Describing Architecture

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Selection of Works / Denis Kelly


Acrylic on found wood
500 x 400 mm
10 panels

Denis Kelly makes abstract paintings characterised by hard edge colour motifs, predominantly painted flat on wooden surfaces. His work is a playful, idiosyncratic response to the built environment and employs a strict reductive language that explores light, form and space.

Ultimately, the intention is to allude rather than describe allowing curious forms to materialise and manifest within the painting, where tension is created by opposing and contradictory elements – figure/ground, control/chance, construction/destruction, revelation/concealment.

Denis Kelly is an Irish artist who previously worked for a number of years as a graphic designer in Dublin taking up painting in 2007. He holds an MFA in painting from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin and a BA Honours Degree from the Institute of Art, Design and Technology Dún Laoghaire.