TWO talented art students at an Uxbridge school have had their sculptures submitted to the Young Artists’ Summer Show at the Royal Academy of Art.

It is the first time Park Academy in Park View Road has entered and head of art Geraldine Mattis said the decision was a reflection of the standard of work from Samuel Auckland and Sapphira Beavers.

Miss Mattis, 44, is confident both 16-year-olds will see their work shortlisted.

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.

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They originally created their pieces as part of their GCSE coursework.

Miss Mattis 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.

‘’He has an apprenticeship lined up with a carpentry firm where his talent has been recognised.

‘’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.”

If the entries are successful, they will be exhibited at the Royal Academy.