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Young Masters Art Prize 2012

The Young Masters Art Prize 2012, a not-for-profit initiative launched by the Cynthia Corbett Gallery, has recently opened for applications.  This call for artists coincides with the solo exhibition of Young Masters Art Prize 2009 winners, Ghost of a Dream, at the London Art Fair. Ghost of a Dream’s vibrant and intricate installation, “this is it”, will be on display in Art Projects (boothP3) of the London Art Fair from 18 – 22 January.

“this is it”(detail), Ghost of a Dream (2010), Courtesy of The Cynthia Corbett Gallery

The Young Masters Art Prize serves to recognise newly established artists who combine innovation with an awareness of the Old Masters in their work. In particular, it aims to celebrate contemporary art that incorporates the craftsmanship and technical skill exemplified by the Old Masters. The prize welcomes applications which borrow from a wide range of Old Master artwork, spanning all artistic traditions and time periods.

“this is it”, Ghost of a Dream (2010), Courtesy of The Cynthia Corbett Gallery

The pain-staking and detailed technique deployed in their sculptural installations won Ghost of a Dream the Young Masters Art Prize in 2009. This American artist collaborative, comprising Adam Eckstrom and Lauren Was, use the by-products of popular culture to create artworks which invite the spectator to muse upon personal aspirations and the lure of wealth. Whether it is a romance novel someone reads to transport them into a dream reality, a religious tract promising the glory of eternal life, or a lottery ticket that gives the possibility of a future full of decadence, Ghost of a Dream use these remnants to re-create dreams.

“Project of the Adequacy of the Great Gallery of the Louvre”, Lluís Barba (2010), Courtesy of The Cynthia Corbett Gallery

Other Young Master artists – including Victoria Hall, Jamie Lumley, Charlotte Bracegirdle, Tracy Satchwill, Adeline de Monseignat, Lluís Barba and Karim Hamid – will be exhibiting at the Cynthia Corbett Gallery stand (booth G1) in the main fair.

On 18 January, Adam Eckstrom will take part in a discussion with Godfrey Barker, the esteemed art historian and chair of the judging panel for the Young Masters Art Prize 2012. Godfrey will subsequently also talk to Victoria Hall, Jamie Lumley and Charlotte Bracegirdle. Tickets are available to reserve on the London Art Fair website here.

“Atalanta and Hippomenes”, Charlotte Bracegirdle (2010), Courtesy of The Cynthia Corbett Gallery

For information about the Young Masters Art Prize 2012 contact Annabel Cary, at: info@young-masters.co.uk.

For sales enquiries, contact Celia Kinchington at: info@thecynthiacorbettgallery.co.uk.