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ANNEE KELLY  FVAS AGRAF BA

Victoria, AUSTRALIE

Tel. : 0418 140 075

Email : annee.kelly.artist@gmail.com

Site : www.anneekellyartist.net

 

 

  

  

BIOGRAPHY  

 

Born in Alexandria, Egypt in 1949, with French being spoken at home, Annee completed her schooling at a French College, the College Sainte Jeanne Antide de Besancon. Her penchant for drawing and painting however, developed at a very early age and she was constantly involved in artistic activities, winning several art competitions whilst still at school. 

 

Annee arrived in Australia in 1969 to complete her education, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree, in addition to a Secondary Teacher's Training certificate. She began to work as a language teacher and later married and had two daughters. After the second of her children commenced primary school, Annee was encouraged to devote herself once again to her art. She was soon painting full time, initially in Oil, Gouache and Pastel, but she soon discovered Watercolour. She immediately felt a strong attraction to this medium, enjoying  its transparent, fluid and unpredictable qualities.

 

In 1985, her work was exhibited for the first time in a metropolitan gallery. Recognition was to follow very quickly. Over the ensuing years, she was to refine her skills under the guidance of tutors such as Gunther Kalbitzer, Ron Muller and the late Rick Rowton. Annee  however, continued to attend Watercolour demonstrations  and numerous workshops conducted by well-known watercolour artists. During this time, she developed a unique and distinctive style, characterised by sensitive renditions which captured the charming and mysterious qualities of her chosen subjects.

 

Annee loves painting on location when the feelings the subject arouses in her are the strongest. The range of subject matter which she paints is extensive, drawing her inspiration from the Australian landscape with its beauty and diversity, as well as from trips overseas, mainly to Europe. She is also lately using her art as a vehicle for social commentary.

 

Annee has won many awards and commendations and her work features in countless private collections both in Australia and overseas in addition to having her work exhibited in numerous galleries of prominence. She is a highly acclaimed teacher and published artist, is passionate about her art and enjoys sharing her knowledge and imparting her enthusiasm in well attended demonstrations and workshops. Presently, Annee teaches watercolour classes at the Mentone Mordialloc Art Group. Additionally, she has conducted ten consecutive workshops in France and Italy, where her language skills (French, Italian, Spanish) coupled with her training as a school teacher have served her well.  She has participated in numerous group shows, has had 17 solo exhibitions and taken part in several overseas exhibitions.

 

Annee is highly regarded amongst her peers and has been awarded the title of Fellow of both the prestigious Victorian Artists Society and the Guild of Realist Artists. In addition to the Victorian Artists Society (VAS) and the Australian Guild of Realist Artists (AGRA), Annee is also an active member of the Watercolour Society of Australia (WAS), the Melbourne Society of Women Painters and Sculptors (MSWPS) where she acted as Secretary for two years, the Mentone Mordialloc Art Group (MMAG), the Beaumaris Art Group (BAG), the Sherbrooke Art Society (SAS), the Brighton Art Society (BAS) and the Women's Art Register (WAR).

 

Annee features in 50 Australian Artists   Vol 1, Artists Ink (1994) and has been published in the Australian Artist Magazine (May 2002, April 2007, September 2012, August 2016, December 2018, February 2019, March 2019, January 2020) in addition to the VAS Journal, the Hues Magazine, Watermark and Art Edit Magazine.

 

Painting is an integral part of my life and a wonderful journey which has allowed me to see many beautiful places and meet with amazing people, whilst broadening my artistic knowledge by the countless visits to renowned galleries around the world.

 

I love painting on location when the inspiration is still strong. However, sound draftsmanship and understanding of the concepts of composition and design, tonal range and pleasing colours, are paramount concerns of mine. I am also captivated by the effect that light can have on a particular subject and the manner in which it transforms it, whether it be a silhouetted perched village in France seen against the light, an intimate courtyard in Italy bathed in the rays of a midday sun, or the softness of dusk imbuing the majestic vista of the Australian outback. I constantly seek to communicate this through painting, in the realisation that our world is a truly beautiful and precious place. The challenging capricious and fluid nature of watercolour remains my main mode of expression and I am constantly seeking improvement, chasing the illusive masterpiece." 

 

 

CAREER 

 

2017            

 

Made Fellow of Victorian Artists Society (FVAS)

 

Kath Ballard Award-Art of Excellence Exhibition, AGRA 

 

 

2014

 

Made Fellow of Guild of Realist Artists (AGRAF)

 

 

2011

 

First Prize,MSWPS, the Annie Davison Award 

 

 

2009

 

Greek Government  acquired a Watercolour of Annee's for it's permanent collection  at the National Gallery at Heraklion, capital of Crete.               

 

 

2008            

 

Awarded Certificate of Recognition, Australian Guild of Realist Artists, for High Quality Art Works.

 

 

2006            

 

Awarded Certificate of Recognition, Australian Guild of  Realist Artists, for High Quality Art Works.

 

 

2002            

 

Awarded Certificate of Recognition, Australian Guild of Realist Artists, for High Quality Art Works.

 

 

1999            

 

Elected Signatory Member, Victorian Artists Society, for her  contribution  and services to the Arts.

