“…represents an inward turn and an embrace of the aesthetic, dealing more with sensations and discovery rather than with program or theory.” - the artist
The paintings that I create express a raw and energetic approach. I repeatedly work and rework the image. The surfaces of my paintings are dense and textural. There are moments where layers of paint get scraped, smudged or smeared in a continuous additive and subtractive process.
Often using a somber color palette and exploring variations of greys, browns, and blues, my work takes on a mysterious and darkened mood.
My current body of work consists of a series of abstract paintings made entirely from invention. I explore issues of form, space, and dynamic plasticity. When starting a painting there is no specific vision in mind.
Forms and shapes are added and removed in a repeated cycle until something emerges from the materials that embodies and evokes a particular presence. Thus, improvisation plays a major role in my process. I frequently use a palette knife to apply the paint in thick layers, which also allows for a more unpredictable mark making approach.
It is understandable to see my work running counter to contemporary concerns regarding subject matter and content. Many artists today are exploring political, social, cultural or gender related themes. That said, my work is not predicated on a rejection of current trends as much as it is an alternate route.
It represents an inward turn and an embrace of the aesthetic, dealing more with sensations and discovery rather than with program or theory. I continue to pursue the ability to invoke a paint surface with authenticity and intensity for maximum engagement.
About the artist:
Sam Kelly is an artist currently residing in Dayton, Ohio. He earned a B.F.A. in painting from Wright State University and a M.F.A. in painting from University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. He also attended the Chautauqua School of Art. Sam is a member of the Dayton Society of Artists, The Contemporary Dayton and the Dutoit Gallery. Currently he teaches at the University of Dayton in the Department of Art and Design as an adjunct faculty member.
To view more work by the artist, please visit www.samkellyart.com.
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