Nick Kelly: From Shellness to Dungeness – Paintings of a walk along the Kent coast

From 8 April 2017
To 7 May 2017

Fund Raising Event: Saturday 8 April 2017 1pm to 3pm
The work is for sale to raise money for Marie Curie. In October Nick Kelly will be taking part in a ten day challenge trek in the Himalayan foothills. This exhibition will play a major part in raising funds for the charity event.  This is an opportunity to acquire a Nick Kelly original work at a very special price for a very special cause.

See Nick Kelly interviewed by BBC South East here

Exhibition

Discover the hidden gems of Kent’s coast with this exhibition of new work by Nick Kelly.  Painted over a period of eight months each of the thirty acrylic paintings reveal a quiet part of the wilderness along the Saxon Shore Way; shacks and breakwaters, rock pools and marshy inlets, shells and shorelines and the simple shape of nature itself.

Setting off from Shellness on the Isle of Sheppey, an off-the-beaten-track haven for birdlife and beachcombers, the route has taken  Nick to Harty Ferry, which used to connect the island to the mainland just west of Faversham.  Through Oare and Faversham itself he passed Hollow Shore and Castle Coote before arriving at Whitstable. Long Rock and Hampton follow until Herne Bay. Then Reculver, Minnis Bay to Margate and The North Foreland, Botany Bay and Joss Bay. From Broadstairs and Ramsgate he passed Pegwell Bay and the estuary at Sandwich, the long stretch of beach to Deal, Walmer, Kingsdown and St. Margaret’s at Cliffe. The White Cliffs of Dover are next followed by Folkestone, Sandgate, Hythe and the simple beauty of the land of the Little Railway take us finally to Dymchurch, Romney and Dungeness.

A number of the final artworks have been created in situ with the others made in his Whitstable studio from sketches en route.  The work shares Nick’s love of walking and painting with the viewer, capturing his sense of freedom and oneness with the elements within each piece.

Nick says ‘Apart from exploring some of the hidden coastal places of Kent my aim is to raise money for Marie Curie. In October I will be taking part in a ten day challenge trek in the Himalayan foothills. This exhibition will play a major part in raising funds for the charity event.
‘I am lucky that I can combine my love of walking and painting in this way. There’s nothing better than a long brisk walk, with a sea breeze and rucksack on the back. Cheese and pickle sandwiches, Thermos of tea, sketch pad, pencils and paints. Perfect!’

This extract from Marie Curie website emphasises the important work they do
“Marie Curie Nurses work night and day, in people’s homes across the UK, providing hands-on care and vital emotional support. Our hospices offer specialist round-the-clock care.  And we support people throughout their illness by giving practical information, support from trained volunteers and being there when someone wants to talk.”

Nick Kelly

Walmer Beach

acrylic on canvas
30x30cm

Long Rock, Swalecliff

acrylic on canvas
30x30cm

Purple Boats from the Stade Folkestone Harbour

acrylic on canvas
30x30cm

Huts, Margate Beach

acrylic on canvas
30x30cm

Baby Dolphin, St Margaret's at Cliffe

acrylic on canvas
30x30cm

Deal from the Pier

acrylic on canvas
30x30cm

Huts at Seasalter

acrylic on canvas
30x30cm

Marine Parade, Hythe

acrylic on canvas
30x30cm

Pegwell Bay

acrylic on canvas
30x30cm

Ramsgate Harbour

acrylic on canvas
30x30cm

Reculver

acrylic on canvas
30x30cm

Statue of Battle of Britain Pilot, Capel le Ferne

acrylic on canvas
30x30cm

The Neptune, Whitstable

acrylic on canvas
30x30cm

Viking Bay, Broadstairs

acrylic on canvas
30x30cm

Herne Bay

acrylic on canvas
30x30cm

Foreness Point

acrylic on canvas
30x30cm

Harty Ferry

acrylic on canvas
30x30cm

Shack at Shellness

acrylic on canvas
30x30cm

 

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