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Eugenie Scrase wins School Of Saatchi

15th December 2009

Charles Saatchi has chosen an unknown artist to be given the chance to show her work at his exhibition in St Petersburg.

The art collector, who owns the Saatchi Gallery, chose Eugenie Scrase to exhibit at the Newspeak: British Art Now event at The Hermitage Museum.

Scrase was among the six finalists of BBC Two's School Of Saatchi programme who threw a one-night-only show at Saatchi's west London gallery.

Artist Tracey Emin, art collector Frank Cohen, Barbican curator Kate Bush and critic and broadcaster Matthew Collings, the competition's panel, recommended the 20-year-old's Trunkated Trunk piece as the show's strongest entry.

Scrase exhibited a section of fence which had a piece of tree trunk impaled on it. She had been working on another piece, but discarded it when she found the fence in east London.

Commenting on the winning entry, Emin applauded the 'genius idea and the confidence to do that'. 'Some artists could see that but they'd never have the confidence to go ahead and do it,' she added.

Last month, the Saatchi Gallery / Sunday Telegraph Art Prize for Schools 2009 was awarded to 18-year-old Lauren Mincher for her 'beautifully observed' portrait of her grandfather.

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