SALA 17 Show

As part of SALA Festival I have a few works on display that I created for the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra's 2017 Season. 


Interpreting the Symphony
Art inspired by the music of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra's 2017 Season. Each piece elicits an imaginative response, yet is abstract. Music. Interpreted. Translated for the eye. Colour and form evoking sounds. Capturing movement, tempi, rhythms, emotion. Connecting eye, ear and soul. Breathe. Imagine. Let the music in…

Venue: Adelaide Symphony Orchestra - Grainger Studio, 91 Hindley St Adelaide, 5000
Opening times: Mon-Fri 9:30am-4:30pm throughout August

There are 5 works from the 2017 Season available as fine art Giclée Prints. 1 set only framed as exhibited, but limited edition of prints available. I have listed them on my website as prints only if you cannot make it to the exhibition. See them here. The proceeds of each print goes back to the ASO to support the orchestra's developmental programs.

I also have 5 originals on view and available for purchase.

Invitation to Outré Gallery show

You're invited to join us for the opening of 'Gridlines' by Kels O'Sullivan at 6pm, 21 April, Outré Gallery, Melbourne, as part of the Small Wall Project for 2017. 
"Heavily influenced by the discipline of modernism, pattern & textile design of the mid century, Kelly O'Sullivan creates work that is made up of clean and simple shapes based from a grid system. Her work symbolises her relationships with everyday forms, expressing emotion, reflecting experiences and surroundings through the use geometry, colour, pattern, line and repetition. (Read the full interview about about my work, inspiration and process for the show here)
The opening coincides with 'Mid Century Modern Mix', a group show features vintage art, modernist architectural renderings and contemporary works inspired by the era. So a Mid Century feast for the eyes!

Come and have a drink surrounded by some vintage, retro and Mid Century Modern art
I will be there and hope to see you there too! Kels x 

'Home' group show at Modern Times

I am so honoured to be part of the group show 'Home' which is showing at Modern Times

As Modern Times have said on their website:
"Modern Times is proud to announce their first ever group show, ‘Home’ opening on October 27th. Home showcases the work of 20 contemporary Australian artists exploring the notion of home and what it means to them, featuring Modern Times regulars such as printmaker Ellie Malin and painter Elizabeth Barnett, as well as guests including current Archibald finalist Yvette Coppersmith and Geelong Contemporary Art Prize finalist Jonathan Crowther.

“The concept of home means different things to different people - it can be positive or negative, literal or spiritual and the works in Home highlight this breadth of interpretation,” explains Modern Times director, Amy Malin. “From the self-conscious display of convenience foods depicted in ‘Packaged Good’ by Sandra Eterovic, to the overwhelming pile of toys rendered in laborious detail by Eleanor Voterakis in ‘Work. Life. Balance’ how the artists have translated the theme is really fascinating.”

In Esther Olssen’s work ‘Never Home Girl’, Esther explores a version of home that extends beyond her four walls. Esther explains, “Being just 23, I spend a lot of time not at home so my work reflects the locations I spend my time, the streets I walk along and how important a sense of community is for me to feel at home.”

Amy and Joel Malin, owners of Modern Times have always said, “We want people to feel at home at Modern Times.”  This show is a reflection of that philosophy and a culmination of years of nurturing artists and their passion to show contemporary art with substance and integrity in an inviting space."

If you are interested in a catalogue please contact

Selected Exhibited works now available online!

I have some of my original artworks now available online for purchase. They are listed under 'Exhibited works'. If you have any questions regarding these items please don't hesitate to contact me on  

Works are required to be part of the exhibition until 31 October. All items will ship in the first week of November. 

Feature on We Are Scout blog

So chuffed and grateful to have been featured on the We Are Scout blog! In an article titled 'Australian Affordable Art on Etsy : top 30' one of my original 30minute paintings came in at no. 9. What a great article to promote the work of Australian artists! Thanks We Are Scout, I am honored to have made the list! You can read the full article here

Exhibition at Bliss Organic Garden Café


You & your guests are invited to my exhibition launch:

life : form

Thursday 1 October, 
6pm – 7.30pm

Bliss Organic Garden Café 
7 Compton St, Adelaide

In life:form Kels explores universal shapes and their symbolism. Geometric designs are juxtaposed with organic forms inspired by nature and its elements.

drinks & nibbles provided
rsvp: by 25 Sept, email

The exhibition runs from 1 – 31 October, so if you can't make it to the opening, please do pop into the café during opening hours: Mon–Thursday 11am-4pm, Fri 11am-4pm & 6pm-late, Sat 8am-4pm, Closed Sun & Pub.Hols.

