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Kelly Taylor is a Contemporary Aboriginal Artist who overlaps colours to bring out the beautiful eye-catching effect of ancient art merging with traditional and contemporary art.
Kelly belongs to the Antikirinya-Yankunytjatjara people through her grandmother Millie Taylor (Nee-Lennon – deceased) and Kokatha people through her grandfather Edgar Dingaman (deceased) who was also a senior lore man. She has been painting for 33 years her nana was her teacher, she always encouraged Kelly to paint and passed on many ancient stories down along the way, following her example Kelly passed on what she learned to her daughters. Kellys sais ‘my nana will always be my greatest influence.
The stories behind each painting are about her life where her family hunted and gathered traditional foods, playing and rolling down the beautiful red sandhills as a kid around Ernabella (Pukatja), Fregon (Kaltjiti), Ayres Rock (Uluru), Indulkana (Iwantja), Alice Springs, Coober Pedy, and Port Augusta, where they would camp surrounded by trees, wildflowers, sandhills and plenty of creeks, rivers, rock holes, and waterholes to swim in and sit by the campfire, listening to her nanas and other elders tell stories.
When creating her paintings Kelly mixes colours to suit a story and design but keeps her symbols traditional, Kelly’s dot painting style she calls creeper dots, where she blend overlapped colors to bring out the beauty eye-catching effect of ancient art merging with traditional and contemporary art.
Kelly has earned a number of accolades and moments of recognition with her daughters T’keyah Ware and Kelilah Ware winning awards in known exhibitions (Our Young Mob Exhibition) and art prizes (Abstract Award winner in 2020 Bluethumb Art Prize), Also honoured to be a part of some special collaborations and publications from Vogue Living, Royal Flying Doctor Service & 7NEWS, Country Arts SA, Homes to Love, SANE Australia also a special collaboration with Disney and Bluethumb for their “From Our Family to Yours” campaign.