Deborah Kelly is an established artist whose works have been included in the Biennales of Singapore, Venice, Thessaloniki, Tarra Warra and Sydney.
Her solo and collaborative works have been shown in galleries, streets, villages and cinemas around the world. Kelly’s paper collages are extremely fine and expose the representation of women in art, bridging historical and contemporary art.
Her work is held in numerous important collections, including the Art Gallery of NSW; National Gallery of Australia; Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art; Artbank; Wellcome Trust, UK; Centre for the Study of Political Graphics (Los Angeles); University of Wollongong; Royal Institution of Australia, SA; Museum of Contemporary Art Australia; Museum Victoria; State Library of Victoria; Campbelltown Arts Centre, NSW; Ballarat Regional Art Gallery, VIC; Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, NSW and the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives Poster Collection, Melbourne. She is also the recipient of several awards, including the National Works on Paper Acquisition Award, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, VIC, Albury Art Prize, NSW, and the Fisher's Ghost Art Award, Campbelltown Arts Centre, NSW.
2021: 'The National', MCA, Sydney; Fivex Art Prize, Finalist, Melbourne; National Works on Paper Award, Finalist; 'Cut it! Collage to Meme', QAGOMA, Brisbane; '20/20: 40 years of Contemporary Australian Art', Artbank, Sydney; 'Cabinets of Art', Fabian and Claude Walter Galerie, Zurich.
2020: Bushfire Relief Art Auction, National Art School, Sydney
2019: Rococolonial, artist-initiated project and exhibition, Hazelhurst Arts Centre, NSW
2018: Wellcome Trust, UK, acquisition of 'No Human Being is Illegal (in all our glory)' (2014); Scientia Scholarship, UNSW; Noosa Regional Gallery, artist residency; Bankstown Arts Centre, artist residency; Bundanon Trust, artist residency
2016 -2017: Spaced 3 Nordic, artist residency
2016: Art Gallery of New South Wales acquisition of ‘Venus Variations’ (2015), ‘Beastliness’ (2012) and 'LYING WOMEN' (2016)
2016: National Works on Paper Acquisition Award, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, VIC