Mitchell Kelly is an emerging Sydney-based artist who investigates the natural world as a source for creativity. Kelly's motif primarily focuses on the landscape reflecting a sense of immersion and familiarity with the explored sites. Notions of time, history and the remote are communicated throughout his work. Kelly is primarliy concerned with merging his sensory experiences and the observed environment- the intuitive response and the rational response.
"The significance of spontaneity within my practice is paramount. The multiple departure points from realism seek to capture an essence of the landscape that will not compete with its innate beauty. The beginning of all my work is the hardest part as the first mark prescribes the life of the work."
"The notion of time and change is for me, the catalyst in my artmaking. The landscape is a vehicle in which I explore abstract concepts - history is revealed in the layering of paint and charcoal."