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Alex Kelly

Joined Artfinder: July 2017

Artworks for sale: 37

(1)

United Kingdom

About Alex Kelly

 
 
  • Biography
    Artist statement

    My work in oil is mainly in the alla prima manner and usually directly from life study. Alla prima, direct painting, usually wet-in-wet, is exciting and often surprising because one is often responding spontaneously but with great concentration on the subject. 

    I am inspired by all kinds of subjects and I feel that creating work starts with developing a sensitivity to the beauty present. By ‘beauty’ I mean whatever moves, inspires, intrigues or is simply interesting that I want to study more deeply. Most often it is the quality of light which inspires.

    “To me, technique should be unlimited... [with] constant growth in ability and understanding. It must never be mere virtuosity but an endless accumulation of qualities and wisdom... First comes the initial idea for a work - what the artist desires to portray, to bring into concrete manifestation. In order to fulfill this task, he must begin to build, to organise."
    Nicolai Fechin

    Biography

    I currently live and work in Birmingham, UK.

    I was born In Ireland and came to England at an early age. In my college years I had a strong affinity for both science and art and initially followed a university degree in science but later decided to pursue an artistic career and consequently gained a BA (Hons) in Fine Art specialising in sculpture. I went on to set up a studio making ceramic sculpture, as well as teaching art at schools and community colleges. I later gained a HNC in graphic design and worked for many years as a graphic designer. Currently I am developing a new body of work, primarily oil paintings in the alla prima manner.  

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  • Education

    1990 - 1993

    Machester Metropolitan University

    1989 - 1990

    Norwich School of Art

  • Awards

    2017

    Art Muse - Emerging Artist Finalist

    My work has also been selected by the international Fine Art competition, Art Muse as an Emerging Artist Finalist.
  • Upcoming Events

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    Previous events

    Event: Annual Exhibition 2017

    Dates: Nov. 29, 2017 - Dec. 10, 2017

    Venue: Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Mall Galleries, London

    Founded in 1882, the ROI seeks work in oils and is the only national art society devoted exclusively to oil painting.

    Event: Portrait Prize

    Dates: July 27, 2017 - Aug. 19, 2017

    Venue: RBSA, Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, RBSA Gallery, 4 Brook Street, St Paul's, Birmingham B3 1SA

    I had one painting in this show.

    The selection panel included Vice President of Royal Institute of Oil Painters and figurative artist, Tim Benson, BP Portrait Award Winner and Member of Royal Society of Portrait Painters, James Lloyd and RBSA portrait artist, John Davenport RBSA.

    Established in 1821, the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists is one of the oldest art societies in the UK.

    Event: Buxton Spa Prize 2017

    Dates: July 1, 2017 - July 31, 2017

    Venue: Greenman Gallery, Buxton

    The Buxton Spa Prize is an open art competition celebrating the town’s culture, natural beauty and heritage.

    Event: Prize Exhibtion

    Dates: May 18, 2017 - June 10, 2017

    Venue: RBSA, Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, RBSA Gallery, 4 Brook Street, St Paul's, Birmingham B3 1SA

    I had one painting in this show. Selection was made by independent judges including Professor Ken Howard OBE, RA, Hon. RBSA. Established in 1821, the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists is one of the oldest art societies in the UK.

    Event: Open All Media (RBSA)

    Dates: March 16, 2017 - April 8, 2017

    Venue: RBSA, Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, RBSA Gallery, 4 Brook Street, St Paul's, Birmingham B3 1SA

    I had two paintings in this show. Selection is made by the RBSA Selection Committee. Established in 1821, the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists is one of the oldest art societies in the UK.

Links


Education

1990 - 1993

Machester Metropolitan University

1989 - 1990

Norwich School of Art


Awards

2017

Art Muse - Emerging Artist Finalist

My work has also been selected by the international Fine Art competition, Art Muse as an Emerging Artist Finalist.

There are no upcoming events

Show previous events Hide previous events

Previous events

Event: Annual Exhibition 2017

Dates: Nov. 29, 2017 - Dec. 10, 2017

Venue: Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Mall Galleries, London

Founded in 1882, the ROI seeks work in oils and is the only national art society devoted exclusively to oil painting.

Event: Portrait Prize

Dates: July 27, 2017 - Aug. 19, 2017

Venue: RBSA, Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, RBSA Gallery, 4 Brook Street, St Paul's, Birmingham B3 1SA

I had one painting in this show.

The selection panel included Vice President of Royal Institute of Oil Painters and figurative artist, Tim Benson, BP Portrait Award Winner and Member of Royal Society of Portrait Painters, James Lloyd and RBSA portrait artist, John Davenport RBSA.

Established in 1821, the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists is one of the oldest art societies in the UK.

Event: Buxton Spa Prize 2017

Dates: July 1, 2017 - July 31, 2017

Venue: Greenman Gallery, Buxton

The Buxton Spa Prize is an open art competition celebrating the town’s culture, natural beauty and heritage.

Event: Prize Exhibtion

Dates: May 18, 2017 - June 10, 2017

Venue: RBSA, Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, RBSA Gallery, 4 Brook Street, St Paul's, Birmingham B3 1SA

I had one painting in this show. Selection was made by independent judges including Professor Ken Howard OBE, RA, Hon. RBSA. Established in 1821, the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists is one of the oldest art societies in the UK.

Event: Open All Media (RBSA)

Dates: March 16, 2017 - April 8, 2017

Venue: RBSA, Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, RBSA Gallery, 4 Brook Street, St Paul's, Birmingham B3 1SA

I had two paintings in this show. Selection is made by the RBSA Selection Committee. Established in 1821, the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists is one of the oldest art societies in the UK.


 

Biography

Artist statement

My work in oil is mainly in the alla prima manner and usually directly from life study. Alla prima, direct painting, usually wet-in-wet, is exciting and often surprising because one is often responding spontaneously but with great concentration on the subject. 

I am inspired by all kinds of subjects and I feel that creating work starts with developing a sensitivity to the beauty present. By ‘beauty’ I mean whatever moves, inspires, intrigues or is simply interesting that I want to study more deeply. Most often it is the quality of light which inspires.

“To me, technique should be unlimited... [with] constant growth in ability and understanding. It must never be mere virtuosity but an endless accumulation of qualities and wisdom... First comes the initial idea for a work - what the artist desires to portray, to bring into concrete manifestation. In order to fulfill this task, he must begin to build, to organise."
Nicolai Fechin

Biography

I currently live and work in Birmingham, UK.

I was born In Ireland and came to England at an early age. In my college years I had a strong affinity for both science and art and initially followed a university degree in science but later decided to pursue an artistic career and consequently gained a BA (Hons) in Fine Art specialising in sculpture. I went on to set up a studio making ceramic sculpture, as well as teaching art at schools and community colleges. I later gained a HNC in graphic design and worked for many years as a graphic designer. Currently I am developing a new body of work, primarily oil paintings in the alla prima manner.  

 
 
 
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