Born 1958, Melbourne
Kelvin Heffernan’s highly expressive artwork is often injected with a wicked sense of humour. Heffernan’s paintings and ceramic works reflect a vibrant energy, a passion for colour and a capacity for sensitive mark making. While his subjects often relate to people and events in his life, his work also revisits infamous characters from history, such as bushrangers.
Heffernan is drawn to the macabre, often depicting savage-toothed or horned beasts wielding guns or swords. His ceramic works employ layered glazes and detailed textures, featuring effects including scratches and burrs over the clay. His passion for the ceramic medium is apparent in works that convey a kind of visceral drama.
Kelvin Heffernan is represented by Arts Project Australia.
Not titled (dragon) 2008; ceramic; 18 x 37 x 29cm; Courtesy Arts Project Australia