About

Brendan Kelly lives in the hills of Mullumbimby, Northern NSW where he has a huge art studio and doesn't like visitors. A Sydney Morning Herald journalist referred to him as 'A hermit oil painter', which isn't quite correct because he uses acrylics. If you come to see his work you won't be able to because there's a big metal chain and lock on the front gate to keep you out, and he won't know you're there anyway because he'll be out the back working in his studio while listening to music.

Education

Left school in the mid 80's and worked in the graphic arts trade, then got into cartooning and humorous illustration for print media as well as illustrating children's books (The Perfect Poo, The Ugly Dickling & The Runt Who Said C#nt).Started doing 'fine art' after being hypnotized by an NLP therapist (this is a true story) and has been drawing and painting non stop ever since.

Exhibitions

Generally he likes to paint things, lean them against the wall of his studio and forget about them until he needs something to paint on, so he paints over the thing he originally painted, even though it may have been really good. He was a nationally published cartoonist in a major magazine but thinks that's all stupid now. ‘Exhibits from his home studio where he hosts 'Forest Art' shows, forcing people young and old to walk through the forest up a steep slope of 100 steps (98 actually) where they are totally exhausted when they arrive at the top which makes them ready for a cocktail or five.

Press

Brendan has extremely positive quotes about his art from Australian artists Reg Mombassa, Tony Edwards (Captain Goodvibes) and others, but refuses to put them here.

Influences

Brendan's actual list of influences which took him 3 weeks to write....-A guy in India I saw who made a castle out of stuff from the tip that he put into a basket on his bike and carried home.-People who keep changing their artistic direction and don't get bogged down.-My friend who died of cancer.-People who don't do what everyone else tells them to do (not because they're being hard to get along with, but because it's their natural way to be).-Gensan Kosaka-Alfred Wallace

240cm (W) x 120cm (H)
Acrylic Paint
$2,000
90cm (W) x 150cm (H)
Acrylic Paint
$1,190
120cm (W) x 120cm (H)
Acrylic Paint
$1,200
120cm (W) x 120cm (H)
Acrylic Paint
$1,030
122cm (W) x 122cm (H)
Acrylic Paint
$1,100
120cm (W) x 120cm (H)
Acrylic Paint
$1,150
90cm (W) x 150cm (H)
Acrylic Paint
$1,200
150cm (W) x 90cm (H)
Acrylic Paint
$1,200
150cm (W) x 90cm (H)
Acrylic Paint
$1,200
122cm (W) x 122cm (H)
Acrylic Paint
$1,250
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