Brendan Kelly

Growing up in New South Wales, Brendan Kelly had his first experience with paint at four years old watching his father paint a half woman/ half man stick figure. This moment became stuck in Kelly’s mind, prompting further experimentation with art throughout his teenage years.

Kelly was influenced by his visits to the Art Gallery of New South Wales from a young age. These visits left a lasting impression on the artist as it is impossible to ignore the relationship between his works and those of illustrious artists such as Sidney Nolan and John Olsen.

Following a relocation to Byron Bay in the 1990’s, the peace and isolation of his surroundings became the main theme in his work.

After attending drawing and painting classes in Northern NSW, Kelly’s mind opened to a heightened sense of awareness which led to an exclusive concentration on his art practice. The subsequent development of Kelly’s distinctive painting style reflects both his character and life experiences.

The artist captures local subjects and his oeuvre includes reflections on Australian history, colonialism, iconic heroes, and eccentricities as an Australian.


2023 Utter Bedlam, Brenda Colahan Fine Art, Sydney NSW
2022 Response to Lloyd Rees Uncovered, Brenda Colahan Fine Art, Sydney NSW
2022 Response to Lloyd Rees Uncovered, Gallery Lane Cove, Sydney NSW
2022 Response to Lloyd Rees Uncovered, Macquarie University, Sydney NSW
2022 Saint Ned, Brenda Colahan Fine Art, Sydney NSW
2021 Stamped, 19Karen Gallery Gold Coast QLD
2021 Wallumatta White Kid, The Wellington Gallery Sydney NSW
2021 Breastfed Orphans,Traffic Jam Galleries, Sydney NSW
2020 Trouble in The Order,The Wellington Gallery Sydney NSW
2020 Flight to Light,The Wellington Gallery Sydney NSW


2022 Capers Festival, Thom Gallery, Byron Bay, NSW
2021 Sydney Road Gallery Birthday Show
2021 ‘Birds’ Group Exhibition, Traffic Jam Galleries, Sydney
2019 Forest Art Flesh and Bone Experiment, Mullumbimby, NSW
2019 Forest Art Enter The Bower, Mullumbimby, NSW
2018 Forest Art Forest Comes Alive, Mullumbimby, NSW
2018 Forest Art Mullumbimby, NSW


2023 Byron Art Magazine (BAM) Finalist
2022 Wollumbin Art Award Finalist (Highly Commended)
2022 Byron Art Magazine (BAM) Finalist