Robert Kelsey

Robert Kelsey

Robert Kelsey

Artist Robert Kelsey was born in Glasgow in 1949. He attended Glasgow School of Art studying under leading artists, David Robertson, John Cunningham, Alexander Goudie, James Robertson and Duncan Shanks. His paintings reflect the powerful influence of his former tutors. Other influences include paintings are the Scottish Colourists Peploe and Cadell and he also admires the work of English artists Edward Seago and Ken Howard.

After graduating, like many artists, Kelsey embarked on a career in Art Education. As a teacher, Kelsey was encouraged to concentrate on his own projects alongside classroom work. By the time he was appointed Principle Teacher in the 80’s he had established his own studio and was able to continue his painting there.

In 1995 Kelsey decided to leave teaching for a full time career as an artist. Success soon followed and Kelsey has enjoyed many successful art exhibitions in Britain, Europe and the United States. His paintings can also be found in corporate art collections. In 1998 he was awarded a diploma from Paisley Art Institute.

Despite being an enthusiastic traveller, he has always loved returning to his Scottish roots and the inspiration he finds in the beauty of the Scottish coastline. Kelsey has established a reputation for his faithful depictions of the coastal landscapes of Western Scotland and its adjacent islands. Kelsey’s distinctive oils on canvas convey the vast flat beaches, sparkling emerald waters and majestic skies in a glowing array of blues, golds, and greens.

Kelsey is known for his lively and fluent style of painting and his undoubted skill in capturing the light and colour to which he brings unparalleled accuracy. Robert paints with vigour and feeling to interpret a sense of place through light and colour often focusing on a vast lonely beach landscape of the Western Isles.