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Oil on canvas
Oil on canvas

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About Kyle

From Cookstown, Northern Ireland, Kyle Barnes graduated from The University of Ulster, Belfast, 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 been awarded the KPMG Young Artist Award at the RUA Belfast.

He is interested in the process of painting, manipulating the material and working to its distinct qualities, while paying heed to differing textures in skin and how this is conveyed through tonal value and the temperature of colour.

He is inspired by our perception of, and our 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.

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"not sure what kind of froth is on her hair and mouth. it does not seem she is in the shower and her face turned to the side seems she is ashamed of what she has done somehow.. or regrets it..."

"Amazing bubbles!"

"Nice work!"

"amazing! love the detail and how it looks like a photo and a painting all at the same time!"

"Very good photorealistic paintings."


"Photorealism is a tough animal. On one hand, there is this immediate reaction of "wow" to your skill level. However, its so easy to have the pieces just become bland. "Oh... that looks like that, I get it" and there isn't anywhere else for it to go. However, in the case of the soap suds images, the images seem to be less about precise repetition of form, but instead a compelling study of it. There is something inherently unnerving about the bubble texture against human flesh as well. The areas around the subject's mouth make her feel more like a corpse in decay than mere suds. In short, what makes photorealism not boring? The same as everything else: compelling subject matter."

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