The Signature Art Prize was established by gallery Directors Isobel Beauchamp and Elinor Olisa in 2007 to celebrate and identify emerging artists’ ‘Signature Style’. They define an artist’s ‘signature style’ as being “that which makes an artist unique; a combination of process and method, contributed to by the artist’s own personality which results in a piece that is unique and specific to them.” With their intuitive knowledge of the contemporary art market, they endeavour to fully capture and develop each individual artist's 'brand'.
Born and raised in China, Jinya Zhao discovered a passion for glass whilst studying for a BA at the China Academy of Art (2013-17). In 2017 she began her MA studies at the Royal College of Art. She sees glass as an ideal medium to explore the themes of environment, emotions and personal experiences.
Jinya's work spans sculpture, installation and design. In her current collection she has created two bodies of new work, using different glass qualities and metals in order to explore the subtle relationships and tensions between colour, form and structure.