Innovative portraits of dental X-rays and records made James Ralston’s work stand out from thousands of entries.
As a result, the 19-year-old former Oakham School pupil’s artwork was exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery in London.
James’ art installation ‘The Dentist – My Father’ was one of only 20 pieces selected from 16,000 entries from across the world to be a part of the Saatchi School Prize Exhibition.
James, who completed his International Baccalaureate last year and is now reading Architecture at the University of Brighton, said: “I wanted to inject further innovation in my work through portraits of three generations of my family - my grandfather, my father and myself - but also to form each piece using a different media and style that would reflect the different characters.
“This challenged me to introduce completely new processes from the paintbrush and graphite and, for the portrait of my father, to construct a ready made, inspired by Mika Rottenberg.
“The piece includes dental X-rays, records, and a light box.”
Simon Poppy, director of art and design at Oakham School said: “It is significant that James studied for his IB here at Oakham School, as the Visual Art course encourages students to break their personal boundaries – the same challenging approach that the Saatchi Gallery champions in young artists.”
The competition, organised by the Saatchi Gallery and Deutsche Bank, is open to primary, secondary and sixth form schools from around the world.