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Mike Kelly
Warsaw, IN

About the Artist

Kelly's paintings border on the edge of abstraction and representation. He is not concerned with
the literal interpretation of a scene or telling a story.
It is a journey of visual discovery where color is the primary focus and soul of the painting.
He uses landscape as the starting point but the objective is to create a compelling image in it's
own right.
Each painting evolves from a combination of direct observation, photo reference, memory and invention. The color studies may also lead to a series of the same subject, each variation will evoke
a different emotional response for …

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About the Artist

Kelly's paintings border on the edge of abstraction and representation. He is not concerned with
the literal interpretation of a scene or telling a story.
It is a journey of visual discovery where color is the primary focus and soul of the painting.
He uses landscape as the starting point but the objective is to create a compelling image in it's
own right.
Each painting evolves from a combination of direct observation, photo reference, memory and invention. The color studies may also lead to a series of the same subject, each variation will evoke
a different emotional response for the viewer.

Kelly's key influences are the great colorists that use strong design and spontaneous brushwork:
Mark Rothko, Richard Diebenkorn, Sean Scully and Wolf Kahn.

Mike wrapped a successful career in Chicago in 2004. After winning many national and international awards he felt it was time to escape the tyranny of decision by focus groups to pursue the goal of creating fine art.

Artist’s Work

Paths crossing 2
Mike kelly

Paths Crossing

By Mike Kelly

Yellow barn at daybreak
Mike kelly

Yellow Barn At Daybreak

By Mike Kelly

August barn
Mike kelly

August Barn

By Mike Kelly

Yellow barn
Mike kelly

Yellow Barn

By Mike Kelly

Red barn 3
Mike kelly

Red Barn

By Mike Kelly

Near harbor springs
Mike kelly

Near Harbor Springs

By Mike Kelly

Yellow field
Mike kelly

Yellow Field

By Mike Kelly

Selected Exhibitions

  • Hoosier Salon
    Indianapolis, IN , 2018
  • Edington Gallery
    Indianapolis, IN, 2017
  • Castle Gallery
    Fort Wayne, IN, 2016
  • Button Gallery
    Douglas, MI,

Education

  • Herron School of Art and Design, BFA
    Indianapolis, IN,1965