John Kelly will have his first US solo show this month, at 51 East 10th Street, New York. The show runs from 16 September to 15 October.
John Kelly has a new show in Castletownsend, Co. Cork: From Castlehaven to Antarctica – Recent Paintings and Prints, to be opened by Eoin McGonigal SC, Chairman of IMMA (Irish Museum of Modern Art), Friday night, 24 July, 6pm, in Mary Ann’s Bar and Restaurant, Main Street, Castletownsend.
“The subtle nuances of light and colour Kelly has managed to infuse these images of icebergs with are quite marvellous.”
“It is displayed, bent and scraped by the environment, as a piece of art that nature itself interacted with.”
Andrew Harper in The Mercury on John Kelly’s show at TMAG (article only viewable by subscription).
The first piece in Kelly’s exhibition is a landscape of Mawson Station, painted from within the protection of a nearby, specially placed sea container.
“It was secured by these massive steel pins driven into the ice, but that didn’t help when the blizzard hit.”
Knowing bad weather was on the way a scientist from the station brought Kelly back to base.
Once the 130-knot winds had passed, the sea container was found 3km away from where it had been tethered.
“A couple of days later a scientist found my battered little painting,” Kelly said.
You can read the full article here.
“If there was a school of art called en plein air extreme then painting in the Antarctic would satisfy its rules. In 2013 John Kelly, the Australian-born, Ireland based artist was awarded a fellowship as an artist in residence from the Australian Antarctic Division.”
There is new coverage of John Kelly’s Antarctic sojourn in Daily Review here.
The Guardian has just published online a series of paintings and photos documenting John Kelly’s Antarctic adventure in late 2013, to coincide with his exhibition in Hobart, Tasmania.
The full piece, Risk and adventure in the most remote place on earth: John Kelly’s Antarctic paintings – gallery, can be seen here.
John Kelly is showing for the first time his series of paintings from his residence at the Australian Antarctic Division at the end of 2013. The show, called Beyond Woop Woop: John Kelly’s Antarctic Paintings, launches on Friday 12 June 2015 at 4pm at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery in Hobart.
If one knits together three quotes about the three different artists an almost unified identity emerges; “…Armanious converts a leaf blower..” “…with cut-up texts shaped to mimic botanical forms like leaves….” “Leaf litter investigates the interrelationships between the natural world and the commercial world”.