AN ARTIST will showcase a piece of his work alongside some of the art worlds biggest names.

Kev Munday, of Skippetts Gardens, Grove submitted a piece of his work to be featured at this year’s Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.

The prestigious exhibition has been running since 1769 and has featured a whole host of household names over the years.

Having submitted work to be featured for a number of years, this year the 32-year-old found that his work, featuring brightly coloured ducks titled ‘Family’.

He told the Gazette: “The exhibition works on an open submissions policy, but the curators still have the final say.

“I have submitted pieces for the last few years, but this is the first time that I have had a piece accepted.”

He added: “Being an animal lover I have been painting a lot of animals recently.

“I hadn’t realised until I was invited along to a preview of the exhibition that the theme of the room where my work is, is to do with wildlife.

“So, it is very fitting.”

Kev creates colourful utopian worlds and invites the viewer to spend some time living in them. Inspired by people-watching and the everyday, Kev exaggerates and celebrates the ordinary and aims for his art to appeal to all ages.

The Summer Exhibition is the world’s largest open submission art show and brings together art in all mediums by leading artists, Royal Academicians and household names as well as new and emerging talent.

Around 1,200 works will be on display, most of them for the first time.

This year, along with Kev’s work, the exhibition will include work from Tracey Emin, Polly Morgan and Anselm Keifer.

With the former Queen Mary’s College student discovering his painting will in the same room as a Banksy image.

Kev added: "It is a fantastic opportunity to be in the same room as a name such as Banksy.

"There is the hope that because of this is it will bring more eyes to my artwork, and then eventually leader to more exhibitions and more opportunities."

The 32-year-old has been been working as a full time artist for the past nine years and regularly exhibits his work both locally and internationally.

He was recently commissioned for some work for Anvil Arts, where he was asked to paint a unique artwork as a part of The Anvil's 25th anniversary celebration, which is now on permanent display in the theatre foyer.

Kev has his studio space at the Proteus Creation Space in Council Road and regularly welcomes people in to see his work.

The Summer Exhibition runs at The Royal Academy Of Arts, in London from June 10 until August 12.