Opportunity to see QE artists’ work at local exhibition this summer

Artworks by two senior students have been selected for display alongside the work of professional artists at a summer exhibition.

Lower Sixth-Former Henry Yang, whose work is pictured top left, and Arjun Paliwal, of Year 11, have had their work chosen for artsdepot open 2011 at the artsdepot in North Finchley – the only professional arts venue in the borough of Barnet.

The selection was made by freelance art critic Estelle Lovatt (known for her work with BBC Radio 2’s flagship arts programme The Arts Show with Claudia Winkleman), by north London artist Anya Beaumont and by art history student Evgenia Bentchava.

The exhibition, which runs from Wednesday 20th July-Sunday 4th September 2011 primarily shows the work of professional artists but this year also encouraged participation by art students. It is curated by Alice Lobb.

Art teacher Stephen Buckeridge said: “Henry and Arjun are to be congratulated on their achievement, particularly since the selection of students’ work was limited to a couple of places. I’m pleased to say that both their pieces look at home in the venue.”

  • A fractured post-modern vision of the landscape linked to a study of mirrors and reflections, also by Henry Yang, was one of only 40 pieces chosen for display in the Royal Academy’s A-level Summer Exhibition Online until 15th August. It may be viewed here (top row, far right).
  • The Royal Academy also shortlisted Adrian Chua’s interpretation of the theme Mirrors, which may also be viewed online (4th row, middle). Adrian is also in the Sixth Form.""
  • Arjun Paliwal has been chosen for two weeks’ work experience this summer at Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, the practice of world renowned architect Lord Rogers. Arjun and his classmates have been producing paintings on surrealism, exploring mixed media approaches taken by artists such as Jasper Johns as well as the varied graphic and fine art techniques of James Rosenquist, Richard Hamilton and Dexter Dalwood. Arjun’s piece, currently on show at the artsdepot, is shown to the right.
  • Former pupil Tom Kikuchi (1999-2006), who took A-level Art at QE, has already had his art selected to show in a London gallery, following completion of his Fine Art degree at Chelsea College of Art and his final show in June.