Anthony D Kelly

A Dream of Transformation and New Growth
16.5″x11.8″; digital collage; 2020

Anthony D Kelly
Castlebar, County Mayo, Ireland

STATEMENT

Over the last number of years my work has spoken on a vast array of different topics, all of which have been drawn together by my own meandering passions and ideas; and somehow centrally bound by a deep interest in fostering human growth. I believe the arts have an essential role in the maturation and the restorative humanization of our society; by providing us with a means share lived experiences, reflect on the harsh realities of today, and to imagine infinite possible futures through the vehicle of creativity.

Collage has always felt like the most apt means for reflecting on our fractured society. By providing an opportunity to hijack the narratives and imagery of advertising, newspapers and other sources of mass printed and digital media, collage delivers to us a possibility. The possibility to repurpose and restructure mass media messaging; creating unified reflections that emerge from our own experiences, unconscious processes, hopes, struggles and dreams.

Whether I am working with digital or analog collage, or whether the topic at hand is political, personal, comical or purely experimental; I am following a deep intuitive response to my own processes of selection, placement and commitment to a final composition. I believe that any time one of us engages in this kind of process the result is a unique piece of work, drawn from our creative alchemical selves and delivered through the medium of collage.

BIO

Anthony D Kelly is a Freelance Illustrator, Writer and Visual Artist. He currently bases his practice in Castlebar, County Mayo located on Ireland’s West Coast. He has extensive experience as a Gallery Administrator, Curator and Project Facilitator from his time as at the Basement Project Space Gallery in Cork, Ireland.

He has studied Arts Administration, Arts Participation and Global Development and Humanistic Integrative Psychotherapy. Anthony is greatly interested in the Arts as an effective method for engagement with Social, Political and Global Development issues. He enjoys working with both Digital and Analog forms of collage. He has exhibited internationally in England, Scotland, Belgium, Portugal, USA and Italy as well as extensively within Ireland. He has has delivered workshops and lectures at both Collagistas #5 (Dublin) and Collagistas #6 (Belgium).

He has been featured in several publications such as Art Reveal, Creativ Paper and Murze Magazine. He is also deeply interested in the collage process as a mirror for our innate creative capacities; he is currently conducting research in this field and has delivered a lecture on the topic in Belgium last year.

He is also the creator of the Freeform Trouble Rare Monster Sighting Archives.

ARTIST CONTACT

+353 851 339 108
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www.freeformtrouble.com

IMAGES

Dreaming of a Foolish April
16.5″x11.8″; digital collage; 2020
Dance, Dance Revolution
11.8″x8.3″; analogue collage; 2020
A Cosmic Mystery Unfolds at the County Fair
11.8″x8.3″; analogue collage; 2019
Maligned 1
14.6″x11.4″; analogue collage and ink; 2011