Kelly Stewart grew up in Sydney Australia, and studied Design (Visual Communications) Hons in illustration before moving to the UK to pursue her career.
With a passion for traditional architecture, Kelly found herself in Edinburgh where the Gothic, Victorian and Georgian architecture provided endless inspiration.
Kelly joined Edinburgh Printmakers Workshop in 2001 and has been a regular ever since, focusing primarily on the medium of screenprinting. The screenprint process enables Kelly to combine drawings, textures, handwritten text and mark making into a single image through a series of layers, sometimes up to 30 different layers per image. It is a passion that has continued for almost 15 years and by experimenting with layers and introducing found textures and pattern, the work continues to evolve.
The boat series was the result of a 10 day Residency with Swansea Print studio in 2010. Kelly experimented with oil based monoprinting while on the residency, and this fed into the drawings of the fishing boats. The lighthouse boat was the main inspiration for the series, it was originally drawn up at half the size but midway through printing the edition the decision was made to redraw it to double the size for more impact, to give it the wow factor that the boat has in real life.