Royal Academy honour for Daniel

Daniel Banks 1 webAN artist has received one of the greatest accolades in the art world for his age group.

Daniel Banks, who studies Fine Art and Graphic Design at Priestley College, has seen a piece of his artwork included in the Royal Academy’s A Level Summer Exhibition Online.

His piece – Construction 2 – was one of only 36 included in the showcase out of 2,100 entries from 1,280 aspiring artists.

“It took a few days to sink in, but now it has I feel extremely proud,” said Daniel, from Rydal Avenue in Lower Walton.

“It was a joke in my class that I never picked up a pencil because I was more interested in construction so this has been great for my confidence because it means I was doing something right.”

Each year the Royal Academy chooses pieces for its online exhibition that it believes will inspire other young artists across the country.

This year’s judges – including curator Dr Adrian Locke, RA Schools student Julie Born Schwartz and Humphrey Ocean RA, one of Britain’s most successful contemporary painters – narrowed the entries down to 36, all of which are now in the virtual gallery.

Daniel, who is 18, was inspired by the work of Janet Nathan for his piece, which is made from a deconstructed old bench and new pieces of wood.

The former Bridgewater High pupil hopes it will generate discussion because different people will see different things within the lines and shapes he has created.

“While I’ve been at Priestley I have discovered that I would much rather create something structurally than paint or draw,” said Daniel, who is staying at college to complete an Art Foundation course.

The Royal Academy describes having work chosen for the exhibition as one of the greatest accolades for young artists.

Curator Dr Adrian Locke said: “The overall standard of work submitted remains impressively high, a very positive reflection on their creative imagination and technical ability.

“At a time when art as a subject is under threat, it is essential to realise how important it remains as a means of expression.

“It has been a pleasure to judge the sophisticated and mature work and it is worth remembering the valuable support of teaching staff in the creative process.”

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