Garden of Eden
, oil on polyester, 120 x 180 cm


Arthouse Gallery is delighted to announce that we are now representing young Australian artist Nicole Kelly.

Winner of the prestigious Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship (2009) and the Hurford Hardwood Portrait Prize (2018) Nicole Kelly is well recognised for her landscape, portraiture and still life painting. Kelly has undertaken residencies in France (2018, 2017, 2010) and Spain (2016) and has completed major public commissions for the Sutherland and St George Hospitals in Sydney. In 2018, she was the recipient of an Australian Postgraduate Award to undertake research in Contemporary Painting and Poetic Literature.

Kelly creates paintings that linger between the essence of a subject and the experience of being. Her works are autobiographical expressions of recent experiences in Bundanon (NSW), Tasmania and Provence (France), functioning as tangible footprints along well-trodden roads winding through the artist’s memory. Clouded by the romanticism of remembering, these paintings are imbued with experience captured in vibrant strokes of colour and with swift brushwork.

Kelly’s works, informed by an interest in literature and the discipline of painting, cast moments of shared stillness in an atmosphere of light. She says of her works “my desire is to push painting beyond a surface likeness of any subject and into the realm of poetics”.

Lauren's song
, oil on polyester, 107 x 112 cm, Black Swan Portrait Prize Finalist 2018

Two potted plants
, oil on polyester, 45 x 45 cm

The bath
, oil on polyester, 83 x 113 cm, The Portia Geach Memorial Award Finalist 2018

Nicole Kelly’s work is held in the collections of the Moran Art Foundation and the Lismore Regional Gallery, among others. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) from the National Art School in Sydney and is currently completing her Masters of Fine Art at the University of New South Wales. Her work has been selected for inclusion in the Black Swan Prize for Portraiture at the Art Gallery of Western Australia (2018, 2017, 2015), the Portia Geach Memorial Award at S. H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney (2015, 2014) and the Wynne Prize at the Art Gallery of New South Wales (2015). ​

Nicole Kelly photographed by Maddi Moyle

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