Location The Velvet Easel Gallery
298 Portobello High Street
EH15 2AS Telephone 07835 813689 & 0131 629 1121 Opening Hours

Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10-5

Sunday 11-5


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Artist - Carol Kelly

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Carol Kelly is a self-taught oil painter. She trained in classical ballet at the Theatre School in Edinburgh and now lives in Dunbar, East Lothian, where she owns Coast Gallery. Kelly’s work stems from some of her experiences in ballet, the process of practice and work before; the culmination into something extraordinary. The initial process is that of impasto paint and primer, placed in a manner both haphazard and poised- this is the routine of repetition and overcoming, producing beauty in the end. Ballet is all about clean lines and seemingly effortless movement, making the labour immaterial. Behind this is the power of muscularity- practice becoming painstaking and tying everything together at the end to create the pristine. This practice reflects in her paintings too. Kelly consistently has her studio filled with flowers in all their stages of life and tries to capture the essence of a flower’s life span.  Often what she captures is just the ghost of the flower. . The pieces are still life seen through the lens of memory and place, not reflective of reality- but a constructed one. The works have traditional means and subjects working with oil on board but transcend their primordial origins. Their smudged, smeared areas of rough form disappear as your eye drifts over the ostensibly ‘pretty’ subject matter. The appearance of sturdy, robust strokes turns into fragile, delicate wisps the more you look

Available Work

The Blue of Distance - £360

Future Tense - £395 - 29cm by 39cm

A Kiss from a Rose - £420 - 44cm by 51cm

Courage Returns - £420 - 44cm by 44cm

Golden Hour - £295 - 32cm by 32cm

Adagio - £295 - 26cm by 24cm

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