Nicole Kelly is a contemporary Australian artist whose practice explores slanted human narratives. Her visual language conjures emotional and psychological cartographies that trace the artist’s own spatial experiences of the land, intimately observed and sensitively felt.

Winner of the prestigious Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship (2009) and the Hurford Hardwood Portrait Prize (2018) Nicole Kelly is recognised for her landscape, portraiture and still life painting. She has undertaken residencies in France (2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2010) and Spain (2016) and has completed major public commissions for the Sutherland and St George Hospitals in Sydney. Her work has been selected for inclusion in the Lester Prize for Portraiture at the Art Gallery of WA (2019, 2018, 2017, 2015), Portia Geach Memorial Award (2020, 2019, 2015, 2014), Salon des Refuses (2019) and Wynne Prize at the Art Gallery of NSW (2015).


Kelly’s work is held in the collections of the Moran Art Foundation and Lismore Regional Gallery, among others. She is currently completing her Masters of Fine Art at the University of New South Wales where she is undertaking research in  landscape painting and poetic literature. Kelly is represented by Arthouse Gallery, Sydney and THIS IS NO FANTASY Gallery, Melbourne.

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