Kielt’s work explores ways of interpreting the subjectivity of experience, in particular trauma and memory.  The way we perceive the world is in a constant state of flux; fact and fiction collide and merge together.

Drawing is the stage where information is filtered and deemed relevant to the potential outcome.  This editing process creates voids which allow the viewer to plant their own affects and experiences.  Paint and other media are brushed, rubbed, and scraped across the surface.  What is left is an unusual relationship between this moment’s truth and its preceding and succeeding implications.

Drawings and paintings merge and overlap found and original imagery from eclectic sources which hint at motifs of the viewer’s own making.  These fictive narratives are continually shifting and to record them is to widen the scope for understanding the many facets of trauma and the human experience.


Brian Kielt is a visual artist based in Northern Ireland.  A graduate of the Belfast School of Art (2010), Kielt uses drawing and painting techniques that manipulate personal and found imagery to create alternate narratives.

In 2012 Kielt co-founded the LOFT collective and continues to collaborate with members on numerous projects.  In 2015 Kielt took part in the Esmée Fairbairn career enhancement programme with the Golden Thread Gallery in Belfast, was awarded a grant from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and was a finalist in the “NI Young Artist of the Year” award.  In 2018 he was among 13 recipients of the 'iDA Grant' from the University of Atypical in Belfast which is supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

Kielt has been included in multiple publications including 'The Visual Artists' Ireland News Sheet', ‘Occupy Paper’ and ‘Tales from the Forest, appeared in several group shows, held four solo exhibitions and has work in a number of private collections in the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland and the USA.  He is currently developing his practice from his studio in the Mid Ulster countryside.




University of Ulster, Belfast: 2:1 BA Honours Degree in Fine and Applied Art - 2007-2010

Limavady College of Further and Higher Education: BTEC Diploma Foundation Art (Distinction Grade) - 2006/07



iDA Award 2018 University of Atypical - supported by The Arts Council of Northern Ireland - 2018

Esmée Fairbairn Artist’s Career Enhancement Programme - 2015

Arts Council of Northern Ireland Support for the Individual Artist Award2015/16

Highly Commended Award and Finalist: “NI Young Artist of the Year" - 2015

First Place at inaugural Stendhal Festival Art Competition - 2011



Professional Member of Visual Artists Ireland

Member of Catalyst Arts, Belfast

Co-Founder of LOFT Collective, Belfast



Bardo: An Unknown Country: Solo Exhibition, Ards Art Centre, Newtownards - 2019

Festive Framewerk:  Group Exhibition, Framewerk Gallery, Belfast - 2018

The Here and Now - Six Painters:  Group Exhibition, Townhouse Gallery, Belfast - 2018

Program Your Retroactive Wish | Members Show:  Group Exhibition, Catalyst Arts, Belfast - 2018

The Harbour Winter Art Fair:  Group Exhibition, Galway City Gallery, Galway - 2017

Fictive Perception:  Solo Exhibition, Goose Lane Gallery, Belfast - 2017

Framewerk Winter Exhibition:  Group Exhibition, Framewerk Gallery, Belfast - 2016

Collective Memories:  Group Exhibition, Engine Room Gallery, Belfast - 2016

Enniskillen Visual Arts Open:  Group Exhibition and Art Trail, Enniskillen - 2016

ROOM 101 - Culture Night Belfast:  Group Exhibition, LOFT, Belfast - 2015

Papergirl Belfast:  Group Exhibition, PS² Gallery, Belfast - 2015

The Selfie Show: An Art Exhibition of Self-Portraits: Group Exhibition, Museum of New Art, Troy - Michigan, USA - 2015

NI Young Artist of the Year: Group Exhibition, Braid Arts Centre, Ballymena - 2015

Alternate State: Solo Exhibition, Duncairn Cultural Arts Centre, Belfast - 2015

Transformation: Group Exhibition, NI Mental Health Arts and Film Festival, Island Arts Centre, Lisburn - 2014

Transient Bodies: LOFT Exhibition: Group Exhibition, Part of Culture Night,Belfast - 2014

Space at the Orphanage: Group Exhibition, White Lady Art Gallery, Dublin - 2014

Product of Perception: Group Exhibition, Part of Belfast Book Festival, The Black Box,Belfast - 2014

Start Talking Pop-Up Art Gallery: Group Exhibition, Belfast - 2014

ART for NSPCC: Charity Group Exhibition and Auction, The MAC, Belfast - 2014

Introducing: Group Exhibition, Waterfront Hall, Belfast - 2014

FORM³: Group Exhibition, Platform Unit Gallery, Belfast - 2014

PILLARS: Solo Exhibition, Bridewell Gallery,Magherafelt - 2013

No Jury, No Prize: Group Exhibition, London Street Gallery,Derry - 2013

Birds and Bats - LOFT Open Studio Day: Part of Culture Night, LOFT, Belfast - 2013

Muse Gallery Bash: Group Exhibition, Belfast - 2013

LOFT Collective Exhibition: Part of Culture Night Belfast and Late Night Art, LOFT, Belfast - 2012

The BIGG Openhouse Event: Group Exhibition, Part of the Cathedral Arts Festival, Belfast - 2012

XMAS AT THE IVORY: Group Exhibition, Belfast - 2011

Gallery 73 Contemporary Painting Show: Group Exhibition, Part of Culture Night, Belfast - 2011

Stendhal Festival of Art Competition and Exhibition: Ballymully Cottage Farm, Limavady - 2011

University of Ulster Degree Show: Belfast - 2010



Dwell Time Issue One:  Page 13 - 2019

Into the Void Magazine: Issue Ten, Pages 7-8 and 13 - 2018

Visual Artists Ireland News Sheet Issue 6:  Page 9, November – December - 2017

Tales From The Forest:  Issue Five - 2017

Average Arts Issue 1 August - 2016

HeadSpace: Issue Three, Dublin publication - 2014

Occupy Paper Issue 8: Online publication - Pages 43-47 - 2013



Culture Northern Ireland review of “Alternate State” exhibition - 2015