Andrew 'Grassi' Kelaher

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Andrew 'Grassi'  Kelaher Along the Way
Along the Way
mixed media on canvas
65 x 175 cm
Andrew 'Grassi'  Kelaher And Around We Go
And Around We Go
oil and synthetic polymer on canvas
130 x 197 cm
Andrew 'Grassi'  Kelaher Around The Big Old Gumtree
Around The Big Old Gumtree
mixed media on canvas
73 x 107 cm
Andrew 'Grassi'  Kelaher In A Green Valley
In A Green Valley
mixed media on canvas
90 x 138 cm
Andrew 'Grassi'  Kelaher Luminous
Hybrid Resin, optic brightener, oil and synthetic polymer on marine ply
122 x 120 cm
Andrew 'Grassi'  Kelaher Nice and Green
Nice and Green
mixed media on canvas
54 x 90 cm
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Andrew 'Grassi'  Kelaher

Andrew 'Grassi' Kelaher

Andrew 'Grassi' Kelaher Description

Andrew Grassi Kelaher began his artistic career at a very early age, exhibiting in group shows before reaching 10 years of age. He put his artistic skills and love of sailing to use at 14 years of age, designing and building his first racing dinghy. This passion and eye for design resulted in various State and National title winning boats, which Grassi designed, built and raced. Constantly in the water, either sailing or surfing, it might seem unusual to be called ‘Grassi’, however the name comes from a childhood nickname ‘Grasshopper’, which he uses to sign all his artworks.

After completing a Science degree in 1994 the lure of travel, skiing and snowboarding dominated Grassi’s attention. He travelled extensively through Canada and the US, always chasing the snow. On return, while working in the Australian ski fields, Grassi’s artistic flare resurfaced in the form of snow sculpting. Perisher Blue ski resort recognised these talents and employed him as Australia’s only professional snow sculptor. During this time a back injury caused several months of rehabilitation. To pass the days Grassi returned to his early interest in painting, creating soothing escapes on canvas. These new works provided the catalyst for Grassi’s return to a full-time artistic career.

His works continue to follow the idea of a dream location or a beautiful sensation. Using various techniques, a wide range of inspirational sources and many types of materials, Grassi creates images that please the senses - they are about beauty and loveliness, relaxing in a naïve and surreal landscape or soaking up vivid colours and earthy abstract textures. He considers the idea of a painting being something to visually escape into and explore.

Grassi has an impressive list of exhibitions, television and radio appearances and has won many awards. He work can be seen in corporate collections around Australia and in the US.

Andrew 'Grassi' Kelaher Statement

“I’m strongly influenced by Australian artists such as Brett Whiteley, Arthur Boyd and William Robinson, but I also employ ideas associated with post-modernism - artists throughout history have created the tools and now I get to use them to create artworks that I find interesting and enjoyable.”

Andrew 'Grassi' Kelaher Resumé

Selected Exhibiting History

2012 ‘Landscape paintings’ Trevor Victor Harvey Gallery NSW
2012 ‘Sydney Art Fair’ Darling Harbour NSW
2012 ‘Xmas Exhibition’ Trevor Victor Harvey Gallery NSW
2011 ‘Elements of Australia’ Redsea Gallery Brisbane QLD
2011 ‘Landscapes’ Aarwun Gallery Canberra
2011 ‘Drawing Connections’ Sienna Art Institute, Sienna Italy
2010 ‘Landscapes’ Trevor Victor Harvey Gallery
2009 ‘Grassi Paintings’ Aarwun Gallery Canberra
2009 ‘Nilsson Family Fund charity auction’ Sotheby’s Melbourne
2009 ‘Clouds Coast and Country’ Delshan Gallery
2008 ‘Brisbane Art Fair’ with TVH Gallery
2008 ‘Sydney Art Fair’ with TVH Gallery
2007 ‘Andrew GRASSI Kelaher’ Trevor Victor Harvey Gallery
2006 ‘Lazy Days Afternoon Haze’ Trevor Victor Harvey Gallery
2005 ‘Sydney Art Fair’ Fox Studios with Trevor Victor Harvey Gallery
2005 ‘Sweet Summertime’ Delshan Gallery Melbourne
2004 ‘Cruising the Coast – Wandering the Waterways’ Trevor Victor Harvey Gallery
2004 ‘Melbourne Art Fair’ with Trevor Victor Harvey Gallery
2003 ‘Sydney Art Fair’ with Trevor Victor Harvey Gallery
2003 ‘Group Exhibition’ Manyung Gallery, VIC
2003 ‘Summer, Surf and Sailing’ Trevor Victor Harvey Gallery
2003 ‘Solo Exhibition at the AMP Centre’ Circular Quay
2001 ‘Checking Out the Scenery’ Trevor Victor Harvey Gallery

Selected Television

2012 Live weather cross, Channel 10
2012 Toyota One Hit Wonder
2011 V8 Super Cars Bathurst 1000 Launch Ghannel 7
2011 Toyota One Hit Wonder
2010 ‘Sportsline Sky News’ Live cross from Thredbo ski resort
2010 ‘Weather Channel’ commercial
2009 ‘Sports Tonight’ Channel Ten Rip Curl Freeride series
2008 Sculpture and artist featured in a commercial opening Warren Miller Ski Movie
2007 Fuel TV
2006 ‘Today Show’ Live from the Newport Arms Hotel Channel 9
2005 MTV Music Television
2005 Boost Mobile Million Dollar Draw Live on The Today Show Channel 9
2005 ‘Footy Show’ Sydney Channel 9
2005 ‘Today Show’ Live from Perisher Blue Channel 9
2005 Wild Winter Weekend Channel 9
2005 ‘Today Show’ Live from Newport Arms Hotel Channel 9
2005 ‘Hot Source TV’ Channel 9, interview
2005 ‘Cactus Garden TV’ Ten Network, interview
2004 ‘Footy Show’ Sydney Channel 9
2003 TV1 Commercial, Artist building snow sculpture in fast-forward
2003 Fox Sport Channel, Sculpture used in live broadcast
2003 ‘Today Show’ Channel 9, interview
2003 ‘Today Show’ Channel 9, charity snow sculpture
2003 ‘Footy Show’ Sydney Channel 9
2002 ‘The Weather Channel’ Foxtel, interview
2002 ‘Perisher Blue’ features on commercial
‘Footy Show’ Sydney Channel 9
2001 ‘Perisher Blue’ features on commercial
2001 ‘Footy Show’ Sydney Channel 9
2000 ‘Today Show’ Channel 9
2000 ‘Big Breakfast Show’ Channel 9, interview
2000 Channel 7 News and weather,
Olympic snow sculpture and live broadcast
'Hi-5’ snow video


2004 Northern Beaches FM 90.3, interview
2003 2HD Newcastle, interview
2003 2SM Sydney, interview
2003 Snowy Mountains 2XL, interview
2001 FM 96.9 Newcastle, interview


2012 Gosford Regional Art Prize -- Finalist
2011 Gosford Regional Art Prize -- Finalist
2005 Canberra Art Prize - finalist
2002 Year of the Mountains Art Prize – Winner – Contemporary section
2000 Top of Australia Art Prize – Highly Commended
2000 Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Award – Highly Commended

Selected Corporate Collections

Toyota Australia
Thredbo Ski resort
Fosters Group
Coca Cola Amatil
SC Johnson Wax (Sponsor of the Lloyd Rees Youth Art Award)
Australian National Retailers Association
New South Wales Chamber of Commerce
RKM consultants
Boost Mobile
Land Rover

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