(Australian, b. 1965)
John Kelly was born in London in 1965, however his family relocated to Australia the same year. His father from Ireland, mother from England, created three passports for Kelly and he has resided in all three countries but most recently residing in Cork. In 1985 the artist graduated with a Bachelor and Masters of Arts from RMIT University in Melbourne. In 1995 he received the Anne & Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship where he travelled to London and studied as an Affiliate Student for a year.
In the United Kingdom, he regularly exhibited at major galleries, including Piccadilly, Agnews, and Merville Galleries. In addition to painting, sculpting, and printmaking, he also is a writer. He has written for magazines and Art Monthly.
In Australia, the artist is best known for paintings and sculptures of William Dobell’s cows, the papier-mâché creations used during WWII to try and confuse enemy aircraft to the location of Australian airbases. These sculptures have been exhibited in Australia, as well as Europe. His most recent works subject that of contemporary issues, politics, and culture. David Walsh (Museum of Old and New Art) commissioned Kelly to create Moo Brew beer labels. Kelly’s work is held in galleries and museums in United States, Australia, the Guangdong Museum in China, and Tate gallery in London.
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