Young Masters Art Prize 2014 shows contemporary art can still learn from the past

The prize also recognises ceramicists for the first time this year

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The shortlist for the Young Masters Art Prize 2014 has been announced, showcasing the talent of contemporary artists who pay homage to the skills and traditions of the past. 

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The shortlist consists of artists from around the world, including Red Saunders, a photographer for Rolling Stone and GQ who has produced photographs inspired by Rembrandt and Caravaggio; Alice Palmer, a textile designer who uses industrial machines to create knitted artworks in a tapestry style; and young painter Caterina Voltolini, whose self-portraits are influenced by Italian artists Fra Angelico and Giotto.

Established by gallerist Cynthia Corbett in 2009, the prize recognises ceramicists for the first time in its Young Masters Maylis Grand Ceramics Prize this year.

The winner of the Young Masters Art Prize will be chosen by a jury panel from a shortlist of over 300 applications.

Godfrey Barker, journalist and art historian, chairs the judging panel this year, which also includes Charles Saumarez Smith, chief executive of the Royal Academy; Roy Bolton, founder of Sphinx Fine Art; Werner Grub, international collector; Ben Austin, founder of Fluff PR and Daisy McMullan, associate director of the Young Masters Art Prize.

The winner will be announced on Wednesday 29 October.  Work by the 45 shortlisted artists will be available to view at Sphinx Fine Art, Notting Hill until 31 October.

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