Irish artist Esther O'Kelly is from Wexford and now working in Belfast. She graduated from The National College of Art and Design with an honours degree in Visual Communication. Esther has over 17 years experience working within the Creative Industry, in Dublin, Melbourne & Belfast and now devoting herself to her career in fine art.

   O'Kelly comes from a seafaring family and her joyous work draws its distinctive colour palette from the seaside where she grew up with its bright, incongruous contrasts and its variety of textures, natural and man-made. She seeks her inspiration from the natural beauty the coastline to the dwelling places dotted along it and the lives lived on our shores.  

   'My paintings begin as depictions of a place from memory but during the painting process they take on a life of their own, I try to keep the painting open to all possibilities, deviations and directions. I like working back and forth between organic and architectural elements, colours and textures that become saturated or atmospheric, marks that whisper or shout. Layers of paint are built up and stripped away creating delicate colour passages and textures reminiscent of stone and peeling paint. Houses and shapes are painted over but the imprint remains visible, creating an archaeology beneath the painted surface. Through my work I try to create my home as a metaphysical space, I ground myself within this space and subsequently I’ve come to find home in my work.'

Solo Shows:
Framewerk Belfast.
Pigyard, Wexford.
Riverside Theatre, Coleraine

Group Shows:
The National Bar, Belfast
Goose Lane Gallery, Belfast
Catalyst Arts Belfast
Duke Street Gallert Dublin,
Lavelle Gallery Clifden,
Whalley Gallery Belfast,