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Louise Kelly


My background is in illustration and I was fortunate enough to have a successful career in this field.

I engaged in both editorial and advertising work with jobs that ranged from book covers and magazine work to packaging and advertising; having illustrations that were published both nationally and internationally. I also have had the pleasure and privilege of teaching in colleges and universities for the last 30 years and I never tire of seeing students develop new and exciting work year on year. When I get the chance I make my own pictures and my illustrative background gives my images a narrative slant; potatoes with personality and importance; tools that reveal their owner's secrets or landscapes that evoke disquiet. I escape London when opportunity arises and venture to the coastline, lakes and mountains to capture moments in time. I find painting a necessity and I have a natural curiosity for creating pictures that evoke a sense of place.

My sketchbook is always with me.


1987 - 89 MA RCA Illustration, Royal College of Art

1984 - 87 BA Hons Graphic Design Chelsea School of Art

1983 - 84 Foundation Art and Design Middlesex University


2020 – Hatton Gallery, Newcastle, Out of the Blue - work for Susan Aldworth

2019 - Crouch End Open Studio, Group and Solo Show

2018 - The Mall Galleries London. Royal Society of Women Artists

2015 - 19  A letter in mind
2016 – The Affordable Arts Fair, Battersea
2014 - The Canbury Arms – solo show of recent work
2000 – 08 Royal Watercolour Society – Watercolour for the 21st Century
1999 -  Artbank
1998 -  Art for Sale – Joint exhibition and sale of work
1994 -  Hybrid Gallery, Columbia Rd– solo exhibition
1993 -  Andrew Usiskin Contemporary Art – Solo Exhibition
1993 -  King of Heart Gallery, Norwich – Between Six and Eight      Illustrators
1992 -  Dragon International
1992 -  Talberg/Taylor Gallery (sponsored by Aqua Libra)
1991 -  Gabrielle Skelton
1990 -  Camden Galleries
1989 -  Lauderdale House (Action for Dysphasic Adults)
1987 -  Royal Festival Hall
1986 -  The Original Picture Shop
1986 -  Tricycle Theatre

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