Kevin Killen current practice is the creation of self made neon light sculptures and installations, often site-specific. The works capture moments in time, representing life and peoples’ physical journeys as snapshots of lives. Born in 1977 in Belfast, he obtained a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from the Surrey Institute of Art and Design University College (now the UCA) in 1999 and specialist training in neon making in Dallas, Texas in 2009.

A large-scale neon installation was created for the National Trust’s Argory, Armagh, in May 2018 and other recent exhibitions include: MTV RE:DEFINE 2018, Sculpture in the City, London, 2017; Dissolving Histories: A Moment in Time, Golden Thread Gallery, 2017; Tipping Point, QSS Bedford Street, Belfast, 2016; A1 , F.E. McWilliam Gallery, Banbridge, 2015. Kevin Killen’s work is in numerous public and private collections including: the Arts Council of Northern Ireland; Belfast City Council; Queens University & Belfast City Hospital. He has also created private commissions, including Epoch in Dallas, Texas in 2018. Selected publications include: New Glass Review 39, The Corning Museum of Glass, USA, 2018; Sculpture Magazine USA, http://www.sculptureonline.org/sculpture September Issue, 2017; Frieze.com, https://frieze.com/article/buffer-zone 2017.

 

Exhibitions/Awards/Commissions/Publications

Date

Selected Exhibitions

Location

2018 Artificial Sunlight National Trust Argory Solo Exhibition
2015 A1 to F.E. McWilliam Gallery F.E. McWilliam Gallery Entrance Solo Exhibition
2015 Certain Moments The University Art Gallery, Belfast Solo Exhibition
2003 On the Margins Belfast Waterfront Hall, Belfast Solo Exhibition
2002 The Outsider The Market Place Gallery, Armagh Solo Exhibition
2018 MTV RE:DEFINE Dallas Texas Group Exhibition
2017 Dissolving Histories: A Moment Golden Thread Gallery Group Exhibition
2017 Sculpture in the City London 2017 City of London Square Mile Group Exhibition
2017 Breath Breathless R Space Lisburn Group Exhibition
2016 Tipping Point QSS Bedford St Belfast Group Exhibition
2016 Young II SO Fine Art Editions Dublin Group Exhibition
2015 Endless Wanderer Golden Thread Galley Project Space Belfast Group Exhibition
2015 The WAC Awards Wells 15 Wells Somerset Group Exhibition
2014 Foundation14 -Battery+ Co Offaly Group Exhibition
2010 A Walk Through a Sculptors Garden F.E. McWilliam Gallery N.Ireland Group Exhibition
2005 Colour Omma Contemporary Art, Crete, Greece Group Exhibition
2004 Playtime Belfast Waterfront Hall N.Ireland Group Exhibition
2003 RDS Awards West Cork Arts Centrem Ireland Group Exhibition
2003 RDS Awards Irish Linen Museum, Lisburn N.Ireland Group Exhibition

Date

Awards

Location

2018 New Glass Review 39 The Corning Museum of Glass USA
2017 Celeste Prize 2017 Finalist London 9th Edition
2015 Membership of the RBSS Royal British Society of Sculptors
2015 WAC Awards Short Listed Wells Somerset England
2015 ACEs Award Northern Ireland Arts Council
2014 American Art Awards 3rd Place Sculpture Abstract Award 2014
2014 Golden Thread Gallery Career Enchantment Programme Belfast
2009 ACNI Travel Award USA Neon Skills Development
2004 General Art Awards Scheme Northern Ireland Arts Council
2003 General Art Awards Scheme Northern Ireland Arts Council
2003 RDS Dublin Metal Work Ireland

Date

 Selected Art Commissions

Location

2018 Artificial Sunlight Argory National Trust
2018 Epoch Dallas Texas USA
2017 Student Ratoath College Meath
2017 Murmuration St. Peter’s College, Dunboyne
2017 Matrix Colaiste De Lacy
2016 A1 to FE McWilliam Gallery FE McWilliam Gallery
2016 Sphere Queens University & Belfast City Hospital
2015 Irish Yew Tree Killesher Community Association
2015 Rights respecting Dundonald School cluster
2015 Pomeroy Lady Cookstown District Council
2014 Hawthorn Boundaries Cookstown District Council
2013 Hearts Newtownabbey Borough Council
2013 Salmon & Wild Flowers Magherafelt District Council
2012 The titanic Belfast City Council
2012 Jubilee Tree Whitehead
2012 Herbal Panel Hospital LED
2011 Talking Tree Newtownabbey Borough Council
2010 The Face Belfast Peace Wall Sculpture

Date

Selected Publications

 2018 New Glass Review 39 – The Corning Museum of Glass USA
 2018 UTV Life TV – May
 2017 Sculpture Magazine USA  http://www.sculptureonline.org   September Issue
 2017 Frieze.com – Buffer Zone
 2017 Spotlight on Kevin Killen Sectorlight.com
 2017 Intersecting Interests – Still It’s Time Based
 2017 Culturewhisper.com
 2017 Wixstatic.com
 2017 www.cityoflondon.gov.uk VIEW
 2016 Art Reveal Magazine VIEW SBN number:9781366565723
 2016 Art By Nature VIEW (pages 54 to 59)
 2016 NY Arts Magazine VIEW
 2016 Re: Sculpt In the Studio with Kevin Killen Jan 2016 by Dorothy Hunter VIEW
 2015 Visual Artist Ireland New Sheet “How’s it Made‘ Issue 3 May – June 2015
 2015 Northern Vision TV Belfast   Collapse the Box: A conversation with Kevin Killen