Brendan Kelly – Stamped
Hosted By 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace
October 16th - November 13th, 2021
A former stand-up comedian and children’s author, Kelly casts a critical eye on contemporary life, exploring our fraught recent and current experiences. Through a troupe of discombobulated characters and tones evoking the Australian landscape, Kelly aims to draw the viewer into a surreal visual world of struggle and fragmentation. A skeletal yet visceral portrait visualises the cognitive crunch that many of us have faced, especially in periods of isolation where the fragility of mental health comes into focus. The rectangular television-style faces in ‘Asylum’, adorned with a single omniscient eye, further hints at the psychological incarceration of self-isolation.
About this exhibition Brendan says: “My latest offering of mixed media paintings are a small collection of ‘stamps’ that are not actually stamps, nor are they small, but hopefully one day they’ll be collectible.
The stamps depict people of strong character or bearing who have influenced my work in ways that are not easily expressed in writing. I hope the paintings will express themselves in unique, curious and direct ways to the individual viewer.”