Visitors to Academy’s 133rd Annual Exhibition have been invited to vote for their favourite piece in the show. The votes are now in and we are delighted to announce that Kyle Barnes painting ‘Stephen’ is this year’s People’s Choice.
From Cookstown, Northern Ireland, Kyle graduated from the Belfast School of Art in 2010 with a BA Hons degree in Fine and Applied Arts. Since then he has won the Towry prize at the National Open Art Competition, exhibited at the prestigious Pallant House Gallery in Chicester and most recently he has been awarded the KPMG Young Artist Award at the Academy’s Annual Exhibition.

Kyle is inspired by people’s perception of, and their interaction with each other through visual identity. The combination of expression, eye contact, concealment, colour and texture makes for a varied involvement with each of his works.
Congratulations Kyle!

oil canvas Kyle barnes

Kyle Barnes, Stephen, Oil on canvas, 127 × 97 cm