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 Francis Robert, Jr. Kelly  (1927 - 2012)

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Lived/Active: California/Minnesota / England      Known for: town-landscape

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Francis Robert Kelly
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Francis Kelly was born in 1927 in St. Paul, Minnesota. He received his early education in Chicago and California. He served in the United States Navy from 1944 to 1948 when he entered the Art Center School, Los Angeles. During 1951 in 1952 he lived in Paris, attending the Academie de la Grande, Chaumiere. In 1953 he went to the University of Hawaii, Honolulu, and then to the University of California at Los Angeles, where he was graphic laboratory assistant to John Paul Jones.

Awarded a Fulbright Grant in 1955 he came to the Graphic Department of the Central School, London. The St. George's Gallery first introduced his etchings in Britain. In 1958 Kelly was awarded the Stacy Grant for painting. His work has been shown at Royal Academy Exhibitions and he has traveled extensively.

In 1966 he was appointed Art organizer for the U.S. Embassy "Festival of Arts in Humanities". His paintings were shown in the exhibition "Five American Artists in Britain". During 1976 he acted in a similar capacity on behalf of Windsor & Newton Ltd., who sponsored an exhibition of American artists commemorating the U.S. Bicentennial. He appeared in the film Science in Art.

Kelly has studied painting conservation at the Courtald Institute.  In 1967 he was sent to the Italian Art and Archives Rescue Fund to Florence to restore flood damaged paintings.  In 1971 his book, Art Restoration, was published by David and Charles and in the U.S. by McGraw-Hill.  His second book, The Studio and The Artist was published in 1975.

Kelly's work has been shown at 24 museums in Great Britain and numerous galleries. Acquisitions have been made by many public and private collections, universities and educational services.

During more than 40 years in Britain he has found a growing affinity with the countryside, observing less the well-known landmarks but rather more the timeless rural lanes and by-ways as yet still unspoiled by building and industry.  A member of the group in Brighton preserving Brighton's West Pier, he has produced a series of works recording the ravages of time on this finest of Victorian structures.

Maurice Sternberg, The American Perspective

This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Francis Robert Kelly was born in Minnesota on May 1, 1927. Kelly studied in London at Central School of Arts & Crafts. After serving in the U.S. Navy during the 1940s, he continued his studies in Paris at Academie de la Grande Chaumiere. About 1953 he moved to southern California and worked as a commercial illustrator for Douglas Aircraft Company. Returning to London in 1955, he died there on October 25, 2012. Exhibited: California Watercolor Society, 1954-55.
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
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