December Mostra 2016 / Meet the Artists… Kelly Best

This Friday will see one of the highlights of our calendar, the triannual mostra, open at the British School at Rome. Our six resident artists have been hard at work over the past three months, taking inspiration from the city and all it has to offer. In the run up to the December Mostra opening, we will be posting blogs in which the artists tell us about the basis of their practice, and how being in Rome has contributed to their work.

Kelly Best (Creative Wales-BSR Fellow)


Photo by Antonio Palmieri

Kelly Best’s practice explores the autonomy of drawing and its relationship to painting and sculpture. Often working within fixed parameters, she has limited her palette whilst in Rome to colours that would have been available in the period when ancient Roman frescoes were made. She uses repetition as a tool to both structure composition and execute predetermined processes, exploring the variations within the repeated line, form or gesture.

Kelly Best esplora l’autonomia del disegno e la sua relazione con la pittura e la scultura. Lavora spesso con parametri fissi e per questo, nel suo periodo a Roma, ha usato solamente colori che sarebbero stati disponibili nell’epoca in cui venivano dipinti gli affreschi Romani. Usa la ripetizione sia come strumento per strutturare la composizione, che per eseguire determinati processi,  esplorando le variazioni delle linee, le forme ed i gesti.

December Mostra will open on Friday 9 December at 18.30.

Opening hours: Monday-Saturday 16.30-19.00 until Saturday 17 December.