We are delighted that two artists shortlisted for the fourth edition of the Young Masters Art Prize, Liane Lang and Isabelle van Zeijl, Young Masters Alumni, Beatriz Elorza and Dene Leigh, and Young Masters 2017 Guest Artist, Gordon Cheung, all feature in this year’s Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.

The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition is the world’s largest open-submission and offers emerging and established artists the opportunity to exhibit their work in a leading institution. Under the curatorial direction of Eileen Cooper OBE RA, who as Keeper is responsible for supporting and guiding the RA Schools, the 2017 exhibition embodies the central ethos of the Academy, exploring themes of discovery and new talent.

Isabelle van Zeijl pictured here with her work SHE, 2016, and President of the Royal Academy Christopher Le Brun PRA.

In addition to exhibiting at the Young Masters Art Prize Exhibition later this June, Liane Lang and Isabelle van Zeijl both have work on display, coincidentally hung side-by-side, at The Royal Academy. van Zeijl’s photographic self-portrait SHE and Lang’s mixed-media works Ink Spill and Blow Out occupy the walls of Gallery IX. With Gilbert & George’s Beard Speak as a centrepiece, the Gallery is hung by Royal Academicians Eileen Cooper and Bill Jacklin. Encompassing photographs, paintings and digital works, it celebrates the messy reality of life, intimate moments, private spaces and passions.

Liane Lang, Blow Out, mixed media and pigment (No. 988. Gallery IX)
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Liane Lang, Ink Spill, pigment print and metallic ink, edition of 5. (No. 1058. Gallery IX)


Young Masters alumni have gone on to practice and exhibit worldwide, their works have been published and acquired by international museums and institutions.

2017 marks Beatriz Elorza’s second consecutive year exhibiting at the Royal Academy. Her presence is certainly felt in Burlington House this summer; not only is Elorza’s Afternoon Shade hanging boldly in the Gallery I, her painting also features in the Summer Exhibition Illustrated catalogue and is included in the select poster collection of the RA Shop!

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Beatriz Elorza, Afternoon Shade, mixed media (No. 160. Gallery I)


Since being shortlisted for the Young Masters Art Prize in 2014, Dene Leigh received a generous private sponsorship leading to a new body of work and solo shows in London and California. Leigh is exhibiting two pencil studies at this year’s exhibition, Triangle Face and A Prisoner to Words.


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Dene Leigh, Triangle Face, pencil on found paper (No. 513, Gallery IV) & Dene Leigh, A Prisoner to Words, pencil on found paper (No. 514, Gallery IV)


Young Masters 2017 Guest Artist, Gordon Cheung is featured in the prestigious Wohl Central Hall with his technicolour painting Minotaur 2. Young Masters is proud to present Cheung’s The Course of Empire – The Arcadian or Pastoral State (after Thomas Cole), 1974-75, 2017 at the highly anticipated Young Masters Art Prize 2017 exhibition.

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Gordon Cheung, Minotaur 2, Archival inkjet prints with hand-painting in acrylic, edition of 20. (No. 8. Wohl Central Hall)


The Young Masters Art Prize 2017 runs 19th – 24th June 2017 at Gallery 8, 8 Duke Street, St James’s, London, SW1Y 6BN.  The Private View takes place on Tuesday 20 June, 6 – 9 pm. The winner will be announced on 21 June.  Preview works  ARTSY

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2017, 13th June – 20th August 2017, Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BD.

Featured Image: Isabelle van Zeijl, She, 2016, C- Type Print, Dibond / Perspex face mounted in tray frame, 110 x 100 cm, 43 1/4 x 39 3/8 in. Edition of 7 plus 3 artist’s proofs.

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