Mike Kelly


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Mike Kelly

Mike will tell you that the subject of a painting does not make it interesting as a work of art. 

Art must go beyond mere representation to provide the viewer with a concentrated version of reality.  A landscape provides inspiration, but Mike's is a journey of color that excites the senses.  He takes a visual journey of discovery where color is the primary focus and soul of his work.  

For Mike, painting is about resitance and persistance.  Each painting goes through a series of changes and refinements that may take days or months and evolves from a combination of direct observation, photo reference, memory and most of all invention. 

His color studies often lead to a series of the same subject, each variation evoking a different emotional response from the viewer.   He comes by this process naturally and judiciously, which he learned throughout a long and successful career in graphic design and product packaging design.     

 

 

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