The Kiss - Ben Kelly

Image of The Kiss - Ben Kelly

38 x 28 cms Pen and ink on paper, framed - Ben Kelly

Ben trained at London’s renowned Central St Martins College and despite his great success as an artist he still works as a senior art lecturer.

In 2006 Ben won the Football in the Arts Prize for his painting ‘The Final Whistle’, then the second largest arts prize in the UK. Only one other painter has won the prize, L.S. Lowry in 1968 for this painting ‘Going to the Match’.

Dr Rina Arya writes: “Ben Kelly takes the viewer on a journey of epic proportions where we are able to sample the delights of different scenic views as the mood takes us. In the kaleidoscope of atmosphere, we are taken from the sombreness of a wintery scene, in contemplation either with a companion or left with one’s own thoughts, to a calypso sun-drenched holiday scene. Kelly has a gift for transporting the viewer from one vision to another. The horizontal bands of the more Nordic works instil a serenity that is shaken up by the fractured vertical shards of the light of warmer climes. Through his vibrant brushwork and customised colour palette he creates a tableau that is highly evocative. A personalised touch is the edging motif that surrounds some works, used to reference a feature in the painting, thereby grounding a sense of place.”

Dr Rina Arya is an art theorist and one of the foremost scholars on Francis Bacon. She has published several books on the artist.