The visiting lecture series at the Hull school of art and design kicked off in style with a locally educated and employed Hullian Frances Kelly. Flitting the globe in recent years to take up residencies in Cyprus and more presently China, she brought a fresh and elevated sense of wealth to the start of the new academic year. The buzz was there for the absorbing of diverse practices alien and consanguineous to the gathering of mixed practice, there was the average crowd for the lectures and i was keen to divulge, digest and spit out the address in a flourish of mixed emotions from a summer of studio practice acrobats and mechanical meltdown. With a Background of Art Design and graphics Kelly went onto receive MA status in Printmaking in Bradford England, and barring her trips of penance returned to her hometown to lecture printmaking at the Hull School of Art and Design.
“I want my art to speak for me. I make no apologies for the fact that I love drawing and making marks. In the ideal piece, for me, the image has generated it’s own narrative, through instinctive strokes often in different media, based around draughtmanship with strong linear elements. It can be hard to stop and also leave space for the image to breathe. It is a constant battle of mind and hand, to reduce the excess of the marks. Often it needs to change, and I reduce the content but my natural way is to fill every space with pattern and detail! The challenge is to remove the unnecessary and refine what is left. Actually, they are unlikely to remain simple images, as I get carried away with the drawing and the way in which the media extends the mark. I have a strong aesthetic sense that stems from my graphics and textiles experience, together with the passion for life drawing that often dictates the subject. I am led by the progression of whatever I am working on. The benefit of having many ideas that overlap is that there is rarely a time when I have completed everything, so there is always something I want to work on. One project seeds the ideas that germinate in the next. I will always draw, always have done and I love my art. Always a tempting way to work and when I take the imagery into print, as it has such a tactile quality, with the emboss of the plate and the ink almost raised from the surface of the hand made paper in etching, or the surface of the silkscreen, the detail of the litho and the physical depth of the mark with the woodcut, it is transformed. The test print that becomes more of a finished piece, that adds to the original, and the calculated print edition, move my art forward.
I just need to print more! I need to draw more, it makes my life work.
( http://www.franceskellyart.com/#!__art Direct Quote).
With the passion and prowess of one well traveled, the experience of her time at the Guanlan clearly motivates to share the wealth of her years and practice within the fine arts and her experience in Graphic design and most favorably silk screen printmaking. Her work can be viewed when active at the Gallery Eleven in Hulls lucrative and prosperous former Fruit Market, and She boasts the accolade of helping found the Hull Printmaking Collective. Her work is figurative, detailed and expression floods akin to the inks and her visions, she sees the beauty in the simple, and in the form of portraits her work sings. Her manner is calm and eluring and you are free to opinion and thought throughout, she steadied well, smiled and was welcoming of questions from keen enthusiasts of her work in particular and her practice.
It was encouraging to see the lectures on our doorstep, to ditch the need to speculate your changing surrounding and relax into the moment, a clear strength for the tireless work undertaken to give us the tools we need in “life after HSAD“.