Untitled (SW landscape)
Curatorial insightBella Kelly spent much of her life in the far south of Western Australia, often in Albany, where she painted a series of exquisite watercolours in 1969. Kelly was not a Carrolup child artist, but was recently recognised as being the greatest influence on the development of what is now known as the Carrolup School of Art, a landscape painting tradition unique to Noongar artists of south-west Western Australia. Bella Kelly painted to escape many social and political pressures of her time. And, lived through her experience of having her children stolen from her (by the State), she found a form of peace in her many landscapes. She generously shared many stories with friends and family who sat and watched her paint. The scene she regularly depicted was a view across paddocks and bush to the Stirling Ranges (Notes by the artist’s son Geoffrey Narkle, 2002, and Bella Kelly: Retrospective 2016).