara Al Mashouk | Yuehan Pan

AmarteyGolding,UmbrellaAmartey Golding, Umbrella, 2016. Limited Edition, C-Type Print, 90 x 70 cm.

For 2017, the Young Masters Art Prize is delighted to welcome multi-media artist Gordon Cheung as its guest artist.  His work will be part of the Young Masters Art Prize exhibition.

The Young Masters Art Prize and Young Masters Maylis Grand Ceramics Prize shortlist exhibition will be held at Gallery 8 in the heart of London’s St James’s from 19 to 24 June 2017.  A selection of shortlisted artists will be shown in an exhibition at the Royal Overseas League from 28 June to 8 September 2017 and at the Royal Opera Arcade Gallery from 2 to 14 October 2017 during Frieze week. The winner will be announced on 21 June.

For more press information and images, please contact Iliana Taliotis on +44 (0)7931 341 112 or

Featured image: Amartey Golding, Umbrella, 2016. Limited Edition C-Type Print. 90 x 70 cm


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