Ben Kelly b 1974

Macclesfield based artist Ben Kelly was born in central Manchester in 1974. He is now nothing short of a phenomenon. Each exhibition he's held has sold out before opening and his main dealers have waiting lists running into three figures. No sooner is a painting finished than it finds a home.

Collectors desperate for his work are paying more than double to buy his paintings on the secondary market.

He trained at London's renowned Central St Martins College, and despite his great success as an artist he still works as a senior art lecturer at a Midlands' university - this despite the pleas of his dealers that he should paint full-time.

In 2006 his painting The Final Whistle beat over 800 entrants to win the prestigious Football Painting in Art Prize and £15,000 in prize money. The previous winner of this competition was L.S. Lowry in 1953 with his iconic painting Going to the Match. This set a new work record for a Lowry painting when it was bought by the PFA in 1999 for £1.9 million.

Ben Kelly is a fanatical Manchester City supporter and he was artist in residence during the 2007/2008 season. During this period he produced a series of 30 paintings depicting a year in the life of the club at their home ground. A dream job. The completed works were shown in his Painting the Blues exhibition held at the club's museum in February 2009. A painting from this period was recently purchased by the National Football Museum, his first sale to a public collection.

His quirky figurative paintings always carry a narrative and quite often feature people, dogs and horses and gatherings of ordinary life. But to suggest they are simple paintings is to overlook his great technical skill, a fact recognised by his fellow artists.

Ben's paintings are essentially about light and its play on everyday scenes. The way in which he fractures light in a complex series of paint layers is the defining and recognisable mark of his work. His oils are amongst the most technically accomplished of any artist practicing in Britain today.

His 2011 show entitled Looters and Other Stories sold out weeks before its official opening and shows that the artist is not afraid to tackle subjects that others might shy away from. This extraordinary series of paintings examined the Manchester City Centre riots in 2011, deftly and with great humour. He seemed to see through the disorder to recognise that the riot was little more than one of the gatherings that he has spent much of his career depicting.

His largest one man show to date was held at Clark Art Gallery in Hale in September 2014. The 95 works in the show sold out a month before the opening making it the fastest selling show ever held in the gallery. There is now a waiting list for this artist's work.

He has also exhibited at the Lowry Centre, the Lady Lever Art Gallery, The National Football Museum and the University of Salford. He is in numerous private collections including that of the Turner Prize winning artist Mark Wallinger and interior designer David Carter. He is also in the collection of the National Football Museum.

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Ben Kelly - 3 Dogs

Ben Kelly

3 Dogs

Oil on artists board

8 x 10 ins (20.32 x 25.40 cms)

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Ben Kelly - 3 Dogs Longford Park Stretford

Mixed Media on Paper

11¾ x 8¼ ins (29.85 x 20.96 cms)

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Ben Kelly - A Black Cat

Ben Kelly

A Black Cat

Mixed Media on Paper

8¼ x 5¼ ins (20.96 x 13.34 cms)

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Ben Kelly - A Conversation

Ben Kelly

A Conversation

Oil on artists board

20 x 24 ins (50.80 x 60.96 cms)

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Ben Kelly - A Couple Holding Hands, Spinningfields

Oil on canvas

44 x 54 ins (111.76 x 137.16 cms)

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Ben Kelly - A Long Lost Brother

Oil on Canvasboard

20 x 24 ins (50.80 x 60.96 cms)

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Ben Kelly - A Lost Golf Ball

Ben Kelly

A Lost Golf Ball

Oil on artists board

20 x 24 ins (50.80 x 60.96 cms)

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Ben Kelly - A Walk Together

Ben Kelly

A Walk Together

Pen and Ink

5½ x 8 ins (13.97 x 20.32 cms)

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Ben Kelly - A Woodland Garden

Ben Kelly

A Woodland Garden

Oil on artists board

16 x 20 ins (40.64 x 50.80 cms)

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Ben Kelly - Alexandra Park Walkers, Moss Side

Mixed Media on Paper

11¼ x 16½ ins (28.58 x 41.91 cms)

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Ben Kelly - Arndale Exchange

Ben Kelly

Arndale Exchange

Oil on Canvasboard

24 x 18 ins (60.96 x 45.72 cms)

