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Fragmentated imaginings

3 Feb - 3 March 2018

Nicole Kelly's exhibition of new paintings 'Fragmented Imaginings' combines memory and observations and relationships to place. Meticulously applying paint, like pieces in a puzzle, she examines how time and retelling changes the way an experience is perceived and retold. 

Winning the prestigious Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship 2009, Kelly has been a finalist in awards including the Wynne Prize, Redlands Art Award, Tattersalls Art Prize, Black Swan Prize and Portia Geach Memorial Award. She undertook the AADK Spain Residency Program in 2016, the Bundanon Trust Artist Residency in 2015 and the Cite Internationale Des Arts Residency 2010 and was recently honoured with a solo exhibition at Hazelhurst Regional Gallery.

The works are on show at the gallery until 3 March. 
To view an exhibition catalogue please click HERE

Sutherland Hospital Commission, NSW


A daydream // Nicole Kelly

16 September - 25 September 2017

Nicole Kelly A daydream
16 September–25 September 2017

Press release courtesy This Is No Fantasy + Dianne Tanzer Gallery.

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.

Black Swan Prize for Portraiture

1-27 November 2017

The 2017 Black Swan Prize is one of Australia's richest Portraiture Prizes. Held in the heart of Perth, Western Australia, it proudly showcases and promotes Australia's top artists.

A path to

Thursday 16 March – Sunday 9 April

Kensington Contemporary presents

Nicole Kelly


Opening reception: Thursday 16 March, 6-8pm

Exhibition: Thursday 16 March – Sunday 9 April

Nicky Ginsberg, President of the Chippendale Creative Precinct, is delighted to  welcome Nicole Kelly’s nostalgic gouache conjurings on paper to Kensington Contemporary. Kelly’s expressive works distill the power of observation, accompanied by compelling undercurrents of the self’s negotiation of space and place in time.

A Path To captures snapshots of the artist’s visual and emotional stimuli during her recent Aktuelle Architektur Der Kultur Residency in Blanca, a village in southern Spain. Blanca, a small town in the region of Murcia, is nestled in the Ricote Valley. The mountainous Spanish terrain, dotted with citrus orchards, undulates in Kelly’s conjurings in paint.

During her residency, Kelly sought to interrogate the overlaps that exist between literal reality and poetic interpretation. The artist’s impassioned brush strokes and graphite scrawls are tangible explorations of the fine thread that semantically divides the two experiences. Kelly holds the tension that exists between the conceptual and the representative in paint, and lingers, poised, in this moment as the bold swashes of her medium are her remaining traces of this transient juncture.

Driven by desires to discover untapped landscapes and foreign topographies, A Path To contributes a thoughtful series of new landscapes to Kelly’s oeuvre. A process of self-travel and sharing of visual intimacy, the artist enriches her own visual palette through her exploration of the Spanish countryside, and subsequently, ours, too.

Kelly, a Sydney based painter, won the 2009 Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship and has been a finalist in a plethora of exhibitions including the 2015 Wynne Prize, and the 2016 NSW Parliament Plein Air Prize, Mosman Art Prize and Redlands Art Prize.  A graduate of National Art School in 2009, Kelly’s artistic career has flourished, as her en plein air practice and unique creative expression has drawn international attention.

Nicole Kelly: New Paintings

9 Feb - 4 Mar 2017

THIS IS NO FANTASY & Dianne Tanzer Gallery

Nicole Kelly’s first exhibition at the gallery will showcase her stunning new paintings, which reflect the influences of her recent AADK Residency Program in Spain.

Kelly’s artistic practice examines relationship to place, being grounded in the landscape, the private interior, as well as drawing influence from naturalist literature. She develops her paintings in the studio from pen line drawings, filtering through memory, impressions, colours and moods of her environment.

‘Through my paintings, my desire is to walk a line between a literal reality and a poetic interpretation.’ (Nicole Kelly, 2016)

Kelly won the prestigious Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship in 2009, and has also been awarded the Manning Prize 2015, 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, Redlands Art Prize, Mosman Art Prize, Black Swan Prize and the Portia Geach Memorial Award.

NSW Parliament Plein Air Prize Finalist, Sydney


Redlands Art Prize Finalist, Redlands Art Gallery, Queensland


Mosman Art Prize Finalist Sydney


Salon des Refuses, SH Ervin Gallery, Sydney


New World Art Prize Finalist, Sydney


Tattersall’s Club Landscape Art Prize Finalist, Brisbane


Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing Finalist


The works of the 46 2016 finalists are currently on display at Adelaide Perry Gallery until 25 March.

Kensington Contemporary warmly welcomes you to the opening reception of our upcoming exhibition, 'Desire and reason', by Nicole Kelly Artist on Thursday, 7th April 6-8pm!

The exhibition will be opened by highly esteemed Sydney based artist and painting/drawing lecturer of National Art School, Bill Brown.

Inspired by Kelly’s recent Artist Residency in NSW Bundanon, her atmospheric landscapes captivate the imagination, leading us on a personal journey through the Australian landscape, inspired by memory and emotional attachment.

Kensington Contemporary’s historic federation building will be transformed into a paradise of warm, pastel hues that flow beyond the large canvases, instilling the air with the comforting embrace of personal reflection and reminiscence. Kelly invites you to escape the fast-paced city lifestyle, and to lose yourself in contemplative euphoria as you journey through rural Australia.

Desire more? Join us for our Artist Lunch!

Saturday 9th April, 1-2pm
Lunch With an Artist: Nicole Kelly
Join our exhibiting artist for a tantalizing feast in Spice Alley!
($25/head, bookings essential. Secure your place and contact, or contact Nicky on 0417 494 317)

Desire and reason will be showing at Kensington Contemporary from 7th April – 1st May.

