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Louise Kelly


I am a Londoner and I graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1989 with a Masters degree in Illustration. After leaving the RCA I engaged in both editorial and advertising work with jobs that ranged from book covers and magazine work to packaging and advertising; having work published  nationally and internationally.

I also had the pleasure and privilege of teaching in colleges and universities for over 30 years, a rewarding time seeing students develop new and exciting work.

I have now fortunately relocated to Devon where I have a studio and spent my time totally immersed in the most beautiful landscape with plein air painting. I feel my illustrative background gives my pictures a narrative slant. Painting a necessity and I have a natural curiosity for creating pictures that evoke a sense of place, capturing moments in time.

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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