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Kelly, Felix  

New Zealander, 20th century, male.

Active in Britain from the late 1930s or early 1940s; also active in the USA.

Born 1916, in New Zealand; died 3 July 1994, in Devonshire, England.

Painter, illustrator, set designer, cartoonist, decorator. Landscapes with figures, seascapes, landscapes, murals.

Felix Kelly was born in New Zealand and came to Britain before World War II. He worked in advertising for a time, then took up painting seriously during the war. He also worked in the USA and became known as a painter of country houses in both countries. He painted in a Neo-Romantic style, depicting fantastic landscapes and buildings, both imagined ( ...


Maistre [Mestre], (Lel)Roy [Roi] (Leveson [Leviston] Laurent Joseph) de  

Heather Johnson

(b Bowral, NSW, March 27, 1894; d London, March 1, 1968).

Australian painter and designer. From 1913 to c. 1915 he studied art with Dattilo Rubbo (1870–1955) and music in Sydney. In 1919 he devised a colour–music theory that allied the colours of the spectrum to musical scales and, with fellow artist Roland Wakelin, held an exhibition of eleven paintings and five room designs based on this theory. The paintings, such as Boat Sheds, Berry’s Bay (1919; priv. col., see Johnson, 1988, p. 33), are characterized by simplified forms, large areas of flat paint and heightened, non-representational colour. De Maistre was influenced by international art, but these works are a unique Australian hybrid of Post-Impressionism. Further experiments in 1919 led de Maistre to produce Australia’s first abstract paintings: only one documented example is known—Rhythmic Composition in Yellow Green Minor (1919; Sydney, A.G. NSW). From 1923 to 1925 he was in Europe on a travelling scholarship. On his return to Sydney he held two solo exhibitions at the Macquarie Galleries (...


O'Connor, Kathleen Laetitia  

Australian, 20th century, female.

Born 14 September 1876, in Hokitika, New Zealand; died 24 August 1968, in Perth.

Painter, fabric designer. Still-lifes, interiors with figures, portraits.

Kathleen O'Connor attended Perth Technical School under James Linton. She travelled to Europe with her mother and sister in ...


Proctor, Thea  

Australian, 20th century, female.

Born 2 October 1879, in Armidale (New South Wales); died 29 July 1966, in Potts Point, Sydney.

Watercolourist, engraver (wood), designer, interior designer. Figures, interiors with figures, flowers.

Contemporary Group.

Thea Proctor attended Julian Ashton's Art School from 1896. Here she met George Lambert and Sydney Long and together they produced the short-lived ...


Thompson, Tom  

Australian, 20th century, male.

Born 1923, in Narrabni (New South Wales).

Painter. Wall decorations.

Tom Thompson studied at East Sydney Technical College from 1947 to 1950. He went abroad in 1951 and studied the works of the Italian Renaissance artists. He is mainly known for his wall paintings....