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Ben Kelly - Beach Huts

Ben Kelly

Beach Huts

Oil on artists board

10 x 12 ins (25.40 x 30.48 cms)

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Ben Kelly - Blizzard

Ben Kelly

Blizzard

Oil on artists board

16 x 12 ins (40.64 x 30.48 cms)

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Ben Kelly - Busted Flush, Central Park, New York

Pen and Ink

16.5 x 11.75 ins (41.91 x 29.85 cms)

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Ben Kelly - City - Night, After Work

Mixed Media on Paper

11½ x 16½ ins (29.21 x 41.91 cms)

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Ben Kelly - City Shoppers

Ben Kelly

City Shoppers

Mixed Media

11.5 x 16 ins (29.21 x 40.64 cms)

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Ben Kelly - Dog Thinking

Ben Kelly

Dog Thinking

Oil on Board

12 x 9 ins (30.48 x 22.86 cms)

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Ben Kelly - Dog Waiting

Ben Kelly

Dog Waiting

Oil on artists board

5 x 7 ins (12.70 x 17.78 cms)

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Ben Kelly - Football's Coming Home - Urbis

Oil on canvas

27½ x 18 ins (69.85 x 45.72 cms)

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Ben Kelly - Foragers

Ben Kelly

Foragers

Mixed Media

11½ x 8¼ ins (29.21 x 20.96 cms)

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Ben Kelly - Formby Couple

Ben Kelly

Formby Couple

Oil on Board

12 x 9 ins (30.48 x 22.86 cms)

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Ben Kelly - Four Friends

Ben Kelly

Four Friends

Oil on Board

12 x 9 ins (30.48 x 22.86 cms)

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Ben Kelly - Fun On The Beach

Ben Kelly

Fun On The Beach

Oil on Canvasboard

5 x 7 ins (12.70 x 17.78 cms)

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Ben Kelly - Happy Days, Whitworth Park

Oil on Board

16 x 20 ins (40.64 x 50.80 cms)

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Ben Kelly - Just Do it

Ben Kelly

Just Do it

Oil on Board

24 x 24 ins (60.96 x 60.96 cms)

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Ben Kelly - LLandudno Dogs

Ben Kelly

LLandudno Dogs

Oil on artists board

10 x 12 ins (25.40 x 30.48 cms)

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Ben Kelly - Lambs at Lamalode

Ben Kelly

Lambs at Lamalode

Oil on artists board

16 x 12 ins (40.64 x 30.48 cms)

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Ben Kelly - Liverpool 9 am

Ben Kelly

Liverpool 9 am

Mixed Media on Paper

11.5 x 8.25 ins (29.21 x 20.96 cms)

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Ben Kelly - Longford Park Stretford

Mixed Media on Paper

8¼ x 11¾ ins (20.96 x 29.85 cms)

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Ben Kelly - Lost Ball*

Ben Kelly

Lost Ball*

Oil on canvas

18 x 18 ins (45.72 x 45.72 cms)

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Ben Kelly - New Years Eve

Ben Kelly

New Years Eve

Oil on canvas

12 x 12 ins (30.48 x 30.48 cms)

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Ben Kelly - New York, A Gift, Union Square

Oil on artists board

33 x 23.25 ins (83.82 x 59.06 cms)

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Ben Kelly - Night Beach Walkers

Ink and Wash

5 x 7.5 ins (12.70 x 19.05 cms)

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Ben Kelly - Park Walkers

Ben Kelly

Park Walkers

Mixed Media on Paper

8 x 5½ ins (20.32 x 13.97 cms)

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Ben Kelly - Peace & Quiet

Ben Kelly

Peace & Quiet

Oil on canvas

44 x 54 ins (111.76 x 137.16 cms)

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Ben Kelly - Rain Stopped Play

Ben Kelly

Rain Stopped Play

Oil on Board

18 x 24 ins (45.72 x 60.96 cms)

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Ben Kelly - Ready to Sail

Ben Kelly

Ready to Sail

Oil on canvas

44 x 54 ins (111.76 x 137.16 cms)

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Ben Kelly - Richard Dunne Leads the Troops into Battle

Oil on Board

12 x 16 ins (30.48 x 40.64 cms)

Price: £2,900.00

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Ben Kelly - Rush Hour

Ben Kelly

Rush Hour

Oil on Board

20 x 20 ins (50.80 x 50.80 cms)

