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Saturday 3rd November to Sunday 2nd December, 2018
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Peter Kelly. Chappel Galleries 2018.

In this new exhibition, Peter Kelly takes the viewer on a journey around a wide range of locales from the rural Essex countryside to the picturesque cities of Paris, Venice and Istanbul. His paintings evoke a mysterious world of lonely vistas, empty passageways and atmospheric expanses of land and water. Although Kelly has shown widely in group shows in recent years, this exhibition of thirty-seven paintings- ranging from landscapes to interiors to portraits- is his first solo show since 2008.

Kelly has enjoyed a long and successful career. He inherited an interest in the arts from his grandfather, John Gerrard Keulemans, a noted Victorian bird illustrator. Early on, he trained in graphic design at the West Ham School of Art and Technology, and the respected Central School of Art and Design in London. Over the years, he has won many prizes and exhibited in countless shows, notably the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy. He is a member of the prestigious New English Art Club, whose Presidents have included James McNeill Whistler, and a senior member of the Royal Society of British Artists, an esteemed society founded in the early-nineteenth century and with former members such as Walter Sickert and Gwen John.

The works in this exhibition particularly emphasize Kelly’s fascination with the play of light. Sunsets shimmer over water; patterns of light and shade cross snowy expanses; fields are shrouded in early morning mist. Often these pictures have inventive compositions, as in the unusually high horizon line in a sea view of the Suffolk coastal village of Walberswick. Generally, Kelly favors rustic, pastoral views but, at times, as in Tenements, towers and factories, New York he embraces more industrial subjects.

The exhibition also includes examples of Kelly’s trademark interior views, for which he is perhaps best known. In one minimal composition, an illuminated doorway offsets an expanse of empty floor. In another, a solitary monk stands enigmatically in the corner of a cloister. The latter picture suggests an unspoken narrative, and this is true too in the winter scene, Walking by the Fallen Tree. For what is this man waiting? Among the most striking images in the show are three views of sculpture in the Fitzwilliam and Ashmolean Museums. Kelly here renders ancient forms in daringly abstract fashion.

Kelly’s paintings speak to a range of artistic tradition, and are informed by regular visits to museums and his extensive library of art books. His interiors reference the Dutch seventeenth-century tradition of Johannes Vermeer or the early twentieth-century views of the Danish painter, Vilhelm Hammershøi. His cityscapes- notably his canal vistas- show an admiration for the American, Whistler. His rural landscapes and seascapes suggest a continuing interest in Impressionistic light effects, and the British twentieth-century artist, Edward Seago.

Taken as a group, the pictures in this exhibition showcase the variety of Kelly’s sensitive painting. They evoke silent moments of peace and reflection, offering a meditative counterpoint to the rapid pace of the contemporary world.

Simon Kelly, PhD.
Curator and Head of Department of Modern and Contemporary Art, Saint Louis Art Museum, USA.


Peter Kelly NEAC RBA

Peter Kelly trained in graphic design at the West Ham School of Art and Technology and afterwards at the Central School of Art and Design in London. In 1982 he was elected a full member of the Royal Society of British Artists and in 1995 became a member of the Small Paintings Society. From 1957 he pursued a career as a graphic designer, illustrator and painter. In 2007 he was elected a member of the New English Art Club. Peter is the grandson of the Victorian bird artist, John Gerrard Keulemans.

