Bella Kelly Retrospective

20 June – 21 August, 2016
John Curtin Gallery
Curated by Annette Davis

The Bella Kelly Retrospective is an exhibition of paintings by the renowned Noongar artist Bella Kelly (1915-1994) including three from the City of Albany Collection as well as approximately 40 others borrowed from private and public collections.

The Bella Kelly Retrospective will build on the research undertaken for the Ripples in the Pond exhibition presented by Vancouver Arts Centre in 2014, which was developed to support the Great Southern Regional Tour of Koolark Koort Koorliny (Heart Coming Home); selected works from the Herbert Mayer Collection of Carrolup Artwork presented by John Curtin Gallery.

Through the Ripples in the Pond exhibition, Bella Kelly’s place in Noongar art history was re-evaluated. Bella Kelly had been previously described as being influenced by the Carrolup Style, whereas the research suggested that she may have been an important early influence on the Carrolup child artists.

Developed with assistance from Department of Culture and the Arts: Connect Community Collections Grant.

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Exhibition catalogue

Bella Kelly, Untitled Christmas Trees
Bella Kelly, Untitled, 1989
Bella Kelly, Untitled Golden Sunset