Daniel’s art lives on at posthumous Christie’s exhibition

A dream realised: Daniel Barnett at his first exhibition at Christie's auction house which was organised by charity Rays of Sunshine.
A dream realised: Daniel Barnett at his first exhibition at Christie's auction house which was organised by charity Rays of Sunshine.

A TALENTED artist who lost his battle against cancer at the age of only 19 will be celebrated at a prestigious exhibition in London.

Daniel Barnett realised his dream of seeing his art exhibited at Christie’s auction house in South Kensington last March, thanks to the work of the Rays of Sunshine charity which aims to grant wishes to seriously ill young people.

He had gained a place at Goldsmiths University to carry on his studies, but died before he could start his degree.

Now, more than a year after his death last May, Christie’s will once again host an exhibition of Daniel’s work.

It will run from August 6 to 12 and is open for viewings at specified times.

The proceeds from sales will then go to the Rays of Sunshine charity.

Daniel, from Rotherham, was first diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called Ewing’s sarcoma when he was 14.

The tumour was inoperable and he endured months of chemotherapy and radiotherapy at Sheffield Children’s Hospital. He was then also diagnosed with a rare form of kidney failure which needed dialysis three times a week.

He was later treated at the Teenage Cancer Trust Unit at Weston Park Hospital and had dialysis at the Northern General Hospital.

He studied A-levels at the Thomas Rotherham College.

Daniel’s legacy continues with the Daniel Barnett Art Cancer Foundation, which sells his work online to raise money for cancer charities.

Visit www.danielbarnett.org.uk to view some of his work.