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Ben Kelly - Sailing Boats

Ben Kelly

Sailing Boats

Oil on artists board

20 x 24 ins (50.80 x 60.96 cms)

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Ben Kelly - Sailors

Ben Kelly

Sailors

Oil on Canvasboard

16 x 12 ins (40.64 x 30.48 cms)

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Ben Kelly - Saturday Morning, Fletcher Moss

Oil on artists board

20 x 24 ins (50.80 x 60.96 cms)

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Ben Kelly - Sefton Park Stand Off

Oil on canvas

44 x 54 ins (111.76 x 137.16 cms)

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Ben Kelly - Seven Brothers

Ben Kelly

Seven Brothers

Oil on Canvasboard

16 x 20 ins (40.64 x 50.80 cms)

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Ben Kelly - Snow Falling, St James's Park, London

Oil on Board

23.25 x 33 ins (59.06 x 83.82 cms)

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Ben Kelly - Snow Storm

Ben Kelly

Snow Storm

Oil on artists board

16 x 20 ins (40.64 x 50.80 cms)

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Ben Kelly - Spinningfields Sale

Oil on Board

24 x 18 ins (60.96 x 45.72 cms)

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Ben Kelly - Stay

Ben Kelly

Stay

Oil on artists board

18 x 24 ins (45.72 x 60.96 cms)

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Ben Kelly - Stray Cat Alderley Edge

Oil on Canvasboard

10 x 12 ins (25.40 x 30.48 cms)

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Ben Kelly - Sunday Afternoon

Ben Kelly

Sunday Afternoon

Oil on artists board

16 x 12 ins (40.64 x 30.48 cms)

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Ben Kelly - Sunday Morning Walk

Oil on artists board

10 x 14 ins (25.40 x 35.56 cms)

Price: £1,500.00

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Ben Kelly - Surfers Study, Rhosneigr

Oil on artists board

12 x 16 ins (30.48 x 40.64 cms)

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Ben Kelly - The Animal Lovers

Ben Kelly

The Animal Lovers

Oil on artists board

10 x 12 ins (25.40 x 30.48 cms)

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Ben Kelly - The Big Yellow Sun Hat

Oil on Canvasboard

10 x 12 ins (25.40 x 30.48 cms)

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Ben Kelly - The Black Cat

Ben Kelly

The Black Cat

Mixed Media on Paper

16.5 x 17.5 ins (41.91 x 44.45 cms)

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Ben Kelly - The Cold Blue Dog

Ben Kelly

The Cold Blue Dog

Oil on canvas

15 x 15 ins (38.10 x 38.10 cms)

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Ben Kelly - The Concert Central Park

Oil on artists board

24 x 20 ins (60.96 x 50.80 cms)

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Ben Kelly - The Family, Llandudno

Oil on Board

20 x 24 ins (50.80 x 60.96 cms)

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Ben Kelly - The Fishermen

Ben Kelly

The Fishermen

Oil on Board

16 x 20 ins (40.64 x 50.80 cms)

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Ben Kelly - The Girl with Big Hair

Oil on canvas

54 x 63 ins (137.16 x 160.02 cms)

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Ben Kelly - The Huddle

Ben Kelly

The Huddle

Oil on Canvasboard

10 x 12 ins (25.40 x 30.48 cms)

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Ben Kelly - The Kiss

Ben Kelly

The Kiss

Ink and Wash

5 x 7.5 ins (12.70 x 19.05 cms)

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Ben Kelly - The Lake

Ben Kelly

The Lake

Oil on canvas

26¼ x 30 ins (66.68 x 76.20 cms)

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Ben Kelly - The Last Game of The Season

Oil on canvas

51 x 63 ins (129.54 x 160.02 cms)

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Ben Kelly - The Lost Paddle

Ben Kelly

The Lost Paddle

Oil on Board

16 x 20 ins (40.64 x 50.80 cms)

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Ben Kelly - The Paddle Boarder

Ben Kelly

The Paddle Boarder

Oil on artists board

16 x 40 ins (40.64 x 101.60 cms)

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Ben Kelly - The Park Cat

Ben Kelly

The Park Cat

Mixed Media on Paper

5¼ x 8¼ ins (13.34 x 20.96 cms)

