Peter Kelly trained in graphic design at the West Ham School of Art and Technology and afterwards at the Central School of Art and Design in London. In 1982 he was elected a full member of the Royal Society of British Artists and in 1995 became a member of the Small Paintings Society. From 1957 he pursued a career as a graphic designer, illustrator and painter. In 2007 he was elected a member of the New English Art Club. Peter is the grandson of the Victorian bird artist, John Gerrard Keulemans.