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about


David Kelly has been working as an artist and teacher in Australia and South-East Asia since the early 1980s. His work features in private collections throughout Asia, Europe, Australia, USA and South America, as well as corporate, consular and national collections. He is represented by ReDot Fine Art Gallery, Singapore, where he is also Education Coordinator, providing Australian art educational outreach programs to school and interest groups. Since July 2016 his studio has been based primarily in Singapore and part-time in Adelaide, South Australia.  He is a graduate of the University of South Australia,  School of Art, Architecture and Design – Bachelor of Education (Secondary Art) and Master of Visual Art – where he has also been a painting and drawing studio tutor.

 

“… the diverse environments in which I have lived and traveled provide the inspiration for my work, drawing on distilled memories to capture something of their essence. An emotion related to a place and time rather than a recreation of physical reality. The results of natures own creative and degenerative processes. The tactile and visual qualities of weathered surfaces and the stories they tell.  A personal response to events of that place. Dilapidated shearing sheds behind my old South Australian farm house, walls of Cambodia’s Angkor and Tuol Sleng prison museum, overgrown ruins of Argentina’s Missiones and seasonal change of the ubiquitous eucalypts surrounding my home studio. The process of all that we are and do, returning to the earth, also seen in the rocky outcrops of Arkaroola and the Kimberley, bleached coastlines of Yorke Peninsula and twisting sungai of Borneo. All these life experiences are drawn together by the common thread of aged textures, deeply weathered surfaces and rich colours of the earth. The outcomes are themselves products of elemental processes, each with their own story, each a unique entity…”

exhibitions


Solo Exhibitions

 

2015
‘An unconfirmed number’ – University of South Australia, Liverpool Street Gallery

2013
‘Layers of Time’ – ReDot Fine Art Gallery, Singapore

2011
‘Essence of Eucalypt’ – The Atrium Gallery, Australian High Commission, Singapore

2010
‘Tuol Sleng – silent walls’ – eye2eye Fine Art Gallery, Adelaide SA

2008
‘Eucalyptus’ – eye2eye Fine Art Gallery, Adelaide SA
‘Landmarks’ – Santos Centre, Adelaide SA

2007
‘Recent Work’ – Greenhill Galleries, Adelaide, SA

2005
‘Earthworks’ – Australian High Commission, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam

2004
‘Sungai’ – Alliance Francaise de Brunei Darussalam, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam

2003
‘Horizons’ – Australian High Commission, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam

 

Joint Exhibitions

 

2016
‘An unconfirmed number’ – with Greg Johns – ReDot Fine Art Gallery, Singapore

2013

‘Confronted’ – with Rita Hall – Light Square Gallery, Adelaide College of the Arts SA

2012
‘Warrangarim’  [Gija: meeting] – with Gordon Barney – CCAE, Darwin, NT

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

 

2013
‘Celebrating Australian Creativity in Singapore’  –  The Atrium Gallery, Australian High Commission, Singapore

2012
‘Heysen Prize for Interpretation of Place’ – Hahndorf Academy  SA

2011
‘Intangibles in Terra Australis’ – Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide SA

2010
The Blake Society – Director’s Exhibition
’The Waterhouse – selected works’ – National Archives of Australia, Canberra ACT
’The Waterhouse’ – South Australian Museum,  Adelaide SA
‘Intangibles in Terra Australis’  – Sala kubo-kutxa San Sebastian, Spain [ ArtsSA ]
‘The Heysen Trail Exhibition’ – McLarenvale, Parachilna, North Adelaide SA

2009
‘Paddington Art Prize’ – Sydney NSW
‘City of Albany Art Prize’ – Albany  WA

2008
‘Heysen Prize for Interpretation of Place’ – Hahndorf Academy  SA – winner
‘Redland Art Award’ – Brisbane QLD
‘City of Albany Art Prize’ – Albany WA
‘Macquarie Fine Art Exhibition’  – invited artists – Adelaide SA

2007
’The Waterhouse’ South Australian Museum, Adelaide SA

2005
‘Boat’ – EmpireArt Gallery, Empire Hotel and Country Club, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam

2004
‘Artiade 2004 – Visual Arts Olympics’ – Tsalapatas Exhibition Space Volos – Athens, Greece
‘Art Forum – Brunei’ – National Gallery, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam
‘Citibank Exhibition’ – Li Gong Exhibition Space, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam
‘Local Colour’ – Empire Hotel and Country Club, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam

2003
Rainforest Gallery – inaugural exhibition – Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam

1988
‘Culture works’ – senior student workshop participants and tutors Universidad de Cordoba – Cordoba, Argentina
Workshop exhibition – Mendoza, Argentina

 

Residencies

 

Warmun Art Centre – Turkey Creek, WA   (ArtsSA grant recipient)  2012

 

Collections

 

National Gallery, Brunei Darussalam
Australian High Commission, Brunei Darussalam
BHP Billiton, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Santos, Adelaide
Pinsent Masons MPillay LLP, Singapore
Private collections in Australia, South East Asia, Europe, USA and South America

 

contact


Please use the contact form below to get in touch or send an email to email@davidkelly.studio