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Painter, Illustrator, b. 1916 - d. 1994

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      • Felix Kelly,  Orangery, Pavlovsk, 1971; 
        Nov. 29, 2023

        Felix Kelly,  Orangery, Pavlovsk, 1971; 

        Est: £5,000 - £8,000

        Felix Kelly,  New Zealand/British 1914-1994 -  Orangery, Pavlovsk, 1971;  oil on board, signed and dated lower right 'Felix Kelly 71', 56 x 71 cm (ARR)  Provenance:  Arthur Tooth & Sons, Ltd., London, C7871 (label attached to the reverse of the frame);  private collection, purchased from the above and thence by descent  Exhibited:  Arthur Tooth & Sons, Ltd., London, 'Recent Paintings of Russia', 19th October - 6th November 1971, cat. no.16 illus.  Note:  In the present work, Kelly brings out the Surreal quality of the Orangery and its grounds, with its Classical figures making the work reminiscent of Giorgio di Chirico's metaphysical style. For Robert Harling, writing in the Arthur Tooth & Sons catalogue, these works evoke a 'heady excitement' and the 'quality which made the tales of Tolstoy, Turgeniev, Chekov so haunting and memorable to my youth'.  initially influenced by the work of the Surrealists, Felix Kelly became celebrated for his book cover designs, particularly for ghost stories including Faber and Faber's Best Horror Stories (1957) and Best Tales of Terror (1962), as well as for Haunted Houses (1956) by Joseph Braddock.  The artist held his first one-man exhibition at Lefevre Gallery in 1943, which was highly acclaimed and lead to Herbert Read buying a work and writing the introduction to his next catalogue. 

        Roseberys
      • Felix Kelly, Drifter and Paddle Steamer;
        Nov. 23, 2023

        Felix Kelly, Drifter and Paddle Steamer;

        Est: £300 - £500

        Felix Kelly, British 1914-1994, Drifter and Paddle Steamer; signed and dated 46 in the plate, printed at the Baynard press for School prints ltd, image: 41.5 x 68.5 cm, (framed) (ARR)

        Roseberys
      • Felix Kelly. 1964. "Hawksmoors Mausoleum Castle Howard". Castle grounds with figures carrying umbrellas. Oil on board. Signed and dated lower right. Framed. Arthur Tooth & Sons London label on reverse. Sight: 17 x 22i...
        Nov. 12, 2023

        Felix Kelly. 1964. "Hawksmoors Mausoleum Castle Howard". Castle grounds with figures carrying umbrellas. Oil on board. Signed and dated lower right. Framed. Arthur Tooth & Sons London label on reverse. Sight: 17 x 22i...

        Est: $2,500 - $3,000

        Felix Kelly. 1964. "Hawksmoors Mausoleum Castle Howard". Castle grounds with figures carrying umbrellas. Oil on board. Signed and dated lower right. Framed. Arthur Tooth & Sons London label on reverse. Sight: 17 x 22in. Overall: 25 x 30in. Mildew damage to frame.

        Tremont Auctions
      • FELIX KELLY, New Zealand 1916-1994, "Beginning of the Restoration (Caprice)", 1969, oil on masonite, 22 x 28 inches (55.9 x 71.1 cm.), Frame: 29 1/2 x 35 3/4 in. (74.9 x 90.8 cm.)
        Oct. 26, 2023

        FELIX KELLY, New Zealand 1916-1994, "Beginning of the Restoration (Caprice)", 1969, oil on masonite, 22 x 28 inches (55.9 x 71.1 cm.), Frame: 29 1/2 x 35 3/4 in. (74.9 x 90.8 cm.)

        Est: $3,000 - $5,000

        FELIX KELLY New Zealand, 1916-1994 "Beginning of the Restoration (Caprice)", 1969 oil on masonite signed and dated lower right "Felix Kelly 69", titled on the reverse

        Shannon's
      • FELIX KELLY (1914-1994) Lower Soar Farm, South Devon oil on paper 9 x 11 ¼
        Oct. 19, 2023

        FELIX KELLY (1914-1994) Lower Soar Farm, South Devon oil on paper 9 x 11 ¼

        Est: £5,000 - £8,000

        FELIX KELLY (1914-1994) Lower Soar Farm, South Devon oil on paper 9 x 11 ¼ in. (22.8 x 28.5 cm.)

