What the Critics Say

Milking it, in the Balla Ban Art Gallery

“There's an astonishing variety in the collection, with Kelly's strength of technique ensuring that each new work is fresh and distinct.”

Ireland’s Homes Interiors & Living




Cows In The Hood

A skilled painter and artist, who specialises in uniquely Irish images and animal scenes, Kelly has seen huge interest in her cow paintings from collectors and galleries. Her super-realist black and white style has won her fans worldwide, with original paintings by the Dingle artist owned by The Cranberries, Richard Bruton, Perth Racecourse in Scotland, and by Terry Wogan.

House & Home Magazine


Ireland's Home Interiors & Living


“Kelly is famous for depicting the faces of the humble dairy cow in a way that gives personality and expression to animals that you might not otherwise give a second glance to”.

The Fingal Independent


The comedian Jason Byrne posing with "The Bull McCabe"



The comedian Jason Byrne & Kelly Hood.


Landscape brought to life with humour

“Sure to delight animal lovers, Cows in the Hood will also help fine art aficionados see the beauty in the everyday”.

The Sunday Business Post




Award winning artist. „Kelly Hood, has had a lifelong passion for the subjects she paints and her paintings are prized by her collectors for their mood and atmosphere combined with a technical accuracy that has come from the sensitive attention to detail in her work'.

The Irish Examiner



It’s Picture Perfect

“The use of the art of photo-realism is capturing a worldwide audience for a Dingle-born artist whose work has been snatched up by celebrities such as The Cranberries and Terry Wogan.
Monochrome oil paintings are regularly mistaken for photographs due to the realism and attention to detail in vivid representations of animals, people, landscapes and nature by Kelly Hood .”

The Kerry’s Eye

Kerry's Eye

Life In Monochrome

Artist Kelly Hood is enjoying a meteoric rise, with 2011 being her best year yet. Having already secured a celebrity fanbase (Terry Wogan, Tommy Tiernan and The Cranberries all have original paintings by the young artist).We like this cheekily titled „Gorgeous George'. Check her out at kellyhood.com


Irish Tatler

New painting 'PEEK A MOOH' featured in October 2010 edition of the Irish Tatler


Seattle beckons for West Kerry Artist

“Vivid Images that depict the wonder and beauty of West Kerry, artist Kelly Hood’s paintings are in demand. An invitation received only this week from Art selectors in the US has the artist's head in a spin”.

The Dingle News

Vivid Images that depict the wonder and beauty of West Kerry, artist Kelly Hood’s paintings are in demand. An invitation received only this week from Art selectors in the US has the artist's head in a spin. World wide interest in the artist's work came to a high earlier this year when the she was informed that she was selected in a global search by Seattle’s Irish Heritage Club.

Her work is currently heading to Seattle, Washington, for the 2010 Seattle Irish Festival. The artist will host the biggest of her Exhibits in the U.S, and the exhibition will run at the Seattle Centre Art Gallery from Friday March 12th-17th culminating in a St. Patrick's Day date for Kelly. The Rt. Hon. Desmond Guinness will open the show and this will be the artist's first one-woman show outside of Ireland. "I can’t believe the escalation of interest in my work, this invitation from Seattle is the icing on the cake… this only happens in dreams" said Kelly. It's amazing, and so good that there's so much interest in the wonder and beauty of West Kerry, people will not be allowed to forget it with the likes of me around."

Closer to home, Kelly's work will be on show in both Tralee and Ballyferriter in the near future. 'Elements of Black & White', opening tonight in Artspace @ Reubens at their Ashe Street (Tralee) location, will run for a month. Then, in April, Kelly will also showcase her work at Féile na Cásca - the annual art exhibition in Baile an Fheirteáraigh from April 4th-11th. Kelly's work can also be viewed online at www.kellyhood.com

The Dingle News - March 2010 www.dinglenews.com