Ian Cumberland was born in Banbridge, Co. Down, in 1983. He studied fine art at University of Ulster, where he was awarded the John and Rachael Turner Award for the most outstanding student in their field. He graduated in 2006 with First Class Honours. He has since exhibited both nationally and internationally. Ian's first major solo exhibition was at the Albemarle Gallery in London, 2008. He exhibited his painting ‘one in two’ at the prestigious BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery, in June 2009. Later that year (and again in 2010) he was awarded the KPMG Emerging Artist Award at the Royal Ulster Academy. Cumberland's captivating 'self-portrait' won the 2010 Davy Portrait Award, a major new arts prize which aims to celebrate contemporary portraiture. In 2011 he came 3rd overall in the prestigious BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery. His work is represented in public collections throughout Ireland and part of private collections both nationally and internationally.
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