 

 

1993            

 

Invited to join La Societe des Aquarellistes du Canada at Highwater, Quebec. 

  

Invited to participate in the Art of Excellence Award Exhibition at the Australian Guild of Realist Artists Galleries in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2017, 2018. 

 

Selected to exhibit at the prestigious Alice Bale Award Exhibition in 1993, 1994 and all the ensuing years until 2015. 

 

Invited to be Guest Artist in many Art Shows, the latest of which was the Bayside Art Show in 2017. 

 

Participated in a European travelling Exhibition "Imago Mundi, Looking Down  Under, Contemporary Artists from Australia" in 2015.

 

Finalist in the VAS Mavis Exhibition in 2017. 

 

 

 

AWARDS AND COMMENDATIONS

 

2019            

 

Acquisitive Prize, The Moorabool Shire, Bacchus Marsh

 

Finalist, The AGRA Art of Excellence Award

 

Finalist, The Eastbourne Art Prize

 

 


2018      

      

Best Painting Open Award for Watercolour, BAG Annual Exhibition

 

Commended,  Autumn Exhibition, AGRA

 

People’s Choice Award,  Autumn Exhibition, AGRA

 

People’s Choice Award, MESAC  Annual Exhibition

 

Commended, Sir Arthur Streeton Award, SAS

 

 

 
2017

 

Highly Commended, BAG Annual Exhibition

 

Best Bayside Subject, BAS Annual Exhibition

 

Highly Commended, Bayside Art Show, Sandringham

 

Kath Ballard Award-Art of Excellence Exhibition, AGRA

 

Highly Commended, Winter Exhibition, AGRA

 

Feature Artist, Bayside Art Show, Sandringham

 

Highly Commended, Summer  Exhibition, AGRA

 

Highly Commended, Sir Arthur Streeton Award, SAS

 

Commended, Autumn Exhibition , AGRA

 

 


2016

           

People’s Choice Award, MESAC  

 

First Prize, Annual Exhibition, BAS

 

Highly Commended, Annual Exhibition, BAG

 

 


2015    

        

Commended AALCompetition, AGRA     

 

 


2014            

 

Highly Commended, Sir Gustav Nossal Art Award

 

Highly Commended, Autumn Exhibition AGRA

 

Highly Commended, Summer Exhibition AGRA

 

First Prize, Best Watercolour, BAS  

 

 

 
2013    

        

Highly Commended, Annual Exhibition BAG

  

Best Landscape,  Kenneth Jack Memorial  Award, WSA

 

Highly Commended , Annual Exhibition, BAG

 

Highly Commended, Autumn Exhibition., AGRA

 

Highly Commended, St. Kevin’s Art Show

 

Highly Commended , MSWPS Annual Exhibition

 

Highly Commended, Edrington Art Show

 

 


2012     

       

Best Painting all mediums>$1000 Bayside Art Show

 

Highly Commended, Sth Eastern Arts Festival

 

Commended, Berwick Artists Society

 

First Prize & Highly Commended, Edrington Art Show

 

First Prize, Brighton A.S. Annual Exhibition

 

                                  

2011            

 

First Prize, MSWPS, the Annie Davison Award

 

Highly Commended, Mordialloc Rotary Art Show

 

 

2010            

 

Best Painting, to the value $500, Mordialloc Art Show      

  

 

2009

 

Highly Commended, Mordialloc Rotary Art Show

 

People’s Choice Award, BAG

 

Highly Commended, BAG    

 

            

2008

 

Highly Commended, Sorrento Art Show    

 

                 

2007

 

Runner-up, AGRA, Summer Art Exhibition

 

Best painting, to the value $800, Mordialloc Art Show

 

 

2005

 

Highly Commended, MSWPS Annual Exhibition

 

 

2002

 

Feature Artist, Sherbrooke A.S.

                  

 

1997

 

First Prize, MMAG Annual Art Show         

                    

 

1996

 

Best Painting, OLSH Art Show to the value of $500

 

 

1995

 

Highly Commended, Brighton Rotary Art Show

 

Highly Commended, Mordialloc Rotary Art Show

 

Highly Commended, Wangaratta Art Show

 

Highly Commended, Spring SAS Art Exhibition

 

Highly Commended, OLSH Art Exhibition

 

Commended, Melbourne High School 

 

 

1994

 

Viewers Choice Award, MMAG

 

Viewers Choice Award PAS

 

Feature Artist O.L.S.H. Art Exhibition

 

 

                          
1993

 

Best Watercolour O.L.S.H

 

First Prize Watercolour, Carrum Downs

 

Highly Commended, Kew Rotary Art Show   

 

                  

1992

 

Second Prize, MMAG Annual Art Show

 

 

1991

 

Highly Commended, McClelland Art Show

 

Highly Commended, MMAG Art Exhibition

 

 

1989

 

Very Highly Commended, MMAG Art Exhibition

 

Best Miniature Painting, OLSH Art Exhibition

 

 

1988

 

First Prize, Henry on Kananook Exhibition 

 

Highly Commended, PAS Art Exhibition

 

 

1987

 

Commended, Student's Exhibition, MMAG 

 

Highly Commended, MMAG Art Exhibition

 

 

1986

 

Encouragement Award, MMAG Art Exhibition

 

 

 

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