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Kellie Orr, 29, is based in Vancouver, Canada, and is originally from Perth, Australia.

Using realistic and hyperrealistic oil painting methods, Kellie’s work presents honest observations of social behaviour, personal identity development and western cultural themes. Her work explores the subtle nuances of our daily lives, our shared experiences and the human condition; and each painting presents a unique concept.

The artist paints portraits and objects from contemporary Western culture with a style that is almost photographic in its realism, but ethereal and modern. She paints with careful detail and precision, often with multiple layers of paint and glaze. Kellie has been the recipient of awards and recent press features including, Beautiful Bizarre Magazine, and, and her work is held in numerous private art collections.  

Dedicated to her studio practice, Kellie is eager to become immersed in the North American art scene and to continue painting indefinitely. She is driven to produce work that creatively expresses her experiences and views of the Western world.


Press, April 2018 Editors' Pick, April 2018

Beautiful Bizarre Magazine, Issue 020, March 2018

Happy Mag, February 2018

BL!SSS Magazine, December 2017

ArtMaze Magazine Anniversary Edition, October 2017 Editors' Pick, October 2017



Black Swan Prize Salon Des Refusés 2017, selected artist

Manning Art Prize 2017, finalist

Mandjar Art Awards 2017, highly commended corporate award

Mandjar Art Awards 2017, peoples choice award

Minnawarra Art Awards 2017, finalist

Wickepin Art Prize 2016, highly commended (portrait category)

Leonora Art Prize 2016, highly commended (portrait category)

South Perth Emerging Artist Award Exhibition 2006, winner (youth category)

South Perth Emerging Artist Award Exhibition 2007, winner (youth category)



Artist in residence, Subiaco Theatre Festival, Perth Theatre Trust, Subiaco Arts Centre, June 2017

Artist in residence with Jen Mann, Toronto, Canada, September 2016


Solo exhibition

Higher Ground, August 2016, Beyond Art Gallery


Group Exhibitions

'Subversive' Cult and Harper, 2018

Manning Art Prize, 2017

Cossack Art Awards 2017

Mandjar Art Awards 2017

Minnawarra Art Awards 2017

Ferguson Foundry gallery opening exhibition 2016 (part of Studio281 gallery)

Cossack Art Awards 2016

Wickepin Art Prize 2016

Leonora Art Prize 2016

South Perth Emerging Artist Award Exhibition 2016

South Perth Emerging Artist Award Exhibition 2006

South Perth Emerging Artist Award Exhibition 2007



Informal study under Tessa McOnie, April - May 2017

Bachelor of Arts (Design), Curtin University, completed 2009