New arts fellow will
The 2013 Australian Antarctic Arts Fellow has been named as painter and sculptor, John Kelly.
paint the Antarctic
The Government awards the fellowship each year to enable those with a non-science focus to experience Antarctica first-hand so that they can communicate their experience and understanding to other Australians.
Mr Kelly, who was chosen from a highly competitive field, will travel to Antarctica this month for three months.
He said he would use his fellowship to create a series of paintings depicting the Antarctic environment.
“My project will be a direct painterly response to the unique, wild and beautiful Antarctic landscape,” Mr Kelly said.
“The work will all be done ‘en plein air’ with a field easel and oil paint on linen, using what I call a ‘look and put’ method, where I attempt to bring back a record of my visual response to the landscapes without embellishment.”
He currently lives in Ireland, but has spent most of his life in Australia after his family emigrated from England the year he was born.
Mr Kelly has exhibited around the world, in many festivals and galleries and his work is held in art institutions throughout Australia and in France.
He is best known for his paintings and large sculptures of William Dobell’s cows —papier-mâché animals used during World War II to confuse enemy aircraft as to the location of Australian airbases.
Mr Kelly plans to exhibit the work from his fellowship at galleries in Australia, England and Ireland as well as sharing his Antarctic experience through articles he will write for newspapers, and at events where he will speak about his trip.
John Kelly painting in the field Photo: Oscar Kelly
Edition 383, 15 October 2013