The Fine Art World of Paul Kelley
“When humanity ceases to be
relevant, so too will art.”
"I hope that throughout my career I have been able to please many people with my paintings, and that my figurative art has been particularly pleasurable for people who understand that the qualities of sensual beauty that I instill in this art subject are just that. I have always regarded this work as a celebration of the female form and commentary on woman's commanding visual presence in our world, in addition to their humanity and intellect. I believe that it is important to appreciate beauty as an end in itself. It is as simple as being able to stop and regard the beauty of sunrise before a hectic day; and as complicated as overcoming our preconditioning to desire to see more than what we see. Allegory and metaphor exist in my artwork, but the beauty and grace of the female form in my artwork is intended to convey just that."
Last Train For The Coast
The title for "Last Train For The Coast" was not taken from Don McLean's 1971 classic "American Pie", and until very recently didn't think that we were talking about the same thing. When I read that he finally divulged that the meaning for his song was that "Basically in American Pie things are heading in the wrong direction", I realized that we are illustrating similar concerns. "Last Train For The Coast" was painted to be beautiful and sensual, while emitting a sense of strength and power. It's about retreating but also about fighting back, and protecting our most important values. It's about how we live in a world of hubris, of greed, and war; about the effects of Empire and the arrogant stupidity that drives it; about governments who lie to us as a matter of policy, and a corrupted media who diligently report those lies as facts. "Last Train For The Coast" is about the struggle for our own humanity.
I hope that you enjoy my latest painting, and I pray that we are not all on "The Last Train For The Coast".
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LAST TRAIN FOR THE COAST: c2016 Kelley; oil on panel; 24 x 42 inches
(For detailed images visit "Painting Details" page)
STUDY FOR CELEBRATING THE DAY: c2016 Paul Kelley: oil on panel; 9 x 7 inches
STUDY FOR BLOW: c2016 Paul Kelley; oil on panel; 9 x 7 inches
STUDY FOR STANDING IN THE ATLANTIC: c2016 Paul Kelley; oil on panel; 5 x 7 inches