Peter Kelly's paintings display his mastery of light: his preference for a limited palette of muted, tonal colours, occasionally warmed by brighter accents, is reminiscent of the Dutch and Scandinavian Schools (in particular Vilhelm Hammershoi who he greatly admires). His treatment of architecture shows the fine Classical draughtsmanship which characterises his work. Avoiding touristic cliches, his work has brought to light deserted side streets and empty arcades of Venice, Istanbul, Amsterdam, St Petersburg... His art is one of subtle understatement which demands and rewards quiet contemplation.
Peter establishes colour and composition with a sketch, small in size - but fairly accurate in colour and tone values. This may be repeated three or four times until a satisfactory result is achieved. Converting the results of the experimental sketches to the finished painting size may take several alterations in colour and composition, but the alterations add to the finished quality of his work.
1931 Born 11 December in Ilford, Essex
Trained in graphic design at the West Ham School of Art and Technology and afterwards at the Central School of Art and Design in London.
1957 He pursued a career as a graphic designer, illustrator and painter.
1982 He was elected a full member of the Royal Society of British Artists.
1995 He became a member of the Small Paintings Society.
2007 He was elected a member of the New English Art Club.
Small Paintings Group
2009 Great Art Prize, Patchings Art Festival, Nottingham
2005 Award for Best Watercolour, Essex Open Exhibition.
2001 Chairman's Prize, Discerning Eye Exhibition.
1997 De Laszlo Medal, Royal Society of British Artists.
1995 American Express Best New Painting, Discerning Eye Exhibition.
1993 Jeffrey Archer Prize, Royal Watercolour Society Open Exhibition.
1991 Higgs & Hill Bursary, Royal Society of British Artists
1984 Most Popular Painting, Laing Competition Final, Whitehall Banqueting Hall
1987/92/93/97/2001/05/06/09/10 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.
1992/93/96/97/98/99 /2000/01/03/05/09/12 Solo Exhibition, John Adams Fine Art
1995/97/2000/01/02/03/07/09/11/13 Discerning Eye Exhibition, Mall Galleries
2000 Solo Exhibition, Waterman Fine Art.
2007/08/13/14 Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize Exhibition.
2009/10/12 Threadneedle Prize Exhibition, Mall Galleries.
2010 Images of St Paul's in the 21st Century - Mixed Exhibition, St Paul's Crypt.