Gerald Festus Kelly
(1879 - 1972)
Gerald Festus Kelly was active/lived in United Kingdom, England, Ireland. Gerald Kelly is known for academic portrait painting.
Biography Gerald Festus Kelly
Gerald Festus Kelly RHA, PRA (1879-1972)
The academic* style portrait artist and oil painter Gerald Kelly enjoyed a long association with the Royal Hibernian Academy* (RHA) being elected a full member and exhibiting for over sixty years (1905-1969).
He was born in London, educated at Cambridge University and studied drawing and painting in Paris, in the academic style of art. The painter Whistler was an early influence. Kelly himself was an avid traveller, visiting America, South Africa, Spain, and Burma, where he executed some of his most characteristic figure drawings.
Kelly gained a reputation as a technically accomplished exponent of academic portrait art, specializing in children and women. Among his ma
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