" In Kelly’s work the act of painting provides a passage from self-contained isolation to relationship with the world that surrounds her. "

-Sarah Schuster (Associate Professor of Art at Oberlin College)
"Kelly has not, like Gauguin the retired stockbroker, turned east in search of the Other. Rather, a migrant worker herself, she has simply found subjects in her new environment. And she depicts an actuality that incrementally changes by the fact of her painting it."

-David Cohen
"To concentrate on the face of a sex-worker is thus to redeem his/her humanity on the face of a ‘reality’ which seeks to reduce him/her to mere flesh."

- Bhaskar Mukhopadhyay

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Artist in Residence University of Tasmania
April-May 2016

Artist Statement

The 2015-2016 seasonal fires in Tasmania, Australia were longer in duration because of a continued draught. As a result, fires reached the alpine level of the mountains where the forests are up to 1500 years old consisting largely of Pencil Pines. Whole forests are blackened charcoal. My residency was directly after the fires, and became the focus of my work. As a resident artist I painted two paintings of a 1500 year old tree in Tasmania's World Heritage Area, Central Plato Conservation Area near Lake Mackenzie. I chose to paint this tree, the largest of the burnt trees that I could find. I've named this tree, “Joan of Arc.” after my own name, and the French Catholic Saint who was also burnt at the stake not from Global Warming but by the English, upon the orders of The Cardinal of Winchester in Rouen in 1431. Here is the painting “Joan of Arc” is surrounded by her kin. The grid reference for Joan of arc is:448459 easting & 5380999 northing. The 2nd painting is titled “Listen Close”, Joan of Arc is depicted communicating to her kin, passing on her wisdom of survival, her kin listening close. I worked from many drawings of the burnt trees as references and photographs.

"Speaking on behalf of his fellow judges, Ben Quilty said both 'Arnold and Kelly are artists and activists'. The judges were drawn to Raymond Arnold’s and Joan Kelly’s visceral and powerful response to the landscape of Tasmania. Neither of their works are pretty paintings, instead both artists have explored ideas of environmental and psychological histories of contested landscapes."

- Art Almanac

About Glover Prize

The Glover Prize is an Australian annual art prize awarded for paintings of the landscape of Tasmania. The prize was inaugurated in 2004 by the John Glover Society, based in Evandale, Tasmania, in honour of the work of British-born landscape painter John Glover, who lived and painted in the area from 1832 until his death in 1849. The current prize amount of A$ 40 000 is the highest for landscape painting in Australia. Raymond Arnold was the 1st place winner. He was also a previous winner.

Joan Kelly 2nd Place in John Glover 2017 landscape Painting Prize: Over 10,000 persons attended. 336 entries were considered by three independent judges. The judges for the 2017 Glover Prize are acclaimed artist and winner of the Archibald prize in 2011, Ben Quilty; Director of ARTAND, Eleonora Triguboff; and Senior Curator of Art at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Dr Mary Knights.

Joan Marie Kelly

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Social Art Practitioner | Artist | Teacher

Joan Marie Kelly is a practicing artist, exhibiting and publishing internationally. Her creative work emanates from ethnographical practices such as “fieldwork”. She is a social art practitioner implementing participatory art workshops since 2009 with sex workers in Kolkata India as the founder of ‘The Kolkata Women’s Dialogue.’

She works to sustain endangered languages with three linguists, Lauren Gawne, Alexander Coupe and Frantisek Kratochvil. In each linguist’s focus area she creates artistic engagement with members of the host communities. The focus of the workshops is to expose and gain understanding of visual iconography embedded in the culture of the host community.

Joan teaches at Nanyang Technological University, School of Art Design and Media in Singapore, since 2005.




See more of Joan Kelly’s work shown on StudioYU.org



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7 Awards

2014 - “Best of Show” China Art Expo, Beijing 2014

2013 - 16th World Peace Exhibition, Excellence in Social Art, 1st Prize, 50 International Artists

2013 - Honorary Guest Artist, Marrakech Morocco, Guinness Book of World Records

2012 - Achievement in Figurative Painting, 1st Prize, Jeonbuk Biennale,
            510 artists from 45 countries

2012 - Honorary Ambassador, Ecorea Jeonbuk Biennale, Jeonju Korea

2012 - Appreciation of Service Ecorea Jeonbuk Biennale, Rym, Chung Yeap, Mayor Wanju, Korea

2006 - Masters of Fine Art Honors Award, Western Connecticut State University, Artist Residencies

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18 Collections

Notable International Private and Corporate Collections

2015 - Xi’an Contemporary Art Museum, Xi’an China
           “Hangin’ Out” 77cm x 77cm, oil on canvavs, 2013

2013 - Hua Xia Baosheng Art Museum, Changzhou China, commissioned work, “Natural Transition”

2013 - Naresuan University Art Gallery, Phitsanulok Thailand, commissioned work,
            2 paintings “Calm Before the Storm”

2012 - National Arts Club of New York, NY, Permanent Collection, “The Reilly Family”

2012 - Centre d’Art Contemporain Essaouira, Morocco Mostapha Romni,
            commissioned work, 6 paintings
            1. “Daybreak” Painting, oil on canvas
            2. “Morning Conch Washed In Sand”
            3. “Polished Stones at Dusk”


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47 Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

Confirmed 2017- April - “Blue Mountain Gallery 230 West 25th Street, Chelsea, New York City”

2014 Nov 21 - Dec 20 - “Historical Indian Archetypes of Masculinity and Femininity: The Kotha and The Akhara”
Baron Art Gallery, Oberlin College USA

2012, 11-17 April - “Initial Encounters”
Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi Curator, Alka Pande

2011, 6 Dec - 30 Jan - “Rabindra Sarani, Portraits of Twenty Women”
Oresman Gallery at Smith College, Northampton Massachusetts USA

2011, 12-30 July - “Zones of Contact”
Blue Mountain Gallery Chelsea, New York City

2008, Nov - “Reflex”
Museum and Galeri Tuanku Fauziah | University Sains Penang

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28 Publications

Journal Publications as 1st Author

2014 - “Kelly, Joan Marie. ‘Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Self Identity in Communities of Marginalized
            Women in Kolkata, India’ (2014)"
            “Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2015, e-book"

2013 - "Kelly, Joan Marie.’Engineering Education in the 21st Century: Creativity, Collaboration,
            Invention” International Journal of Information and Education Technology’
            Vol. 3, No. 2 April "

2012 - “Kelly, Joan Marie. ‘Art Production and Social Knowledge: Relationship to Development
            Communications’ The Journal of Development Communication Volume 23, Number 2."

2012 - "Kelly, Joan Marie. ‘The Public Art of Joan Kelly: Zones of Contact’ Solo exhibition written
            essay by Art critic David Cohen of Artcritical, 2012, Designer: Cindy Wang"

2009 - "Kelly, Joan Marie. ‘The Communicative Dynamics of Painting’ International Journal of Arts
            and Society 2009. "

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