The most exciting aspect of Kelly-Anne Davitt’s work is the potential. She only graduated in 2002 and has already been commended by the National Portrait Gallery for her work of sublime beauty and great talent. Her pictures have shiny, glossy overtones, so familiar from low-culture and contemporary celebrity, but are used to create jaw dropping fine art portraits. It is this combination of common consumer familiarity with detailed artistic talent which give this work its recognisable power. She creates ultra-realistic paintings of women dressed in the style of the 1950s, the birth of the modern consumerist world, in a way which manages to feel distinctly contemporary.
The paintings of Kelly-Anne Davitt glow with shimmering, youthful light and characters whose eyes glisten with hope and optimism. Her subjects often look like sexy Airhostesses from a bygone era or a nostalgic airline poster with their perfect complexions and horizon-bound stares. Even the monotone blue backgrounds bring to mind the act of flying, whether a physical journey or a one of dreams and emotions. In her self portrait she portrays a rougher edge, with an intense gaze and determined expression. Here she is a true artist, taking in the world and making creative decisions from under a nice woolly hat. In Lost in Loveliness she demonstrates expert handling of the foreshortening effect; she casts her subject fading towards a feminine pink background, her shadow snaking away into the rose desert behind her.
Kelly-Anne Davitt is an artist with a very bright future and here at LondonArt we are thrilled to be able to represent her. These are the frighteningly competent paintings of a young artist with a great deal left to say. Her work blazes with bold colour schemes, resembling classic adverts and the commercial world, but with painterly skills and techniques at the forefront. Her talent is demonstrated by the detailed textures created by the fur, necklaces and scarves which adorn her subjects and contrast wonderfully with the smooth, polished surface of the faces. These are striking works which have made their way into many collections around the world and we are proud to call her LondonArt Artist of the Week.