|Artist Name:||Annee Kelly|
|Usual Style:||Realist Impressionist|
|Art Groups:||Brighton Art Society|
Melbourne Society of Women Painters and Sculptors
Mentone Mordialloc Art Group
Highly acclaimed teacher and published artist, Annee’s penchant for drawing and painting developed at an early age whilst at school where she was constantly involved in artistic activities.
Upon arrival in Australia in 1969, she pursued a teaching career after graduating in Arts from Monash University and engaging in post graduate studies before qualifying as a secondary school teacher.
In 1985, after her two daughters had commenced primary school, she was able to devote herself once again to art. Annee loves painting on location, constantly seeking new inspiration and challenge. She demonstrates a profound ability to take ordinary subject matter and transform it by imbuing it with atmosphere and emotion.
Annee pursues a multitude of subject matter from landscapes to figures, flowers to the equine, in a fluid and competent manner, be it in watercolour, acrylic, oil or pastel, but watercolour has always remained her favourite.
Whilst Annee was instantly captivated by the beauty and diversity of the Australian landscape, she is similarly bonded to Europe and all that it has to offer and has painted in England, Ireland, Greece, France and Italy. She returns annually to Europe and conducts painting workshops, alternating between France and Italy in order to share this abundance of magnificent subject matter with others.
Annee is a member of “The Victorian Artists Society”( VAS), “The Australian Guild of Realist Artists” (AGRA), “The Watercolour Society of Victoria “(WSV) and “The Melbourne Society of Women Painters and Sculptors” (MSWPS), among others.
Painting is an integral part of my life and a wonderful journey which has allowed me to see so many beautiful places and meet with amazing people, whilst broadening my artistic knowledge by the countless visits made to renowned and not so renowned galleries. I love painting on location when the inspiration is still strong, however, sound craftsmanship and understanding of the concepts of composition and design, tonal range and pleasing colours, are paramount concerns of mine. I am also captivated by the effect that light can have on a particular subject and the manner in which it transforms it, whether it be a silhouetted perched village in France seen against the light, an intimate courtyard in Italy bathed in the rays of a midday sun, or the softness of dusk imbuing the majestic vista of the Australian outback. I constantly seek to communicate this through painting in the realization that our world is a truly beautiful place.
Art Group Memberships
The Victorian Artist Society (VAS)
The Australian Guild of Realist Artist (AGRA)
The Watercolour Society of Victoria (WSV)
The Melbourne Society of Women Painters and Sculptors (MSWPS)
The Mentone Mordialloc Art Group (MMAG)
The “Sherbrooke Art Society”( SAS)
The “Brighton Art Society” (SAS)
The “Beaumaris Art Group”(BAG)
The “Women Art Register”(WAR).
Australian Solo Exhibitions
1989 Akoonah Park Gallery, Berwick, Victoria.
1992 Gallery Eleven, Mentone Victoria.
1995 Private Studio Exhibition, Mentone, Victoria.
1999 Without Pier Gallery, Sandringham, Victoria.
2000 The Highway Gallery, Mount Waverly, Victoria.
2001 Without Pier Gallery, Sandringham, Victoria.
2003 Without Pier Gallery, Sandringham, Victoria.
2005 Private Studio Exhibition, Beaumaris, Victoria.
2008 Private Studio Exhibition, Beaumaris, Victoria.
2010 AGRA Galleries, Camberwell, Victoria.
2012 French Connections Exhibition at the White Hill Gallery, Red Hill.
2013, Heritage Club, Chirnside Park.
2014, Heritage Club, Chirnside Park.
2015, Victorian Artists Society, Members Room.
2015, Tumbarumba Gallery, NSW.
2016, Private Studio Exhibition.
1989 Heifei, People’s Republic of China.
1990 Anhui, People’s Republic of China.
1993 Montreal, Canada.
1996 Mall Galleries, London, UK.
2008 Biennale di Poesia, Alessandria Italy.
2009 Heraklion, Greece.
2011 Athens, Greece.
2015 Travelling European Exhibition “Imago Mundi, Looking Down Under”.
Awards & Achievements Include:
