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RB Talbot Kelly and his Contemporaries

Goldeneye by RB Talbot Kelly
Date and Time: 
5 November 2015
World Land Trust Art Gallery, Halesworth

Free to enter


Opening in early November 2015, a special exhibition at World Land Trust Art Gallery brings together a selection of work by acclaimed bird artists of the 20th century.

The exhibit focuses on the masterful work of RB Talbot Kelly, together with a selection of pictures by his contemporaries Eric Ennion, John Busby and Winifred Austen. An enthusiastic teacher, TK influenced many young and aspiring artists, as did Eric Ennion and John Busby in their teaching years. Their work continues to inspire to this day.

RB Talbot Kelly (1896-1971)

Richard Barratt Talbot Kelly, or TK as he was later known, was born in Birkenhead in 1896. A son and grandson of artists, he fostered a love for wildlife and natural history and began painting pictures at an early age. He drew inspiration from formalised but simple Egyptian paintings of birds in their natural surroundings observed on trips made with his parents.

Familiarity with his subjects, which included both insight and understanding, was the key to Talbot Kelly’s work. His ability to exclude what he knew to be the facts and concentrate on what he had seen puts his work into the highest category of bird painting. 

RB Talbot Kelly and his Contemporaries at WLT Art Gallery, 5 November to 4 December 2015. View images in the exhibition »

WLT art gallery

More information

WLT Gallery in Blyth House, Bridge Street, Halesworth, Suffolk IP19 8AB is open 10am-4pm Monday to Friday.

Specialising in wildlife and landscape art, WLT Art Gallery showcases the work of local artists and those from further afield. The gallery provides a small income for the Trust’s charitable work and, through its programme of temporary exhibitions raises awareness of wildlife and landscape conservation.

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