Winner of the prestigious Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship (2009) and the Hurford Hardwood Portrait Prize (2018) Nicole Kelly is well recognised for her landscape, portraiture and still life painting. Kelly has undertaken residencies in France (2018, 2017, 2010) and Spain (2016) and has completed major public commissions for the Sutherland and St George Hospitals in Sydney. In 2018, she was the recipient of an Australian Postgraduate Award to undertake research in Contemporary Painting and Poetic Literature.
Nicole Kelly’s work is held in the collections of the Moran Art Foundation and the Lismore Regional Gallery, among others. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) from the National Art School in Sydney and is currently completing her Masters of Fine Art at the University of New South Wales. Her work has been selected for inclusion in the Black Swan Prize for Portraiture at the Art Gallery of Western Australia (2018, 2017, 2015), the Portia Geach Memorial Award at S. H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney (2015, 2014) and the Wynne Prize at the Art Gallery of New South Wales (2015).