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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 vibrant, striking nudes with a composition enriched by strong chiaroscuro, exciting areas of negative space and the natural grain of his signature wooden panel canvas. From large-scale pieces that bring a whole building to life to compact miniatures that enliven a wall or desk, Kelly’s distinctive style never fails to make a statement.
Born and bred in South Africa, 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. Kelly has since enjoyed solo and group exhibitions at a number of prestigious galleries, hotels and boutiques including Graham's Fine Art Gallery (Joburg), Diedricks/Faber Fine Art (Joburg), Youngblood Gallery (Cape Town), Grande Provence (Franschhoek), Red! The Gallery (Steenberg), The Studio (Kalk Bay) and Kat van Duinen boutique (Old Biscuit Mill, Woodstock). Kelly works from his studio based in Cape Town’s creative hub of The Exchange, Woodstock and sells ready-to-hang works as well as privately commissioned pieces.