Studied at St.Martins School of Art, London (1975-1978) and Goldsmiths College, London (1978-1979).
Jo Kelley has exhibited widely, more recent exhibitions have included; Fenderesky Gallery, Belfast (2007); Limerick Printmakers Open (2007); Stone, Plate, Grease, Water International Contemporary Lithography, MOMA Wales, Bankside Gallery London, Naughton Gallery Belfast (2007); Iontas, Sligo (2007) and The Art of Looking, Lewis Glucksman Gallery, UCC (2006).
Her work can be seen in many collections including, Arts Council Northern Ireland, University College Cork, Crawford Gallery Cork, University of Wales, Allied Irish Bank, and in many private collections. She currently teaches at the Crawford College of Art & Design, Cork.
I am interested in mythology, fairy tales, and other forms of narration. My work is figurative, and an exploration of an imagined world, with reference to collected objects and past experience.
The reconstruction and reinterpretation of personal history is another important element within my practice. I am interested in the tension between the actual and the imaginary, and the questions that surround the issue of authenticity.