Andrew Grassi Kelaher
Painting is the way I put together the images I gather from my environment. These artworks are an attempt to make sense visually of the forms, the play of light and the positive and negative spaces from my surroundings - Andrew Grassi Kelaher
The name 'Grassi' with which Andrew signs all of his work, comes from the childhood nickname “Grasshopper”. He names his three great passions as art, sport and the environment. As a teenager he designed, built and raced sail boats, and won several national titles. After graduating with a science degree he travelled through Canada and the United States, skiing and snowboarding. On his return he worked in the Australian ski fields where he began creating super-sized, now iconic snow sculptures which were featured widely across the media.
A back injury and subsequent rehabilitation brought Grassi’s attention to the canvas. He started to create bold, colourful, dream-like paintings which launched his full time career as an artist. Grassi has developed a unique style of his own – vivid, surreal and bursting with energy and adventure, his landscapes stimulate the senses and invite the viewer to slip away and explore a new and just familiar place from our imagination.
Grassi has won many awards such as “The Year of the Mountains Art Prize” and has made finalist twice for the Gosford Art Prize.
Look for his trademark signature, a tiny nude disguised somewhere within the painting.