Rory O'Kelly Print Biography
 
Painting has been a force in my life since I was a boy watching my father paint, as he had watched his father painting, and I recognized the absolute authority of the artist’s eye to transform anything it sees, into whatever it desires. I see the choice to turn not only ugliness into beauty, but also possibly beauty into unashamed ugliness as well – as an act of character that fortifies my perspective.

I don’t find it necessary to paint with precision what I see in front of me, because I’m not quite convinced that most subjects are worth it. The experience of something is more lasting than the “something” could ever be. Perhaps because as a kid I moved around a lot, my first big move being from Ireland to Canada, I’ve placed more importance on doing and being rather than on my surroundings. So, I paint the sum energy of change itself, and the emotion and the process, and only rarely will I incorporate a recognizable object.

The style of my current body of work is overtly mid-modern because the hard surfaces, the functional perpendicular construction, the bravado of the acidic colours, all ring true to my sensibilities right now. The intelligent design and lean mid-century aesthetic is indelible on our vision of the future, and so it is as relevant today as it ever was. The idea then is to evolve this work in response to our times, our concerns, our unfolding future.

 
Biography
 

Born: 1965 in Bagnelstown, Ireland, currently resides in London Ontario

 
Selected Exhibitions
 
2004 Barber Gallery, Guelf, On. Group show
Eola Gallery, Elora, On. Solo show
2003 Tom Thompson Gallery, Owen Sound, On. Juried exhibition
Eola Gallery, Elora, On. Two man show
Barber Gallery, Guelf, On. Group show
2002 Michael Gibson Gallery, London, On. Juried exhibition
Tom Thompson Gaqllery, Owen Sound, On. Juried exhibition
Eola Gallery, Elora, On. Two man show
2001 Michael Gibson Gallery, London, On. Juried exhibition
Eola Gallery, Elora, On. Group show
Tom Thompson Gallery, Owen sound, On. Juried exhibition
 
Collections
 
O’Kelly’s paintings can be found in collections in Australia, Germany, Ireland, England as well as the United States and across Canada.
 
Selected Articles
 
Journey into simpler times; Lifestyle Magazine
Stills of Pure Energy; Scene Magazine