Francis Kelly (1927-2012) was an American born painter and printmaker who lived in Britain from the mid 1950s. After serving in the US Navy he studied at the Art Center School in Los Angeles from 1948, thereafter attending the Academie de la Grande Chaumiere in Paris in the early 1950s, on to the University of Hawaii 1953 and then to the University of California at Los Angeles, where he assisted John Paul Jones. After receiving a Fulbright Grant he came to the Graphic Department of the Central School of Arts and Crafts in London 1955 (now Central St Martins). The legendary St. George's Gallery in London, run by Robert Erskine, first introduced his etchings in Britain in the 1950s. In 1958 Francis Kelly was awarded the Stacy Grant for painting. His paintings and prints have been shown on a number of occasions at the Royal Academy and his work is represented in several public collections across the world including Boston Museum of Fine Arts, New York Public Library, Los Angeles County Museum, National Gallery of South Australia, Glasgow University and the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. Francis Kelly lived in Bayswater, London for many years.