 
1983
Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition
1984
Finalist, Laing Competition
1987
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
1st Prize, 'The Artist' Aquarelle Style Drawing Exhibition
Finalist, 7th Hunting Group Art Prizes National Art Competition
1989
Highly Commended Laing Competition
Finalist, 9th Hunting Group Art Prizes National Art Competition
1990
Finalist, 10th Hunting Group Art Prizes National Art Competition
1991
Amsterdam - Solo Exhibition, Hallam Fine Art Gallery
Daler-Rowney Award, Royal Society of British Artists Exhibition
Higgs & Hill Bursary, Royal Society of British Artists Exhibition
1992
Solo Exhibition, John Adams Fine Art
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
Singer & Friedlnder/Sunday Times Watercolour Exhibition
Pro Arte Brush Award, Britain's Painters Exhibition
1993
Istanbul - Solo Exhibition, John Adams Fine Art
Jeffrey Archer Prize, Royal Watercolour Society Open Exhibition
Singer & Friedlander/Sunday Times Watercolour Exhibition
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
1995
American Express Best New Painting, Discerning Eye Exhibition
1996
Solo Exhibition, John Adams Fine Art
HSBC Investment Bank Ltd Award, Discerning Eye Exhibition
Collins & Brown Award, Royal Watercolour Society Open Exhibition
1997
Solo Exhibition, John Adams Fine Art
De Laszlo Medal, Royal Society of British Artists Exhibition
Royal Watercolour Society Open Exhibition
The Dscerning Eye Exhibition
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
1998
Solo Exhibition, John Adams Fine Art
Two Man Exhibition, Thompson's Gallery, Dover Street
1999
Solo Exhibition, John Adams Fine Art
Two Man Exhibition, Waterman Fine Art
'Venice in Peril' Exhibition, W H Patterson
2000
Solo Exhibition, John Adams Fine Art
Ing Barings Charterhouse Securities Prize
Discerning Eye Exhibition, Mall Galleries
Solo Exhibition, Waterman Fine Art
'Select Six' Exhibition, W H Patterson
'Venice in Peril' Mixed Exhibition, W H Patterson
2001
Solo Exhibition, John Adams Fine Art
Chairman's Prize, Discerning Eye Exhibition
Solo Exhibition, Bruton Street Gallery, Mayfair
'Seascape and Landscape' Exhibition, Laing
'Select Seven' Exhibition, W H Patterson
'Venice in Peril' Mixed Exhibition, W H Patterson
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
2002
South-East Regional Prize, Discerning Eye Exhibition
Patchings 2002 Exhibition 'The Artist
New English Art Club Exhibition
2003
St Petersburg - Solo Exhibition, John Adams Fine Art
Fabbrica Prize at RBA Exhibition
Discerning Eye Exhibition, Mall Galleries
St Petersburg, W H Patterson
New English Art Club Exhibition
2004
Two Man Exhibition, Catto Gallery, Hampstead
Most Creative Painting Prize, RBA Exhibition
Solo Exhibition, Thompson's Galleries, Aldeburgh
New English Art Club Exhibition
2005
Autumn in Venice - Solo Exhibition, John Adams Fine Art
'Venice in Peril' Mixed Exhibition, W H Patterson
Chappel Galleries, Essex Two Person Exhibition
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
Award for Best Watercolour, Essex Open Exhibition
Langham Fine Art Mixed Exhibition, Suffolk
New English Art Club Exhibition
2006
'Venice in Peril' Mixed Exhibition, W H Patterson
Oakham Galleries, St. James's, Two-Man Exhibition
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
New English Art Club Exhibition
2007
New Grafton Gallery Mixed Exhibition
"Venice in Peril' Mixed Exhibition, W H Patterson
Royal Society of British Artists Exhibition
Kaupthing Singer & Friedlander Watercolour Exhibition
The Discerning Eye
Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize Exhibition
New English Art Club Exhibition - Elected Member of the New English Art Club
2008
'Venice in Peril' Mixed Exhibition, W H Patterson
Home and Abroad - Solo Exhibition, John Adams Fine Art
Royal Society of British Artists Exhibition
Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize Exhibition
New English Art Club Exhibition
Pelham Fine Art Mixed Exhibition
Plus One Gallery - Mixed 'Palladio' Exhibition