Black Swan Prize for Portraiture Finalist


Dr Stanley Quek in purple socks with Van Gogh and Matisse


Exhibition Details

The exhibition of finalist's artworks will be on display to the public from 24th September - 4th October 2015 at the Linton & Kay Gallery, 137 St Georges Terrace, Perth.

Wynne Prize Finalist 2015

18 Jul – 27 Sep 2015

Agendo Art Prize Finalist

5 - 12 August 2015

Boy on a bike


The Abbotsford Convent

1 St Heliers St, Abbortsford, VIC

Hutchins Art Prize Finalist

8–20 September 2015

Little Garie


Finalists’ exhibition

The finalists’ exhibition will be held at The Long Gallery, Salamanca Place, Hobart from 8–20 September 2015, 10.00 am – 5.30 pm.

Mosman Art Prize Finalist

25 July – 30 August


Protegées India Mark and Nicole Kelly exhibit together at NG Art Gallery

National Art School protegées Nicole Kelly and India Mark are two young Australian female artists whose work suggests incredible finesse, poise and potential.

Nicole is a winner of the Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship and India is the recipient of a Highly Commended in last year’s Chippendale New World Art Prize.

When they sat down together with the task of co-creating an exhibition for NG Art Gallery, we witnessed a very special kind of chemistry of shared idealism and subtle challenge. And so the collaboration “You my friend are beautiful. And terrifying” began.

“I am interested in abstracted form and colour going beyond naturalistic impressions and used as a means of expression. My work is based on felt experiences, sensations and feelings for my subject” 
Nicole Kelly, Artist

The two artists, under the influence of great painters past and present, play with form and light, sensitivity and provocation, that invites “you”- the viewer, to delve deeper into their personal world.

“It has occurred to me that neither of us alluded to interiors in a domestic sense, but more as an internal, emotional and intellectual world of self expression, thought and reflection”
India Mark, Artist

“You my friend are beautiful. And terrifying.”  Nicole Kelly & India Mark

Opening Night: Wednesday May 6th, 6pm, NG Art Gallery
Exhibition continues 6 - 23 May 2015

To Enquire about artwork:
Please Call (02) 9318 299

A Grand Summer Affair, Stockroom Show & New Works

4 FEB – 21 FEB 2015

William Fletcher Biennial Travelling Fellowship Rome Residency Finalists' exhibition

Saturday 4 October 2014, 2.30 to 5pm

William Fletcher Biennial Travelling Fellowship Rome Residency April to June 2015 and two Residencies at Bundanon, NSW

National Art School, Forbes Street, Darlinghurst
Building 25, Long Room Project Space


Finalists: Nicole Kelly, Alexi Keywan, Agnes Tyson



Winner of the $50 000 Waterhouse Art Prize, Matilda Michell, and winner of the $25 000 Brett Whiteley

Travelling Art Scholarship, Nicole Kelly, bring their unique partnership to Gaffa Gallery with In Company.

If you’ve ever wondered what liberties an artist takes with their subject or how ‘true’ a painting is, In

Company gives some clues to the answer. Here the interpretations of two very different artists on the same

subject sit side by side, providing a unique insight into the diversity of an artist’s vision.

The exhibition showcases a series of figure paintings composed together and executed side by side, which

presents a fascinating insight into the differing perspectives of two stylistically divergent artists.

After studying at the National Art School together, Michell and Kelly embarked upon very different

trajectories. Kelly’s approach to painting is strongly grounded in abstraction with an emphasis on colour

while Michell’s work is aligned with a classical, tonalist tradition.

With a common love of old master compositions and a shared poetic sensibility, these two artists present a

cohesive and sympathetic representation of the human form, despite their stylistic differences.

Opening night for In Company will be held on Thursday September 19th, 6 – 8 pm, at Gaffa Gallery in

Sydney and will continue until 29th September.

NICOLE KELLY Sea, bush and some flowers


To be opened by the Director of the National Art School Dr. Michael Snelling.

NG Art Gallery is proud to present Nicole Kelly's first exhibition Sea, bush and some flowers.

Winner of the $25,000 Brett Whiteley Travelling Scholarshi, Nicole was also awarded The Bruny Island Residency in Tasmania. Sea, bush and some flowers showcases Nicole’s exquisite landscapes completed during that time, in addition to some stunning sceneries from Cabbage Tree Point, Bundeena, NSW.

All Nicole Kelly’s works are completed en plein air – created outside and finished in one sitting. This truly Australian practice is crucial to her artistic process, where directedness and immediacy of mark making in relation to her observations allows for a continual and close relationship with her surroundings.

“It is an exciting experience to become familiar with entirely foreign and previously unknown surroundings, through painting” says Nicole Kelly, “ action, that allows one to see”. While Nicole’sapproach to painting is strongly grounded in direct observation, Sea, bush and some flowers draws heavily on her background in abstraction. Scenes of brilliant blue seas, windy washed skies and flora so iconicly Australian, all in the language of abstracted form and colour, permeate Nicole’s collection.

Her work has been described as “honest, physically rich and determined… [Nicole] is not afraid to make mistakes. Not a follower of the fashionable graphic style of her contemporaries, but prepared to look at artists before her and to take risks.” John Beard, 2009. Sea, bush and some flowers will showcase some of Nicole’s recent en plain air paintings, which reflect the artist’s honest and immediate relationship to the environment.

Come and see through the eyes of this skilled young artist from 9 - 26 July.

For further information, please email

NICOLE KELLY: New work: Figure and Landscape

14 March - 13 April 2014

Five years after graduating from National Art School, extensive overseas travel and having exhibited in group shows and prizes across Australia, I am finally having my first solo exhibition. I am very pleased and excited to invite you to the opening at Moran Sylvania Gallery on Friday 14 March, 6-8pm.

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