About The Artist


Jim Kelly 


Jim's mixed media pieces on paper are graphic, bold and feature strong color. They are complex and non-hierarchical. Gestural outbursts, off-hand markings, calligraphic scribbles and disintegrating words define his idiosycratic work. The materials ....marker, crayon, spray paint, pencil, ballpoint pen, oil stick are low tech and applied in a certain "cheap, fast and disposable" fashion that embraces the outsider and the childlike rather than the tutored and the polished. The pieces fluctuate from the raucous to the lyrical, from the jarring to the aesthetic as multiple shapes, forms and colors struggle to coalesce.  Although the frenetic surface energy celebrates randomness and accident, internal patterns and intuitive rhythms emerge to create a fragile balance of controlled anarchy. 

Jim worked as a commercial photographer with studios in Boston for many years and now has fine art studios in Kennebunk, Maine and Sarasota, Florida. His work has been exhibited throughout New England and included in shows at the Fitchburg Museum, Merrimack College, the Currier Museum of Art and the University of New England. Jim showed regularly at the Atlantic Gallery in NYC during the 1990's and has shown at the Barn Gallery in Ogunquit for the last twenty five years and also exhibits with the Addison Woolley Group in Portland, Maine.  His work can be found in numerous private and public collections.


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