Small Paintings Exhibition - Chappel Galleries, Essex
2009
'Venice in Peril' Mixed Exhibition, W H Patterson
Royal Society of British Artists Exhibition
Bankside NEAC Exhibition
Royal Academy, Summer Exhibition
Great Art Prize, Patchings Art Festival, Nottingham
Prize Best Work and Best Watercolour, Essex Open Exhibition
Threadneedle Prize Exhibition, Mall Galleries
Sunday Times Watercolour Competition, Bankside Galleries
Oakham Galleries NEAC Exhibition
Small Paintings Exhibitiion, Russell Galleries
Discerning Eye Exhibition, Mall Galleries
Pelham Fine Art Two-Man Exhibition
Howard de Walden Art Prize Exhibition, Thompsons Marylebone
Chappel Galleries, Essex Christmas Exhibition
2010
'Venice in Peril' Mixed Exhibition, W H Patterson
Royal Society of British Artists Exhibition
Oakham Galleries Still Life Exhibition
Russell Gallery NEAC Exhibition
Small Paintings Exhibition, Falle Gallery, Jersey
Royal Society of Portrait Painters Exhibition
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
Threadneedle Prize Exhibition, Mall Galleries
Images of St Paul's in the 21st Century - Mixed Exhibition in St Paul's Crypt
New English Art Club Exhibition
2011
'Venice in Peril' Mixed Exhibition, W H Patterson
Small Paintings Exhibition, Piers Feetham Gallery
Royal Society of British Artists Exhibition
Sunday Times Watercolour Competition
Best Oil Painting, Essex Open Exhibition
Royal Society of Portrait Painters
Discerning Eye Exhibition, Mall Galleries
John Adams Fine Art Two-Man Exhibition
New English Art Club Exhibition
2012
Small Paintings Exhibition, Piers Feetham
Royal Society of British Artists Exhibition
Geedon Gallery, Fingringhoe
Threadneedle Exhibition, Mall Galleries
Thompsons Gallery, Aldeburgh
John Adams Fine Art
Royal Society of Portrait Painters
Red Rag Gallery, Stow-on-the-Wold
New English Art Club Exhibition
2013
Small Paintings Exhibition, Piers Feetham
Geedon Gallery, Finginghoe
Royal Academy Summer Exhibitioin
Royal Society of Portrait Painters
Lynn Painter-Stainers Exhibition, Mall Galleries
Discerning Eye Exhibition, Mall Galleries
Red Rag Gallery, Stow-on-the-Wold
John Adams Fine Art
Thompsons Gallery, Aldeburgh
RBA Exhibition at Rye Gallery
New English Art Club Exhibition
Most Prestigious Oil Painting Award, Essex Open
Stafford Gallery, Wimbledon Fine Art
2014
Small Paintings Exhibition, Piers Feetham
Lynn Painter-Stainers, Exhibition, Mall Galleries
Royal Society of British Artists Exhibition
Geedon Gallery, Fingringhoe
Red Rag Gallery, Stow-on-the-Wold
New English Art Club, Mall Galleries
Lloyds Avenue Gallery RBA Exhibition
Thompson's Gallery Annual Exhibition, Aldeburgh & London
2015
Realisme Art Fair, Amsterdam
Small Paintings Group Exhibition, Piers Feetham
Chroma Art Prize, Patchings 'Artist' Competition
Geedon Gallery, Fingringhoe
Josephine Harpur Gallery, Bury St Edmunds
John Noott Gallery, Broadway - RBA Exhibition
Thompson's Gallery, Aldeburgh
Lloyds Registry, City of London - RBA Exhibition
RBA Exhibition, Mall Galleries
NEAC Exhibition, Mall Galleries
Albany Gallery, Cardiff - NEAC Exhibition
Cambridge Art Fair
2016
Small Paintings Group Exhibitioin, Piers Feetham
Geedon Gallery, Fingringhoe
Thompson’s Gallery, Aldeburgh and London
RBA Exhibition, Mall Galleries
John Adams Fine Art, Pimlico
NEAC Exhibition, Mall Galleries
Small Paintings Group Exhibition, Gallery 54
Patchings ‘Prizewinners’ Exhibition, Nottingham
Japanese Exhibition, Mall Galleries???
2017
RBA Exhibition, Mall Galleries
NEAC Exhibition, Mall Galleries
John Adams Fine Art, Pimlico
Small Paintings Group Exhibition, Piers Feetja,
Thompson’s Gallery, Aldeburgh
Geedon Gallery, Fingringhoe
2018
M1 Gallery, Greenwich – Small Paintings Group Exhibition
Geedon Gallery, Fingringhoe
RBA Exhibition, Mall Galleries
NEAC Exhibition, Mall Galleries
Caran d’Ache Prizewinner, ‘The Artist’ & ‘Leisure Painter’ Exhibition, Nottingham
Wimbledon Art Gallery – Small Painting Group Exhiibition
John Adams Fine Art, Pimlico
Chappel Galleries, Essex ‘Home and Abroad’ Solo Exhibition
   

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