Nicole Kelly's collection of intimate interiors were created at home after quickly having to return from a residency program in France as Europe went into lockdown in March. Unable to access her studio Nicole set up a working area at home and found inspiration in the quiet spaces of her immediate surrounds. These small scale works offer fleeting glimpses of landscapes and figures through doorways, windows and mirrors contemplating the fractured space between our interior and exterior worlds.
“During this period of stillness and confinement, my response has been direct and representational – a search for stability.” – Nicole Kelly 2020
Winner of the prestigious Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship (2009) and the Hurford Hardwood Portrait Prize (2018), Kelly is well recognised for her landscape, portraiture and still life painting. She has undertaken residencies in France (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 (2020, 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 contemporary painting and poetic literature.