A selection of works will be available on my website after the launch on 1 October
Please email with any enquiries.


It's a wrap!

A big thanks to everyone who visiting me at Finders Keepers in Melbourne. It was really lovely to meet you all and get some lovely feedback about my work. As I mainly sell online I haven't had much contact with my customers and it was great to be have face-to-face discussions about my work. I deeply appreciate every comment and every purchase. I feel so lucky that I can do what I love. Thank you!! 

As I was debuting some of my artworks at Finders Keepers some items are not available online yet. I will be updating the site over the coming days. If you would like to enquire about anything please don't hesitate to contact me on

Thanks again!

Kels  x

Market Specials

I'm in Melbourne for Finders Keepers market! It starts tonight – bumping in my stall shortly! How exciting!

I'm offering some specials especially for the market:

  • FREE hand-printed calico bag with purchase over $50 (limited numbers, be quick!)

  • Limited Edition Giclée Art prints for the price of Open Edition prints
    A4 $40ea (were $65), A3 $70ea (were $95)

  • A6 Art Cards $6ea or 3 for $15

  • DL Art Cards $8ea or 2 for $15

  • Pocket Notebook (A6) $8ea or 2 for $15

  • All framed sketches from my @thebookofkels daily art $40ea (All sizes)

Come down and say 'Hello' I'm at stall D35!

My daily works are now available on Etsy

I have listed lots of my daily artworks on my Etsy store. I will also be adding more new works every week, so be sure to check back regularly. Prices are set to be affordable and range from $20-35. If there is anything on Instagram  @thebookofkels not listed that you are interested in email me on Also if you really like a piece feel free to get in early and comment on my pic to secure it before it is listed to the general public.

Sea Inspired

I feel so lucky to live by the sea. I am continuously inspired by the ocean, the sun rising over it and the light reflecting on it. It is having a large impact on my new body of work. Reflection of light and balance of shapes are key themes to my finished pieces as well as my sketches on Instagram @thebookofkels. So I thought I would just show you some of the scenery that I am blessed to see every day and and is fuelling my creativity. 

Limited Edition card sets


I will be adding some limited edition cards & card sets to the site soon! These are  all printed to the same fine art gallery quality standard as the artwork prints (Giclee) on 310gsm German Etching Paper. All cards feature prints of original designs by Kelly O'Sullivan © If you would like to go onthe list to be notified when they are available please email

Inspiration from

The internet is full of amazing inspirational resources, giving access to work that I can only ever dream of seeing IRL. I have been blown away by the rich resource that is the moma online collection. Thousands of artworks from across their collection and they are all at my fingertips. A never ending resource of inspiration! I would recommend checking it out!! Here's a few of my favourites from today's eye-candy session. Click on the links below to go to the direct page on . Have fun! [PS. I am also pinning inspiration regularly on Pinterest]

From Top : Alexander Calder : Ellsworth Kelly : Jean (Hans) Arp : Matt Mullican : Auguste Herbin : El Lissitzky

Putting myself out there

Hello! My name is Kelly, most people call me Kels. This blog is a journal for me to record my ideas, inspirations, aspirations and failings; to write about what inspires me, challenges me, the process involved in my work, successes, failings, the awesomeness of art and design. Sharing a part of myself. Putting it all out there to not be precious and share generously.

On Jan 1 this year I embarked on a yearlong art journaling project on Instagram @thebookofkels. It is simply a 30 minute sketch every day. The idea is to make time every single day to do something, anything, in my sketchbook and post it. The posting makes me accountable, it makes me not want to miss a day no matter what. It gives me a virtual creative community. It teaches me that it is okay to show work that isn't finished or perfect... and it's loads of fun!! This simple act of sharing has given me so much confidence in what I do and allowed me to connect with other like-minded people. 

I hope you will join me on my journey.