I am a figurative painter who often paints still lifes and landscapes with no figures present. I am just as happy to make drawings and prints. In all my work, I continually explore balancing the abstraction of color shapes with a sense of real, observed places and things. These are places that I have lived in or visited, and things that I collect both for their visual interest and often because they have a backstory. I like art that has a backstory. Even more, I like art that prompts the viewer to imagine a story all of their own.
I make work that documents a building before its destruction; that imagines what a space was once like long ago; that explores what it might be like far in the future; that considers the cycle of life and death through bicycle wheels and the blooming and wilting of flowers; that uses strange light sources including black light to consider the limits to human perception; that turns the painting studio into an allegory for the entire world. Painting can be about looking for the profound in the simple. The way light and space can awaken a mind.
I have a new short essay about a show at Linda Matney Gallery. You can find it here:
"The Task That Is The Toil - Sharing Our Dreams And Nightmares," Brian Kelley, 2021, for Linda Matney Gallery