        Christie's
      • Kelly (Felix, 1914-1994). The Abbey
        Oct. 18, 2023

        Kelly (Felix, 1914-1994). The Abbey

        Est: £1,500 - £2,000

        Kelly (Felix, 1914-1994). The Abbey AR * Kelly (Felix, 1914-1994). The Abbey, oil on board, depicting the shadowy figures of nuns in pale habits before a monumental stone building with gothic tracery windows, towers, and pinnacles, a knarled tree in the foreground left-hand side, signed lower right, some light spotting and marks, with Windsor & Newton printed label on verso, 57 x 72.5 cm (22 1/2 x 28 1/2 ins), framed (71.8 x 87.2 cm) QTY: (1) NOTE: Provenance: W. A. Foyle; Christopher Foyle, Beeleigh Abbey.

        Dominic Winter Auctions
      • Felix Kelly (English, 1916-1994), 'Prior Park, Bath', oil on board, 27.5 x 37.5cm
        Oct. 03, 2023

        Felix Kelly (English, 1916-1994), 'Prior Park, Bath', oil on board, 27.5 x 37.5cm

        Est: £2,000 - £3,000

        § Felix Kelly (English, 1916-1994) 'Prior Park, Bath' oil on board signed, Lefevre Gallery label verso

        Gorringes
      • Felix Runcie Kelly (British, 1914-1994)
        Sep. 08, 2023

        Felix Runcie Kelly (British, 1914-1994)

        Est: $10,000 - $15,000

        Felix Runcie Kelly (British, 1914-1994), "3604 Spring Hill Avenue", 1967, oil on masonite, signed and dated lower right, signed and inscribed en verso, "Kennedy Galleries, New York, NY" and "The R.W. Norton Art Gallery, Shreveport, LA" labels en verso, 36 in. x 54 in., framed, overall 43 1/4 in. x 64 1/4 in. x 2 3/4 in.Exh.: "Felix Kelly: A Romantic Realist", The R.W. Norton Art Gallery, Shreveport, LA, Apr. 16 - May 14, 1972. Note: Born in New Zealand in 1914, Felix Runcie Kelly moved to London in 1935 and never returned to the place of his birth. In England, Kelly became a graphic artist at an advertising agency until the outbreak of World War II, when he enlisted in the Royal Air Force. Following the war, his artistic focus shifted to book and magazine illustration and painting. Kelly was heavily influenced by the Surrealists early in his painting career, and this impact can be seen in many of his works of the 1940s. Kelly regularly received commissions to paint portraits of grand houses and estates, and he often included small surrealist aspects to add an otherworldly appearance to the subjects. However, Kelly recognized that his commissions were more popular when depicting a home in a romantic and nostalgic manner rather than a surreal one, and he shifted his painting style to accommodate the preference of his patrons, wealthy homeowners from the United States and Great Britian. An exhibit at The R. W. Norton Art Gallery in Shreveport, Louisiana in 1972 included the considerable canvas offered here and was entitled “Felix Kelly: A Romantic Realist,” further alluding to the romantic yet realistic style for which Kelly became most known. “3604 Spring Hill Avenue” of Mobile, Alabama is a masterwork of the artist’s southern scenes with a classic moss-draped oak, inviting lawn chairs and abundant foliage.

        Neal Auction Company
      • Felix Kelly - Castlehyde House
        Jul. 16, 2023

        Felix Kelly - Castlehyde House

        Est: $3,000 - $5,000

        Felix Runcie Kelly (1914, New Zealand-1994, Devon England). Castlehyde House. Oil on board, signed "Felix Kelly 54" (21.625 x 27.75 inches). Frame; H: 30.25 in., W: 36.375 in., D: 2.5 in. Castlehyde is a townland and estate located in County Cork, Ireland. The manor house, Castlehyde House, was built in about 1801 by the architect Hargrave of Cork, for John Hyde, MP. Douglas Hyde, founder of the Gaelic League and first Irish president, was a descendent of the family. It is now owned by the Irish musician and dancer Michael Flatley, who created Riverdance, Lord of the Dance, Feet of Flames and Celtic Tiger Live.

