A Muswell Hill artist is part of an annual exhibition at the Llewellyn Alexander Gallery on the Southbank.

Emma Loizides will have her painting, London Skyline, hung as part of the gallery’s Not The Royal Academy show this summer.

Inspired by the “Salon des Refuses” held in Paris in the 19th Century, the gallery selects paintings rejected by the Royal Academy and displays them in its own annual show.

Ms Loizides began taking painting seriously after being made redundant from an administrative job at a bank in December.

She took her painting over to the Llewellyn Alexander Gallery after having it rejected from the Royal Academy.

She said: “The Llewellyn Alexander Gallery gives painters advice and feedback on their work, so a lot of people go there straight after being rejected by the Royal Academy.

“You have to have been turned away by the RA, though, and you have to take your rejection slip with you.

“It’s an old tradition. You turn up a bit sheepishly with your painting and wait to see what they say.

“The Alexander is still very selective about what paintings they take, and I didn’t expect to have mine selected at all.”

Ms Loizides has already shown two solo exhibitions, one at Lauderdale House, and one at the Kou Kan Gallery.

She now works part-time in a shop to allow more time for painting. Not the Royal Academy runs at the Llewellyn Alexander Gallery in Waterloo from June 10 to August 16.