Wendy Kelly’s two-dimensional, non-objective works include painting, works on paper, and unique state books.
Wendy Kelly (nee Malcolm) was born in Melbourne and her primary and secondary schooling took place in the Port Phillip Bay suburbs of Sandringham and Mentone. Her interest in visual art developed in childhood and was unique within her family. Kelly left school at the end of year eleven, due to her father retiring, and worked in a bank for three years until she married. In 1972 Kelly returned to school part-time to complete year twelve. Upon her graduation in 1974, she enrolled in a Diploma of Art and Design/Fine Art at the Caulfield Institute of Technology, where Craig Gough, Christopher Pyett, and Gareth Sansom were among the lecturers. She completed this qualification in 1978. Kelly’s first solo exhibition was held in 1981 at the Hawthorn City Gallery and consisted of a suite of figurative works including paintings and works on paper. These works were of objects and interiors and their main subject was the exploration of the effect of light on colour. Kelly had further solo exhibitions in galleries, including Pinacotheca (1985) and La Trobe University Chisholm College Gallery (1985), as well as participating in many group shows during this period. In 1987 she traveled to the United States and Europe to experience the art that she had previously only seen in reproduction, especially the examples of the early Modernists. In 2010 Wendy Kelly obtained a PhD at Monash University, Faculty of Art & Design. A prolific artist with a distinguished style and reputation, Kelly’s works are in major collections such as the State Library of Victoria,
National Gallery of Victoria,
Monash University Library, Artists Book Collection, Caulfield Campus
La Trobe University Collection,
University of Southern Queensland,
and in many Private collections world over.
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