O’Kelly was one of the first Irish artists to study at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris before moving to Pont Aven. When he returned to Ireland he visited the West of Ireland, where he found subject matter in the life of rural communities. In the early 1880s, he produced illustrations for the Illustrated London News, depicting the plight of the rural Irish who struggled with evictions, Land League agitation and social injustices. His illustrations were also reproduced in the French newspaper, Le Monde illustré.
On display in the exhibition:
• 'The National Land League'. Published in Illustrated London News. National Library of Ireland
• 'Eviction of a farmer by the police', L’Univers Illustré, 22 May 1881. National Library of Ireland