Awards & Commendations
1988 First Prize Henley Art Exhibition.
1989 Best Miniature Painting OLSH.
1993 First Prize Watercolours, Carrum Downs. Second Prize, MMAG. Best Watercolour, OLSH.
1994 Viewers Choice Award, PAS. Viewers Choice Award, MMAG. Feature Artist, OLSH.
1996 Best Painting, OLSH.
1997 First Prize, MMAG.
2002 Feature Artist, SAS.
2006 Best Painting all mediums to the value of $600.00., Mordialloc Rotary Art Show.
2007 Best Painting all mediums to the value of $800.00. Mordialloc Rotary Art Show. Runner-up, AGRA Summer Exhibition.
2008 Highly Commended, Sorrento Art Show.
2009 Viewer’s Choice Award, BAG. Highly Commended, Mordialloc Rotary Art Show.
2010 Best Painting all mediums to the value of $500.00., Mordialloc Rotary Art Show.
2011 First Prize, Melbourne Society of Women Painters and Sculptors.
2011 September Highly Commended, Mordialloc Rotary Art Show.
2011 Best Watercolour, Brighton Art Society Annual Art Show.
2012 Best Painting,Urban Section, The Edrington Art Exhibition.
2012 Highly Commended, The Edrington Art Exhibition.
2012 Highly Commended, The South Eastern Arts Festival.
2012 Commended, The Berwick Artists Society.
2012 Best Painting, all mediums, >$1000, Bayside Art Show.
2012 Highly Commended, Agra Winter Exhibition
2012 Commended, Agra Winter Exhibition.
2013 Highly Commended, AGRA Autumn exhibition.
2013 Joint 2nd Place, President's Challenge, AGRA.
2013 Highly Commended, BAG Annual exhibition.
2013 Highly Commended, StKevin's Art Show.
2013 Highly Commended, MSWPS Annual exhibition.
2013 Highly Commended Edrington Art Show.
2014 First Prize, Best Watercolour, BAS Annual exhibition.
2014 Highly Commended, AGRA Autumn exhibition.
2014 Highly Commended, Sir Gustav Nossal Arts Award.
2015 Commended, AAL Competition, AGRA.
2016 People's Choice Award, The Inaugural Easel Exhibition (MESAC).
2017 Commended, Autumn Exhibition, AGRA
2017 Highly Commended, Sir Arthur Streeton Award, SAS.
2017 Highly Commended, Summer Exhibition, AGRA
2017 Feature Artist, Bayside Art Show, Sandringham.
2017 Highly Commended, Bayside Art Show, Sandringham.
2017 Highly Commended, Winter Exhibition, AGRA.
2017 Kath Ballard Award, Art of Excellence Exhibition, AGRA.
2017 Best Bayside Subject, BAS Annual Exhibition.
2017 Highly Commended, BAG Annual Exhibition.
2018 Commended, Sir Arthur Streeton Award, SAS.
2018 People’s Choice Award, MESAC Annual Exhibition.
2018 People’s Choice Award, Autumn Exhibition, AGRA.
2018 Commended, Autumn Exhibition, AGRA.
2018 Best Watercolour Award, BAG Annual Exhibition.
1993 Invited to join La Societé des Aquarellistes du Canada at Highwater Quebec, Canada.
1999 Elected as a Signatory Member of the Victorian Artist Society, for her contribution and services to the Arts.
2002 Awarded Certificate of Recognition by the Australian Guild of Realist Artists, for high quality works.
2006 Awarded Certificate of Recognition, by the Australian Guild of Realist Artists, for high quality of works.
2007 Invited to participate in the Art Excellence Award Exhibition at the Australian Guild of Realist Artist Galleries.
2008 Award Certificate of Recognition by the Australian Guild of Realist Artists, for high quality art works.
2008 Invited to participate in the Art Excellence Award Exhibition at the Australian Guild of Realist Artists Galleries.
In 2009, the Greek Government on Crete acquired one of Annee's watercolours depicting an Australian landscape for its permanent collection.
2010 Invited to participate in the Art Excellence Award Exhibition at the Australian Guild of Realist Artists Galleries.
In 2014, Annee was made Fellow of the Guild of Realist Artists of Australia (Annee Kelly AGRAF) One of her paintings is part of a group exhibition representing Australia going on an international tour which started in Italy in 2015.
In 2017, Annee was admitted as a Fellow of the prestigious Victorian Artists Society "FVAS".
Mentone Mordialloc Art Group: every Wednesday mornings, 10 am till 12pm and when required. Monday mornings in Term one only.
Annee has also taught in different art societies and is often invited to replace absent tutors.
She also conducts classes at 'Blanc Canvas', in Hampton, when required.
Annee is regularly asked to conduct demonstrations and workshops throughout Victoria and her sought-after works are found in corporate and private collections both within Australia and overseas.