A exhibition of new works by multi award-winning artist Nicole Kelly will be showcased at the Hazelhurst Regional Gallery opening 6 September.
Kelly's new exhibition A daydream is grounded in the landscape and the private interior, working to untangle fragments of her subject to communicate an internal vision - an interior silence. The paintings move between thought, vision and hand and aim to evoke an intimate dialogue between the artist and place.
Nicole Kelly is attracting attention for her evocative, painterly works. Edmund Capon, former director of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, has described her work as 'bold and confident. It's got spirit, that intellectual dynamic that comes out of the soul of an artist.'
Kelly's artistic practice examines observation, memory and relationship to place. She develops her paintings in the studio from pen line drawings, filtering through memory, impressions, colours and moods of her environment.
'I'm curious about time - the way it changes the appearance of a place, and the inner shift in perception that occurs. Painting is a way of holding still pieces of a shifting world, where all you have is a memory of it. Through my paintings, my desire is to walk a line between a literal reality and a poetic interpretation, ' said Nicole Kelly.
Kelly won the prestigious Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship in 2009, and has also been awarded the Glebe Youth Art Award 2013, Hazelhurst Gallery Local Artist Award 2011, Gruner Prize 2008 and Robert Le Gay Brereton Drawing Prize 2007. She has been a finalist in awards including the Wynne Prize, the Black Swan Prize and the Portia Geach Memorial Award. Kelly's work has been curated into exhibitions at Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and the Moran Gallery. She recently undertook an AADK residency in Spain.
Press release courtesy This Is No Fantasy dianne tanzer + nicola stein.