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 - A Bank Holiday Walk, Cleveleys

Oil on canvas

12 x 16 ins (30.48 x 40.64 cms)

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Ben Kelly - A Chance Meeting, Nefyn, Llyn Penninsula

Oil on artists board

24 x 18 ins (60.96 x 45.72 cms)

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Ben Kelly - A Cheshire Sunset For Three

Oil on canvas

15 x 15 ins (38.10 x 38.10 cms)

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Ben Kelly - A Coffee Break, Spinningfields

Oil on Board

24 x 20 ins (60.96 x 50.80 cms)

Price: £3,750.00

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Ben Kelly - A Couple In Stripes

Oil on artists board

20 x 16 ins (50.80 x 40.64 cms)

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Ben Kelly - A Dog Thinking

Ben Kelly

A Dog Thinking

Oil on canvas

14 x 18 ins (35.56 x 45.72 cms)

Price: £2,250.00

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Ben Kelly - A Dog Walker

Ben Kelly

A Dog Walker

Oil on canvas

20 x 24 ins (50.80 x 60.96 cms)

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Ben Kelly - A Dog Watching You, Rudyard Lake

Oil on canvas

23.5 x 29.5 ins (59.69 x 74.93 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 New Family Member, Dunham

Oil on artists board

16 x 20 ins (40.64 x 50.80 cms)

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Ben Kelly - A Pink Man With Beach Balls, St Ives

Oil on canvas

14 x 18 ins (35.56 x 45.72 cms)

Price: £2,250.00

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Ben Kelly - A Rescue At Sea

Ben Kelly

A Rescue At Sea

Oil on Board

16 x 20 ins (40.64 x 50.80 cms)

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Ben Kelly - A Sunbather And Friends, St Ives

Oil on canvas

20 x 16 ins (50.80 x 40.64 cms)

Price: £2,950.00

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Ben Kelly - A Sunday Walk On The Moors

Oil on Canvas Board

20 x 24 ins (50.80 x 60.96 cms)

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Ben Kelly - A Surfer and His Cat

Oil on Canvas Board

20 x 24 ins (50.80 x 60.96 cms)

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Ben Kelly - A View To The Beach

Oil on canvas

20 x 24 ins (50.80 x 60.96 cms)

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Ben Kelly - A Walk In The Sun, Alderley Edge

Oil on Canvas Board

30 x 20 ins (76.20 x 50.80 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 - Best Friends

Ben Kelly

Best Friends

Oil on canvas

12 x 16 ins (30.48 x 40.64 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 - Cheshire  Ramblers

Ben Kelly

Cheshire Ramblers

Oil on canvas

12 x 16 ins (30.48 x 40.64 cms)

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Ben Kelly - Coastal Walkers

Ben Kelly

Coastal Walkers

Oil on artists board

16 x 20 ins (40.64 x 50.80 cms)

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Ben Kelly - Dogs Playing, Abersoch

Oil on canvas

14 x 18 ins (35.56 x 45.72 cms)

Price: £2,250.00

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Ben Kelly - Early Evening Stroll, Oxford

Oil on canvas

20 x 24 ins (50.80 x 60.96 cms)

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Ben Kelly - Figure In the Sky ( Man In The Clouds )

Oil on Canvas Board

33 x 23½ ins (83.82 x 59.69 cms)

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Ben Kelly - Four Sunhats, The Lakes

Oil on Board

9 x 12 ins (22.86 x 30.48 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 - It Snowed In The Spring

Oil on canvas

20 x 16 ins (50.80 x 40.64 cms)

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Ben Kelly - Joggers Stretching at Lamaload

Oil on canvas

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 - Kensington Couples

Ben Kelly

Kensington Couples

Oil on canvas

50 x 40 ins (127.00 x 101.60 cms)

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Ben Kelly - Lady In The Park

Ben Kelly

Lady In The Park

Ink and Wash

16½ x 11½ ins (41.91 x 29.21 cms)

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Ben Kelly - Lakeside Lovers

Ben Kelly

Lakeside Lovers

Oil on artists board

12 x 16 ins (30.48 x 40.64 cms)

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Ben Kelly - Llanddwyn Island, Anglesey

Oil on canvas

51 x 63 ins (129.54 x 160.02 cms)

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Ben Kelly - Man Thinking, Llandudno

