Two talented art students at a Hillingdon school have had their sculptures submitted to this year’s Young Artists’ Summer Show at the Royal Academy of Art.

It is the first time Park Academy has chosen to enter the national competition and Geraldine Mattis, who is Head of Art at the Park View Road school, said the decision is a reflection of the standard of work from Samuel Auckland and Sapphira Beavers.

Miss Mattis, 44, said she is confident both 16-year-old pupils will see their work shortlisted for the show which aims to recognise talent in young artists.

Sam was influenced by Pop Art to create his Coca-Cola cans and matches while Sapphira was inspired by painter Jean-Michel Basquiat, star of the 1980s New York art scene, to produce a graffiti-covered skull.

Sam and Sapphira originally created their pieces as part of their GCSE coursework and the theme chosen was the Cass Sculpture Foundation which is based in Goodwood, Sussex.

The Foundation’s 26 acre grounds are home to an ever-changing display of 80 monumental sculptures.

Miss Mattis said although previous GCSE students have focused on drawing or painting for their coursework she wanted this year’s students to produce art with a 3D focus.

Commenting on the work of Sam and Sapphira, she said: ‘’It’s the quality of the outcome of Sam’s work that make his pieces stand out from other students. I can picture his matches on a plinth in Trafalgar Square. His work is very relatable, commercial and contemporary.

‘’He has an apprenticeship lined up with a carpentry firm where his talent has been recognised. Sam is going to be successful and one to watch.

‘’Sapphira’s skull is a Marmite piece – you either like it or hate it! It’s a piece with lots of different layers. She is an emerging fine artist who is going to grow. Fine artists can diversify. Sapphira’s passion and commitment will see her develop a successful career in the arts.’’

If Sam and Sapphira’s entries are successful they will have their wares exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts with further prizes awarded and the chance to sell their work which will be available online too.