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."
I suppose that I am best known for my paintings of sensual beauty and that's just fine by me, but the time and effort that goes into creating a painting like "Hannah Atlantic" is far beyond anything that I could ever imagine for any of my figurative works. I am very pleased with this painting.
This isn't the first painting that I've done of the Lunenburg waterfront and I didn't want to simply repeat myself, so I set the time frame for it in the late 60's, roughly speaking, when Lunenburg was still a real fishing town. Also, I wanted to focus on the trawler, Hannah Atlantic (formally called the "Cape Anne"). She was built in 1964, and has beautiful lines. It's sad to to see her tied to a wharf in Bridgewater now, rusted out and waiting to sink or be scrapped. I found it gratifying to be able to take her back from the edge of existence and restore her to what she must have looked like during her glory days.
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CELEBRATION OF LIFE: c2017 Paul Kelley; oil on panel; 24 x 18 inches
HANNAH ATLANTIC: c2017 Paul Kelley: oil on panel; 18 x 38 inches
LAST TRAIN FOR THE COAST: c2016 Paul Kelley; oil on panel; 24 x 42 inches
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STUDY FOR STANDING IN THE ATLANTIC: c2016 Paul Kelley; oil on panel; 5 x 7 inches