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."
In another time, when most of my clients lived and worked in one area, I would travel there a couple of times a year with portfolios of line drawn sketches, from which they commissioned me to paint their selected images. To the best of my knowledge they were quite satisfied with the paintings that I created for them, and the cycle repeated itself.
The world has changed since then, my client base is now global, and instead of line drawn sketches, I create "virtual images" in Photoshop for possible future paintings. I still draw, and sketch out ideas for paintings but these full colour virtual images are close to being exactly what I will, or may paint, and I use them as my painting reference while I am working on the actual painting. In a sense, they are my sketches, my models, and my locations, all rolled into one image. I have posted portfolios on Pinterest so that you may, if you wish to, see inside my studio to what might be painted in the future, or commissioned to add to your art collection now.
"General" contains landscape, seascape, and figurative ideas which, generally speaking, should be appropriate in an office or public setting; and "Sensual" is simply everything else.
In the normal course of events, most of these ideas will not become paintings, as new ideas constantly come along, and also I regard all ideas as a "work in progress" until they become a painting (or are
Please note that I have altered, created, blurred, or a combination of all 3, the faces and any identifying features of my models in order to protect their identity. The faces presented may not be exactly what I plan to paint.
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STUDY FOR BEACH: c2016 Paul Kelley: oil on panel; 8 x 12 inches
LONGBOAT: c2016 Paul Kelley; oil on panel; 10.5 x 16 inches
CANOPIES: c2016 Paul Kelley; oil on panel; 18 x 24 inches
SARA: c2016 Paul Kelley; oil on panel; 10 x 16 inches