Born in Glasgow in 1949, Robert Kelsey attended the Glasgow School of Art from 1966 – 1970, studying painting under David Donaldson, James Robertson and Alexander Goudie, and received his Diploma of Art in 1970. A career in art education followed until 1995 when he decided to paint full time. Since then he has been in demand both North and South of the border for solo and group exhibitions.
Collectors of his work include His Grace the Duke of Bedford, The Fleming Collection, Credit Lyonnais, Arisaig parners (Asia) Ltd, Turnberry Hotel, Enterprise Oil, Taylor Woodrow and Paisley Art Gallery and Museum.
Kelsey`s paintings reflect his love of light, colour and the vast beaches and skies of the islands off the West Coast of Scotland, often walking in the footsteps of the famous Scottish Colourists painters such as Peploe. He travels widely in Scotland, the Mediterranean, Suffolk and Cornwall and his recent scenes of London have proved very popular with his collectors.
He has served as an artist member on the councils of the Glasgow Art Club and the Paisley Art Institute, and in 1998 was awarded a diploma from the Paisley Art Institute. In 2009 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. His name appears in the 'Scottish Painters 1600 to the Present' by Paul Harris and Julian Halsby, also in Who’s Who in Art 32nd Edition.
Thompson’s Gallery London 1994-2008
John Martin Gallery London 1996 & 1998
Kranenburg & Fowler Oban 2003
Belloc Lowndes Chicago 1999
Corrymella Scott Newcastle 2000, 2004
Walker Gallery, Harrogate 2003, 2005, 2007
The Paisley Art Institute
The Royal Glasgow Institute
The Royal Institute of Oil Painters
The Royal Scottish Academy
The Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour