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Artist Spotlight | Moniker Foundation


Foundation Artist Spotlight: KYLE BARNES 

Northern Irish born Painter, Kyle Barnes is currently based in Southampton, England. Barnes has won the Towry prize at the National Open Art Competition and exhibited at the prestigious Pallant House Gallery in Chichester. He further won the ‘Young Artist Award’ and the ‘People’s Choice’ Award at the Royal Ulster Academy, Belfast 2014. In 2015 he was awarded the Tyrone Guthrie Residency & in 2017 he was awarded the Whyte's Award at the Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin. His Work is included in many private and public collections. 


Human emotion is one of the most powerful communicative devices we have, a paradigm that compels us to interact and be drawn in. It brings out compassion, empathy and unity as we relate our shared experiences. 


Kyle Barnes work captures human emotion caught in a fleeting moment in time. The pouring paint quickly and eventually swamps the whole subject, or pulls back to reveal their natural state again. The work is a snapshot of the inevitable, a state of uncertainty wherein we question whether the subjects are being engulfed or freed from the situation in which they find themselves.

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