Michael Kelly was born in Rossendale in 1954. He studied at Liverpool College of Art where he became a star pupil of Mike Knowles, who himself had been The Slade and in contact with painters like Kossoff, Auerbach, Andrews and Uglow. Knowles ensured his own students in Liverpool had a strong understanding of drawing, something which underpins much of Michael’s work.
His figurative works are part of a lineage of some of the greatest British paintings in the past hundred years. His wonderful still-life drawings of flowers are beautiful and somehow moving. His large oils are a sensation to behold!
Michael has worked in education and community arts whilst continuing to paint. His work is held in both public and private collections.