John F. Kelly  b. Ballinagore, Co. W.. 1921
Pierrot/John Molloy by John F. Kelly
© Estate of John F. Kelly, Photograph © John Kellett/Drogheda Borough Council
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Oil on Canvas
Dimensions: 87 x 100 cm
Permanent Catalogue No. DMAC 0017
Status: In Conservation
Provenance: Presented by the Thomas Haverty Trust, 1962.

John F. Kelly was born in Ballinagore, Co. Westmeath. He studied at the National College of Art, Dublin, and at the Academia di Belle Arte, Florence, and in Madrid, on Italian and Spanish Government workshops. He taught in the National College of Art and Design (NCAD), Dublin, was Professor of Painting there from 1969 until retirement in 1985. He was elected to the Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA) IN 1959 and was on the Board of Governors of the National Gallery of Ireland (NGI) during the 1960s and 1970s. From 1960 to 1978, he became a Keeper of the RHA.

He painted many portraits of persons in public, business and private life. This portrait of his friend and neighbour, the actor, John Molloy, in Pierrot costume, is signed by O'Kelly but he was better known as Kelly and preferred it thus.
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