Moira Kelly: Draw the Line


Moira had me when she told me that she knew Jimi Hendrix when she was a teenager in Newcastle.  Nothing to do with art but everything to do with Street Cred.  I've known and admired her for several years and only realized quite recently that I hadn't actually seen her art.  I must have thought I did because I knew how good she was but I hadn't...  She's done several bits of restoration for me--always top notch, we've discussed art--hers and others'--endlessly on train rides into Manhattan together.  I've always known that she is ridiculously talented but nothing could of prepared me for my first visit to her studio to see the work that comprises Draw the Line.  It's striking.  It's warm.  It's regimented.  It's soothing.  It's cheery--I could go on but I'd rather show you it to you in person and let you see what you see.

Born in the North East of England in the 1950s, Moira Kelly studied art history and painting with Richard Hamilton, Joseph Beuys and fellow student, Sean Scully.  She studied art conservation in Germany and Italy before coming to New York City in the 1970s where she developed a practice as an art restorer.

She was the director of two contemporary art galleries in London under the aegis of The Arts Council of Great Britain, before returning to the U.S. to become the director of The Lawndale Art and Performance Center, in Houston.

She now has an independent art and furniture restoration company.

These works exemplify her long-standing interest in textile patterns, bespoke tailoring and fresco.