Oil on Canvas Board

16 x 12 ins (40.64 x 30.48 cms)

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Ben Kelly - Matching Outfits, Newborough Beach

Oil on Canvas Board

16 x 20 ins (40.64 x 50.80 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 - Night Fishermen

Ben Kelly

Night Fishermen

Oil on Canvas Board

20 x 24 ins (50.80 x 60.96 cms)

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Ben Kelly - Night Surfers, Rhosneigr

Oil on Canvas Board

20 x 24 ins (50.80 x 60.96 cms)

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Ben Kelly - Nightwalkers, Abersoch (Cheshire-on-Sea)

Oil on Canvas Board

24 x 20 ins (60.96 x 50.80 cms)

Price: £3,750.00

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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 - Path To Newborough Beach

Oil on canvas

14 x 18 ins (35.56 x 45.72 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 - Riverbank Walk, Oxford

Oil on canvas

23.5 x 33 ins (59.69 x 83.82 cms)

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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 - Saharan Dust Storm, Stalybridge

Oil on Canvas Board

12 x 16 ins (30.48 x 40.64 cms)

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Ben Kelly - Sailing Boats, Lytham

Oil on canvas

14 x 18 ins (35.56 x 45.72 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 - Sea Cats Relaxing

Ben Kelly

Sea Cats Relaxing

Oil on artists board

20 x 24 ins (50.80 x 60.96 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 - Stray Cat Alderley Edge

Oil on Canvasboard

10 x 12 ins (25.40 x 30.48 cms)

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Ben Kelly - Stripes In Spring

Ben Kelly

Stripes In Spring

Oil on canvas

46 x 36 ins (116.84 x 91.44 cms)

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Ben Kelly - Summertime Stroll, Dorset

Oil on Canvas Board

14 x 18 ins (35.56 x 45.72 cms)

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Ben Kelly - Sunday Morning Walk

Oil on artists board

10 x 14 ins (25.40 x 35.56 cms)

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Ben Kelly - Sunhats

Ben Kelly

Sunhats

Oil on canvas

51 x 63 ins (129.54 x 160.02 cms)

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Ben Kelly - Taking Shelter

Ben Kelly

Taking Shelter

Oil on Canvas Board

20 x 24 ins (50.80 x 60.96 cms)

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Ben Kelly - The Abersoch Snowstorm

Oil on Canvas Board

24 x 18 ins (60.96 x 45.72 cms)

Price: £3,350.00

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Ben Kelly - The Adventurers

Ben Kelly

The Adventurers

Oil on Canvas Board

24 x 20 ins (60.96 x 50.80 cms)

Price: £3,750.00

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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 Watch, Holland Park, London

Oil on Canvas Board

24 x 20 ins (60.96 x 50.80 cms)

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Ben Kelly - The Blue Dog

Ben Kelly

The Blue Dog

Oil on canvas

51¼ x 63¼ ins (130.18 x 160.66 cms)

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Ben Kelly - The Castaways

Ben Kelly

The Castaways

Oil on Canvas Board

20 x 24 ins (50.80 x 60.96 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 Cold Cold Donkey

Oil on canvas

18 x 14 ins (45.72 x 35.56 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)

Price: £3,750.00

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Ben Kelly - The Couples, Hare Hill

Oil on artists board

30 x 20 ins (76.20 x 50.80 cms)

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Ben Kelly - The Family Day Out, Ullswater

Oil on artists board

25 x 30 ins (63.50 x 76.20 cms)

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Ben Kelly - The First Day Of Summertime, Anglesey

Oil on canvas

16 x 20 ins (40.64 x 50.80 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 Garden, Sunday Afternoon

Oil on Canvas Board

33 x 23½ ins (83.82 x 59.69 cms)

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Ben Kelly - The Golfers, Morfa Nefyn

Oil on artists board

20 x 24 ins (50.80 x 60.96 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 Itchy Horse

Ben Kelly

The Itchy Horse

Oil on Canvas Board

20 x 30 ins (50.80 x 76.20 cms)

Price: £4,600.00

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Ben Kelly - The Long Kiss

Ben Kelly

The Long Kiss

Oil on canvas

51 x 63 ins (129.54 x 160.02 cms)

