Bold, rich oils on a raw backdrop of wood panel; elegant, classical figures with a provocative, erotic edge – Kelly John Gough’s artwork embodies a breathtaking joining of juxtapositions.
Inspired by the human form, Kelly paints striking nudes and portraits with a composition enriched by strong chiaroscuro, exciting areas of negative space and the natural grain and knots of his signature wooden-panel canvas. From large-scale pieces to compact miniatures, Kelly’s distinctive style never fails to make a statement.
South African Kelly has been painting since he could walk, experimenting with art for the first time as a young child, under the masterful eye of his fine-art trained father. After studying graphic design and working in the publishing and production industry for 12 years, Kelly took the plunge and embraced his first love full-time in 2001. Since then, Kelly has enjoyed exhibitions at a number of prestigious galleries, hotels and boutiques across South Africa.
Kelly works from his studio based in Cape Town’s The Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock and sells ready-to-hang works as well as privately commissioned pieces.
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