John Kelly, Irish painter and printmaker, 1932-2006

Press Cuttings Pictures of Incidents of the Passion

John Kelly, who is showing pictures the Ritchie Hendriks Gallery, 3, St. Stephen’s Green, is a young painter, original and full of promise.

His work depicts religious themes and it is the incidents of the Passion of Christ which inspire him most profoundly. With a wonderful sense of colour he records, spontaneously, his reactions to the various incidents and it is obvious that they are the result of much meditation on his chosen subjects.

There is sincerity about these paintings and each is notable for vitality, though not all completely satisfy as paintings, as there are times when draughtsmanship fails somewhat.

Pictures specially worth noting include “The Crucifixion”, “The Washing of the Feet”, “Adoration of the Magi”, “No Room at the Inn” and “The Via Dolorosa”.

This is an exhibition which everyone should see.

M.J.G., The Evening Mail, 04/05.1957