Andrew Grassi Kelaher
Andrew Grassi Kelaher is an artist currently based just north of Sydney on the Central Coast of Australia. This is an area with amazing scenery, stunning beaches and fits well with Andrews’s love of surfing, the ocean and paintings inspired by his surrounds.
Being an artist has always been a big part of Andrew Grassi Kelaher’s life. As a child he had paintings exhibited in major Sydney art prizes (of the time) and by his early 20’s he had exhibited in galleries across Australia. Ever since, he has been a full time artist working either on his paintings and exhibitions or becoming involved in other creative projects such as snow sculpture in the Australian ski fields.
Over his career he has held numerous solo shows in commercial galleries, exhibited in group shows in regional galleries and been a finalist or won art prizes on the rare occasions he enters them.
“I was inspired by Brett Whiteley and Arthur Boyd at a young age. I wanted to paint exactly like them. I did initially but I soon gained my own spin on things and while I remain heavily influenced by these two artists I have shifted more into my own style.
Now I look at international artists like Damien Hirst, Takashi Murakami and Gerhard Richter with their strong use of colours, shifting and changing mediums and variations of styles. I like to add some unusual and interesting elements to my own works when I see what artists like these guys do."