Born in Buffalo, New York, Kelly studied at Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the University of the Arts in Philadelphia USA. and at the National Gallery School, Melbourne., Australia. Having once called a park bench home, Kelly is a former steel worker, taxi driver, welder, Fulbright Scholar and former Dean at the Victorian Collage of the Arts , Melbourne.
Today Kelly is more notably recognised internationally as an artist and activist who works in many media though his past history resonates throughout his artistic enterprise which is characterised by a humanist approach and socially committed creative practice. Kelly lives and maintains a studio in a small bush town in rural Australia.
Kelly has been presented the Coat of Arms of the city of Guernica Spain. He is also the only visual artist to receive an Australian Violence Prevention Award from the Prime Minster and Courage of Conscience Award from the Peace Abby, Boston USA others have include the Dalai Lama, Martin Luther King Jr, Muhammad Ali, Rosa Parks, Nelson Mandela, John Lennon. Kelly has represented Australia in the International United Nations Human Rights Print in collaboration with Aboriginal artist Benjamin Mckeown.
Join Bill Kelly, a committed humanist artist whose work strongly address the ideas and ideals of community and the power of art to contribute to cultural change. Kelly is in Oxford for one day only so hope you don't miss this opportunity to experience a innovative artist.
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