Using mixed media on canvas, wood and paper, Kelly Ratchford creates ambiguous images that allude to experiences not necessarily comfortable, easy or tasteful. Her interest in these lonely and anxious states competes with an enthusiasm for colour, street art, humour and the pictures drawn by young children.

It is this tension and the challenge of using simple lines to create more layered images that provide the basis for her work.

Kelly Ratchford
 

Toronto, Canada

BORN

1998BA Fine Art (Painting), Wimbledon School of Art, London, England
1995Foundation in Art and Design, Kingsway College, London, England
1989Master of Social Work, University of Toronto
1986BA Psychology, McGill University, Montreal, Canada

EDUCATION

2017
  • ‘Things Are Going to Slide’, two person exhibition at the Olivier Cornet Gallery, Dublin
  • London Art Fair, Jill George Gallery
  • ‘Elevation’ group show at the Olivier Cornet Gallery, Dublin
2016
  • Art Toronto, Jill George Gallery
  • ‘Republic’, Group show at the Olivier Cornet Gallery, Dublin
  • VUE Art Fair, Royal Hibernian Academy, group show with the Olivier Cornet Gallery, Dublin
  • ‘Autumn Delights’, group show, Jill George Gallery at Coningsby Gallery, London
  • London Art Fair, Jill George Gallery
2015
  • Art Toronto, Jill George Gallery
  • ‘Hopscotch’, group show curated by the Olivier Cornet Gallery
  • VUE Art Fair, Royal Hibernian Academy, group show with the Olivier Cornet Gallery, Dublin
  • ‘5 Cavendish Row’, group show at the Olivier Cornet Gallery, Dublin
  • ‘Salad Days’ Olivier Cornet Gallery, Dublin
  • ‘A Terrible Beauty’, travelling group show curated by the Olivier Cornet Gallery, Octagonal Room, City Assembly House Dublin
  • London Art Fair, Jill George Gallery
  • Imago Mundi, Luciano Benetton Collection, selected for the Irish Collection 2015, www.imagomundiart.com
2014
  • Group Show, Jill George Gallery at Coningsby Gallery, London
  • Toronto International Art Fair, Jill George Gallery
  • London Art Fair, Jill George Gallery
2013
  • ‘More Than This (Part 2)’, Mountmellick Gallery, Co. Laois, Ireland
  • Toronto International Art Fair, Jill George Gallery
  • Eigse Annual Open, Carlow Arts Festival, Ireland
  • ‘Outside In’, Fringe Arts Bath, England
  • London Art Fair, Jill George Gallery, London, England
2012
  • Group Exhibition, Jill George Gallery at Gallery 27, London, England
  • Art Toronto, Jill George Gallery
  • ‘Annual Exhibition’, Royal Ulster Academy, Belfast
  • artMRKT 2012, San Francisco, California
  • ‘Intimate Revolution’, Irish Wave 3, Siemens Art Space, Beijing
  • ‘Positions’, Wandesford Quay Gallery, Cork City, Ireland
  • London Art Fair, Jill George Gallery, London, England
2011
  • Toronto International Art Fair, Jill George Gallery
  • Art Chicago, Jill George Gallery
  • London Art Fair, Jill George Gallery
2010
  • Toronto International Art Fair, Jill George Gallery
  • Summer Show, Jill George Gallery, London, England
  • Art Chicago, Jill George Gallery
  • London Art Fair, Jill George Gallery
2009
  • ‘Noughtie’, Lisburn, Northern Ireland
  • Art Toronto, Jill George Gallery
  • Art Chicago, Jill George Gallery
  • London Art Fair, Jill George Gallery
2008
  • ‘Cabinet’, The Back Loft, Dublin, Ireland
  • ‘Play for Today’, Cavan, Ireland
  • VISIT Open Studios, Pallas, Dublin, Ireland
  • ‘Castle (Squared)’, Ardigallan Castle, Co. Dublin
  • ‘Untold’, Sassoon Gallery, London, England
  • VISIT Open Studios, Pallas, Dublin, Ireland

 

EXHIBITIONS