28th Sep, 2023 10:30

The Scottish Contemporary Art Auction

  Lot 13


oil on board, signed and dated '79, titled label verso

image size 40cm x 40cm, overall size 50cm x 50cm

Handwritten artist's label verso.
Note: Robert Kelsey was born in Glasgow and studied at the Glasgow School of Art (1966-1970) under David Donaldson, Alexander Goudie and James D. Robertson. Kelsey has earned a formidable reputation as one of Scotland's finest and most sought after contemporary artists. His numerous one man shows in London in particular enjoy huge success and his sell out exhibition at Thompson's Gallery (London) in 2004 was reported on BBC's "Breakfast" as "one of the biggest contemporary art exhibitions in London in recent years". The prestigious Thompson's Gallery described the event as "the most successful solo exhibition we have ever had". Robert has been a regular exhibitor for many years at The Royal Glasgow Institute, The Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Paisley Art Institute, The Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour and The Royal Scottish Academy. He has enjoyed success in New York , Budapest and Chicago and is widely exhibited throughout the UK. He has featured in many magazines including "Homes & Interiors" and "Scotland Magazine" and BBC News 24 has reported his achievements. The book "Robert Kelsey-the artist" was published in 2004. His style is distinctly "Contemporary Scottish Colourist" and although his work reveals his GSA training the strongest influences remain Peploe and Cadell. Robert writes : "I love the loneliness and serenity to be found at certain locations such as the beaches of the Outer Hebrides. I say "loneliness", which sounds like a bad thing, better to describe it as being at peace in serene places, where you can be alone with your thoughts, listen to the sea birds and the trickle of water". Robert's home and studio are in Paisley but his commercial success has allowed him to travel the world in search of the light and colour that are such strong features within his work. This broadening of horizons has been reflected in his "gallery prices" as his career and reputation continues to flourish. Kelsey collectors include : Sir Arnold Clark, The Duke of Bedford, Lord McFarlane of Bearsden, Cairn Energy PLC, Credit Lyonnais Bank, Taylor Woodrow, The Dunfermline Building Society, Highland Spring Water, Enterprise Oil, Paisley Art Gallery, Turnberry Hotel & Golf Club, Alliance & Leicester Building Society, Arisaig Partners (Asia) and The Fleming Collection.


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