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Ben Kelly - The Park Sunbathers

Oil on canvas

36 x 42 ins (91.44 x 106.68 cms)

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Ben Kelly - The Patrol

Ben Kelly

The Patrol

Oil on Canvasboard

12 x 10 ins (30.48 x 25.40 cms)

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Ben Kelly - The Patrol Tent

Ben Kelly

The Patrol Tent

Oil on Canvasboard

7 x 5 ins (17.78 x 12.70 cms)

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Ben Kelly - The River Bank Lovers, Oxford

Oil on Canvasboard

10 x 12 ins (25.40 x 30.48 cms)

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Ben Kelly - The Seafarers

Ben Kelly

The Seafarers

Oil on Canvasboard

20 x 24 ins (50.80 x 60.96 cms)

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Ben Kelly - The Secret Cove

Ben Kelly

The Secret Cove

Oil on canvas

40 x 48 ins (101.60 x 121.92 cms)

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Ben Kelly - The Skier

Ben Kelly

The Skier

Oil on Board

16 x 24 ins (40.64 x 60.96 cms)

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Ben Kelly - The Spotty Dog

Ben Kelly

The Spotty Dog

Oil on Canvasboard

14 x 10 ins (35.56 x 25.40 cms)

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Ben Kelly - The Start

Ben Kelly

The Start

Oil on artists board

12 x 16 ins (30.48 x 40.64 cms)

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Ben Kelly - The Storm And A Small Umberella

Oil on Board

18 x 12 ins (45.72 x 30.48 cms)

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Ben Kelly - The Stripey Cat

Ben Kelly

The Stripey Cat

Oil on artists board

12 x 10 ins (30.48 x 25.40 cms)

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Ben Kelly - The Surfs Up

Ben Kelly

The Surfs Up

Oil on artists board

18 x 24 ins (45.72 x 60.96 cms)

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Ben Kelly - The Triumphant Return

Oil on canvas

40 x 50 ins (101.60 x 127.00 cms)

P.O.A.

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Ben Kelly - The Watchers Spinningfields

Oil on artists board

24 x 20 ins (60.96 x 50.80 cms)

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Ben Kelly - The White Dog

Ben Kelly

The White Dog

Mixed Media on Paper

8 x 5.5 ins (20.32 x 13.97 cms)

Price: £395.00

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Ben Kelly - The Winter Sales

Ben Kelly

The Winter Sales

Oil on artists board

24 x 20 ins (60.96 x 50.80 cms)

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Ben Kelly - Three Boys

Ben Kelly

Three Boys

Oil on artists board

5 x 7 ins (12.70 x 17.78 cms)

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Ben Kelly - Three Snowballs

Ben Kelly

Three Snowballs

Oil on canvas

18.5 x 27.75 ins (46.99 x 70.49 cms)

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Ben Kelly - Together Early Morning

Oil on artists board

24 x 20 ins (60.96 x 50.80 cms)

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Ben Kelly - Two Men, Two Dogs

Ben Kelly

Two Men, Two Dogs

Oil on canvas

15 x 15 ins (38.10 x 38.10 cms)

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Ben Kelly - Two Red Dogs

Ben Kelly

Two Red Dogs

Oil on canvas

36 x 42 ins (91.44 x 106.68 cms)

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Ben Kelly - Walkers

Ben Kelly

Walkers

Oil on artists board

10 x 8 ins (25.40 x 20.32 cms)

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Ben Kelly - Which Way Home

Ben Kelly

Which Way Home

Oil on Board

8 x 10 ins (20.32 x 25.40 cms)

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Ben Kelly - Winter Surfers

Ben Kelly

Winter Surfers

Oil on canvas

44 x 54 ins (111.76 x 137.16 cms)

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Ben Kelly - Winter Surfers

Ben Kelly

Winter Surfers

Oil on canvas

44 x 54 ins (111.76 x 137.16 cms)

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Ben Kelly - Yellow Hats

Ben Kelly

Yellow Hats

Oil on Board

16 x 20 ins (40.64 x 50.80 cms)

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Opening Times
Tues - Sat 10.00am - 5.30 pm
All other times by appointment

Contact

Clark Art Ltd
155, Ashley Road, Hale
Cheshire, WA14 2UW

Tel: +44 (0)161 929 5150
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