Robert Kelly

Robert Kelly is a graduate of Dun Laoghaire School of Art and Design and The National College of Art and Design in Dublin and post graduate studies in Trinity College.

He has undertaken two residencies in Cill Rialaig, Ballinskelligs and was one of five international artists invited to partake in a week-long Printmaking Symposium in Denmark in 2019.

A visual artist with a background in art education he currently works in the medium of painting, printmaking, photography and Installation.

His practice is studio based and process led where themes of interdependence and interconnectivity emerge where the ongoing development of the image is a product of intuitive feeling, negotiation of visual elements and material processes.

An aspect of this exploratory approach is a focus on making images unique to the process of their making.

Spectator focus is directed to the perception of the object and on the liminal space that exists between what is real and what is illusion. 

Kelly is a member of the Black Church Print Studio in Dublin, Creative Spark print Studio in Dundalk, Louth Craftmark and a professional member of Visual Artists Ireland. 

He has exhibited in numerous solo exhibitions. He has wide experience exhibiting in curated exhibitions and his artistic career also includes International exhibitions in Spain, France, England, Germany, Denmark and Bulgaria.

Most recent exhibitions were Mini Print International 2020 Berlin; Mini Print International 2020 Cadeques in Spain; Vestige Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda; Discover Print 2020 Greenacres Gallery, Wexford; Black Church Editions, Library Project, Dublin 2020. 

His work is held in public, private and corporate collections in Ireland and Internationally.  

ENSÓ I | Carborundum Printmaking | Edition of 10 | 10 x 10cm | 2021

ENSÓ II | Carborundum Printmaking | Edition of 10 | 10 x 10cm | 2021

ENSÓ III | Carborundum Printmaking | Edition of 10 | 10 x 10cm | 2021

IN BETWEEN SPACES | Acrylic on paper | 12.5 x 12.5cm | 2018

OUT OF THE BLUE | Acrylic on paper | 12.5 x 12.5cm | 2018

WOVEN MEMORIES OF CILL RAILAIG | Acrylic on paper | 26 x 26cm | 2018

Artist Statement

“To me all art is ultimately about perception.  I’m fascinated by the interconnectedness of things and through my work seek to explore space both visible and invisible. I like to think my work alludes to a type of visual poetry that emerges from a space where experience, memory and imagination collide through the interaction of materials and printmaking processes.”

HOMAGE TO THE TRIANGLE | Spitbite and aquatint etching | 20 x 20cm

DISSOLVING HERRINGBONE | Photo Lithograph | 51 x 37.5cm

LIMINAL SEASON | Carborundum Print | 24 x 24cm