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Artist of the Month November 2017 – Kyle Barnes

Wednesday 1st November 2017 at 11am

Fixation by Kyle Barnes Image: Fixation by Kyle Barnes

Kyle Barnes is an award winning artist from Cookstown. Graduating from the University of Ulster in 2010 with a BA Hons degree in Fine and Applied Arts, Kyle is known for his realistic portrait painting.

In his work he presents the human face as a landscape that reflects a lifetime journey of emotions and experiences that has made the person who they are, and brought them to the present day.

Currently working in Southampton, Kyle has won the Towry prize at the National Open Art Competition and exhibited at the prestigious Pallant House Gallery in Chichester. He has also won the ‘Young Artist Award’ and the ‘People’s Choice Award’ at the Royal Ulster Academy in Belfast, and the ‘Whyte’s Award’ at the Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin.

Fixation is currently part of the collection of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

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