Abstract painter Ken Kelly was born in 1955 in Magnolia, Arkansas, and settled in Seattle, in 1981.
He attended Birmingham-Southern College, Alabama, 1973-74; received his BFA degree from the University of Georgia, Athens, 1974-77, with further work at the University of Arizona, Tucson, 1979-81. He has twice been a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant recipient.
Ken Kelly is exhibiting a new body of work, boldly painting abstract shapes and patterns extended on a vast scale – in dimensions of 144” or more. His surprising color combinations set off interacting regions of space, chunks of color that reverberate among themselves and with the environment beyond the canvas.
“My current paintings don’t really lend themselves to statements. They don’t reference anything; they don’t address issues of anything. They occupy space on a wall and, more importantly, in the viewers eyes and mind. I would love to say that that is all, but nothing is ever so simple. Obviously, there has to be more to a painting than just the optics, or the formal elements that make up what we see on the wall.”
Ken believes that we live in a world where we are constantly trying to find meaning. Our brains are hardwired to look for connections and patterns.
We seek to translate these connections into words and concepts.
“I don’t direct, I don’t interpret, I just paint.”