Bold, rich oils on a raw backdrop of wood panel; elegant, classical figures with a provocative, erotic edge - Kelly John Gough's artwork embodies a breathtaking joining of juxtapositions. Inspired by the human form, Kelly paints vibrant, striking nudes with a composition that's enriched by strong chiaroscuro, exciting areas of negative space and the natural grain and knots of his signature wooden panel canvas. From large-scale pieces that bring a whole building to life to compact miniatures that enliven a wall or desk, Kelly's distinctive style never fails to make a statement.
Born and bred in South Africa, Kelly has been painting since he could walk - experimenting with art for the first time as a young child, under the masterful eye of his fine-art trained father. After studying graphic design and working in the publishing and production industry for 12 years, Kelly took the plunge and embraced his first love full-time in 2001. Kelly works from his studio based in Cape Town's creative hub of The Woodstock Exchange and sells ready-to-hang works as well as privately commissioned pieces.