        Devin Moisan Auctioneers, Inc.
      • Felix Kelly (British, 1914-1994) Pyrton Manor, Oxfordshire
        Jul. 12, 2023

        Felix Kelly (British, 1914-1994) Pyrton Manor, Oxfordshire

        Est: £3,000 - £5,000

        Felix Kelly (British, 1914-1994) Pyrton Manor, Oxfordshire signed and dated 'Felix Kelly 73' (lower right) oil on board 54.5 x 70cm (21 7/16 x 27 9/16in).

        Bonhams
      • λ FELIX KELLY (BRITISH 1914-1994), FIGURES IN A STREET
        Oct. 19, 2022

        λ FELIX KELLY (BRITISH 1914-1994), FIGURES IN A STREET

        Est: £1,500 - £2,000

        λ FELIX KELLY (BRITISH 1914-1994)FIGURES IN A STREETGouacheSigned and dated 43 (lower right)31 x 37.5cm (12 x 14¾ in.)Provenance:Veronica Flint-Shipman, Private Collection (acquired directly from the artist)By descentSale, Christie's Online, 23 November 2018, lot 377

        Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
      • Felix Kelly (British, 1914-1994) Sketch for the Opera Nelson, Act III, Scene 1
        Jul. 13, 2022

        Felix Kelly (British, 1914-1994) Sketch for the Opera Nelson, Act III, Scene 1

        Est: £800 - £1,200

        Felix Kelly (British, 1914-1994) Sketch for the Opera Nelson, Act III, Scene 1 signed 'Felix Kelly' (lower right) gouache on paper 15.5 x 22cm (6 1/8 x 8 11/16in). For further information on this lot please visit the Bonhams website

        Bonhams
      • † Felix Kelly (1914-1994) New Zealand / British, ‘View of the Channel Islands’, oil on board, signed to lower right corner, 42 cm x 54 cm in a gilt frame.
        Jun. 30, 2022

        † Felix Kelly (1914-1994) New Zealand / British, ‘View of the Channel Islands’, oil on board, signed to lower right corner, 42 cm x 54 cm in a gilt frame.

        Est: £1,500 - £2,500

        † Felix Kelly (1914-1994) New Zealand / British, ‘View of the Channel Islands’, oil on board, signed to lower right corner, 42 cm x 54 cm in a gilt frame.

        Dawsons Auctioneers
      • FELIX KELLY, British (1917-1994), The Alexander Hamilton on the Hudson, oil on masonite, 17 x 22 inches
        Apr. 28, 2022

        FELIX KELLY, British (1917-1994), The Alexander Hamilton on the Hudson, oil on masonite, 17 x 22 inches

        Est: $5,000 - $7,000

        FELIX KELLY British, (1917-1994) The Alexander Hamilton on the Hudson oil on masonite signed and dated lower right "Felix Kelly © 76"

        Shannon's
      • FELIX KELLY (1914-1994) Mississippi Ghosts oil and tempera on board 17 x 2
        Mar. 23, 2022

        FELIX KELLY (1914-1994) Mississippi Ghosts oil and tempera on board 17 x 2

        Est: £5,000 - £8,000

        FELIX KELLY (1914-1994) Mississippi Ghosts oil and tempera on board 17 x 22 in. (43.2 x 55.8 cm.)

        Christie's
      • λ Felix Kelly (British 1914-1994), The Lighthouse
        Mar. 16, 2022

        λ Felix Kelly (British 1914-1994), The Lighthouse

        Est: £3,000 - £5,000

        λ Felix Kelly (British 1914-1994)The LighthouseOil on boardSigned and dated 1950 (lower right)35 x 47cm (13¾ x 18½ in.)Exhibited:The Arts Council of Great Britain, Painters of the Sea, 1951, cat no. 14

        Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
      • Felix Runcie Kelly (1916-1994), 'Interior, The Dolmabache Palace', oil on canvas board, 42.5 x 29cm
        Mar. 08, 2022

        Felix Runcie Kelly (1916-1994), 'Interior, The Dolmabache Palace', oil on canvas board, 42.5 x 29cm

