check out this guys awesome works! 
Thanks to Michael for finding him. 

painter + sculptor
b 1961


A graduate of Syracuse University 83’, originally a photorealist painter, Kelly employs the same obsessive and controlled elements with his drawings of acrylic, graphite, and gouache to create this series of 5 x 5 inch drawings. Seemingly spontaneous and unconscious, upon closer inspection these drawings reveal perfectly controlled lines and balance of asymmetrical forms. The drawings are like haikus, each a self-contained world of elegant lines and blurred dreamlike shapes. This collection moves from airy, soft hues to saturated colors, rich and robust over translucent vellum.

His influences range from 1950s Abstraction, Surrealism, 20th century architecture, jazz music from the 1950s and 60s, painting and graphic design from that period, and mid-century Scandinavian pottery, all of which get filtered through an idiosyncratic, yet eloquent aesthetic.

Jay Kelly’s work is represented in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Brooklyn Museum, The British Museum, Yale University Art Gallery, Werner Kramarsky and many others.  



Kelly’s sculptures are invented forms though they heavily refer to the fundamentals of found objects. Some of the small abstract wire constructions are drawings in space and have a light airiness and playful quality. Others, made with silver nickel, wood, and gesso are aged with patina and are more solid in appearance. Each measures no more than 10 inches high and 4 inches wide, including their small wooden bases.


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1 comment:

  1. We first saw his work a couple years ago in Chicago and loved the intimacy of his metal sculptures.. such attention to detail.
    There was a post of his work on Modernboom back in November.


    Though somewhat reminiscent of Calder, his work reminds me more of the modern Italian master Fausto Melotti, only on a miniscule scale.