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Ben Kelly - The Lookout

Ben Kelly

The Lookout

Oil on Canvas Board

14 x 18 ins (35.56 x 45.72 cms)

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Ben Kelly - The Lost Red Dog

Ben Kelly

The Lost Red Dog

Oil on artists board

20 x 24 ins (50.80 x 60.96 cms)

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Ben Kelly - The Lovers, Derwentwater

Oil on Canvas Board

12 x 16 ins (30.48 x 40.64 cms)

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Ben Kelly - The New Year's Day Walk

Oil on Canvasboard

20 x 24 ins (50.80 x 60.96 cms)

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Ben Kelly - The Newborn Baby

Ben Kelly

The Newborn Baby

Oil on canvas

20 x 24 ins (50.80 x 60.96 cms)

Price: £3,750.00

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Ben Kelly - The Onlookers

Ben Kelly

The Onlookers

Oil on canvas

20 x 24 ins (50.80 x 60.96 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 Procession

Ben Kelly

The Procession

Oil on Canvas Board

20 x 24 ins (50.80 x 60.96 cms)

Price: £3,750.00

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Ben Kelly - The Red Sail Boat

Ben Kelly

The Red Sail Boat

Oil on artists board

16 x 20 ins (40.64 x 50.80 cms)

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Ben Kelly - The Regatta,  Portscatho

Oil on artists board

25 x 30 ins (63.50 x 76.20 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 Sail Boat Race

Ben Kelly

The Sail Boat Race

Oil on canvas

51 x 63 ins (129.54 x 160.02 cms)

Price: £13,500.00

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Ben Kelly - The Sailing Club, Rock, Cornwall

Oil on artists board

25 x 30 ins (63.50 x 76.20 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 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 Sun Hat

Ben Kelly

The Sun Hat

Oil on canvas

20 x 16 ins (50.80 x 40.64 cms)

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Ben Kelly - The Sunbathers, Salcombe

Oil on canvas

36 x 46 ins (91.44 x 116.84 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 Traveller

Ben Kelly

The Traveller

Oil on artists board

30 x 20 ins (76.20 x 50.80 cms)

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Ben Kelly - The Truffle Hunters

Oil on canvas

48 x 38 ins (121.92 x 96.52 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)

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Ben Kelly - The Willow Trees,  Oxford

Oil on canvas

20 x 16 ins (50.80 x 40.64 cms)

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Ben Kelly - The Wrong Attire , Newborough

Oil on canvas

12 x 16 ins (30.48 x 40.64 cms)

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Ben Kelly - Three Devon Sea Dogs

Oil on artists board

10 x 12 ins (25.40 x 30.48 cms)

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Ben Kelly - Three Dogs Jumping

Ben Kelly

Three Dogs Jumping

Oil on canvas

25 x 30 ins (63.50 x 76.20 cms)

Price: £5,700.00

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Ben Kelly - Three Friends, English Riviera

Oil on canvas

16 x 12 ins (40.64 x 30.48 cms)

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Ben Kelly - To The Beach

Ben Kelly

To The Beach

Oil on canvas

40 x 30 ins (101.60 x 76.20 cms)

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Ben Kelly - Two Brothers , Dunham Massey

Oil on artists board

25 x 30 ins (63.50 x 76.20 cms)

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Ben Kelly - Two Conversations Newborough Beach , Anglesey

Oil on canvas

30 x 40 ins (76.20 x 101.60 cms)

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Ben Kelly - Two Dogs In Blankets

Oil on Canvas Board

20 x 24 ins (50.80 x 60.96 cms)

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Ben Kelly - Two Friends, Stamford Park

Oil on Canvas Board

18 x 14 ins (45.72 x 35.56 cms)

Price: £2,250.00

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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 - Under The Blossom Tree

Oil on Canvas Board

20 x 24 ins (50.80 x 60.96 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 - Whistling Winds, Perranporth

Oil on Canvas Board

16 x 20 ins (40.64 x 50.80 cms)

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Ben Kelly - White Nancy Walkers

Oil on Canvasboard

20 x 24 ins (50.80 x 60.96 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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Tues - Sat 10.00am - 5.30 pm
All other times by appointment

Contact

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155, Ashley Road, Hale
Cheshire, WA14 2UW

Tel: +44 (0)161 929 5150
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Email: art@clark-art.co.uk