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Get the whole Michael Kelly (b. 1956) graduated from Darlinghur­st's National Art School in 1985 and became an art teacher. In the early 199os, he held his first solo exhibition­s in Melbourne. A few years later, he began going out with Rick Amor, Andrew Southall and at portrait.gov.au Phil Davey on their regular Friday painting excursions. In 2003 the Friday Group marked its tenth anniversar­y with the touring exhibition soo Fridays; but when Kelly left to live in Sydney, the group disbanded. Kelly has had about a dozen solo exhibition­s of works that Amor characteri­ses as `spiritual landscapes, with great feeling'. He was represente­d by a gallery in Woollahra, but concentrat­es, now, on plein air painting in the streets of Darlinghur­st, and making books available to people living without homes in that area. Nightworks, an exhibition of his work in 2012, featured paintings of people experienci­ng homelessne­ss and included Footpath Library, a free mobile library service for homeless people. Kelly has spent many nights walking the streets of Sydney. 'Like Christophe­r Brennan, the Sydney poet and scholar influenced by the French Symbolist poets,' he wrote, "All night I have walked and my heart was deep awake".' Michael Kelly 1998 by Rick Amor softground etching on paper Gift of the artist zoos Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

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