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"My work is not intended to be ambitious art in the sense of modernism or post modernism,” observes the artist. "The work is more of an intuitive response to my surroundings”.

For Kelly Hood painting is a matter of gritty loyalty. She is burdened and blessed by her obsession with West Kerry. It has provided her with subject matter whilst she pursued his artistic career in Dublin. It is a microcosm through which she has captured and chronicled images of our time. These subjects cover a variety of human types and experiences such as fishermen, men saving the hay, men bringing home the turf, old men engrossed in gossip and story telling, the momentum of Dingle Horse Races, psychological portraits of Irelands peoples, and not forgetting that time honoured West Kerry tradition – drinking.

“The choice of monochrome palette was a challenge, one inspired by the old black and white photographs of my family who were farmers and fisherman, people who lived by the land and the swell of the sea”.

Kelly Hood’s collection borders on the magical. She captures a timeless quality in her work, her subjects invigorated with delicate paint strokes and passion. The people in her paintings conjure up a celebration of our nation, of our traditions, and of our culture. Kelly Hoods shades of black, ivory and every grey are wholly appropriate and representative of harsh landscape and elements in turmoil. Serene or ferociously at work, Kelly Hood's subjects are located in their everyday life, unvarnished. Her paintings are oil and mixed media on linen canvas and are a blend of nature and people, indoors and outdoors, calm, turbulent, vivid, true.

Rose Rushe Arts Correspondent | Limerick Post


Kelly at work, in her Dingle art studio.