        Est: £600 - £800

        § Felix Runcie Kelly (1916-1994) 'Interior, The Dolmabache Palace' oil on canvas board monogrammed

        Gorringes
      • Felix Kelly, British/New Zealand 1914–1994 - Book illustration design; gouache on paper, sign
        Feb. 15, 2022

        Felix Kelly, British/New Zealand 1914–1994 - Book illustration design; gouache on paper, sign

        Est: £900 - £1,200

        Felix Kelly, British/New Zealand 1914–1994 - Book illustration design; gouache on paper, signed lower right 'Felix Kelly', 25 x 17.2 cm (ARR) Note: Initially influenced by the work of the Surrealists, Felix Kelly became celebrated for his book cover designs, particularly for ghost stories including Faber and Faber's ‘Best Horror Stories’ (1957) and ‘Best Tales of Terror’ (1962), as well as for ‘Haunted Houses’ (1956) by Joseph Braddock. The present work appears to be a design for a haunted house story, although not for the Mezzotint, as claimed in the inscription on the back of the frame. The artist held his first one-man exhibition at Lefevre Gallery in 1943, which was highly acclaimed and lead to Herbert Read buying a work and writing the introduction to his next catalogue. Please refer to department for condition report

        Roseberys
      • Felix Kelly (New Zealand, 1914-1994)
        Jul. 13, 2021

        Felix Kelly (New Zealand, 1914-1994)

        Est: £150 - £250

        Felix Kelly (New Zealand, 1914-1994) Felix Kelly (New Zealand, 1914-1994) 'Drifters and Paddle Steamers', 1946 lithographic school print in colours, signed and dated in the print 'Felix Kelly -46', printed in England at the Baynard Press for School Prints Ltd., London 49 x 76cm

        Sworders
      • Felix Kelly (British, 1914-1994) A white house painted from the garden
        Nov. 24, 2020

        Felix Kelly (British, 1914-1994) A white house painted from the garden

        Est: £300 - £500

        Felix Kelly (British, 1914-1994) A white house painted from the garden signed 'Felix Kelly' (lower right) oil on board laid to board 14.9 x 20.7cm (5 7/8 x 8 1/8in). For further information on this lot please visit the Bonhams website

        Bonhams
      • Felix Kelly (1916-1994) - The Pavilion
        Sep. 29, 2020

        Felix Kelly (1916-1994) - The Pavilion

        Est: £2,000 - £3,000

        Felix Kelly (1916-1994) The Pavilion oil on board 11 ¼ x 15 in. (28.5 x 38.1 cm.)

        Christie's
      • Felix Kelly (1916-1994) - Set design for The Duel of Angels, Act II, The Old Vic Theatre
        Aug. 04, 2020

        Felix Kelly (1916-1994) - Set design for The Duel of Angels, Act II, The Old Vic Theatre

        Est: £500 - £700

        Felix Kelly (1916-1994) Set design for The Duel of Angels, Act II, The Old Vic Theatre Felix Kelly (1916-1994) Set design for The Duel of Angels, Act II, The Old Vic Theatre signed 'Felix Kelly' (lower right) pencil, watercolour and gouache 61⁄8 x 9½ in. (15.6 x 24.1 cm.)

        Christie's
      • FELIX KELLY (New Zealand 1916 - 94) 'African Capriccio' Post Office, Sierra Leone
        May. 19, 2020

        FELIX KELLY (New Zealand 1916 - 94) 'African Capriccio' Post Office, Sierra Leone

        Est: $70,000 - $100,000

        FELIX KELLY (1916 - 94) 'African Capriccio' Post Office, Sierra Leone , Oil on board, Signed & dated 1966, 163 x 233cm

        International Art Centre
      • FELIX KELLY, (New Zealand 1916 - 94), Drifter and Paddle Steamers, 1946
        May. 01, 2020

        FELIX KELLY, (New Zealand 1916 - 94), Drifter and Paddle Steamers, 1946

        Est: $800 - $1,200

        FELIX KELLY, (New Zealand 1916 - 94), Drifter and Paddle Steamers, 1946, Lithograph , Signed on plate Beautifully framed

        International Art Centre
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