Bryan Beresford Kelly was born in Ennis County Clare. Educated at The Christian Brothers’ Schools, Ennis and Limerick and Saint Munchin’s College Limerick. I also studied ‘Textile Design’ at Leeds University, Yorkhire, England in the early sixties.
Most of my working life has been spent in the Textile Industry in England with my first studio being opened in Lancashire in 1984, specializing in Ceramics. Following on from this, I also had studios in Essex, West Cork and Bunclody, Wexford.
Although it was late in life when I discovered my love of painting and the fact that I could actually do it, I now work as a full time artist from a studio at my new home, Leamington Spa, England.
My first solo exhibition of my painting was held at the ‘Pigyard Gallery’ in Wexford Town, in March 2008 and proved to be very successful. This followed with an equally successful joint exhibition at The Gallerie Nautique, Cork City in July 2008 and a solo exhibition in ‘The Cockleshell Gallery’, Duncannon, Co Wexford, in October 2008.
In September 2008, I accepted a residency at the prestigious’Cill Rialaig Project, Co Kerry and by October 2010 was the featured artist at the Carysfort Gallery’s ‘Treasure Trove’ exhibition held in Wexford for the two week duration of the Open Festival.
I admire and am influenced by the work of many artists including Van Gogh, Gaughin, Pissaro and early ‘Naive’ artists such as Grandma Moses, Pippin, Hicks and Irish artist Marky Robinson.
I hope you enjoy viewing my paintings as much as I love painting them.