Jay Kelly's small-scale sculptures and drawings are recognized for their whimsicality and enigmatic origins. They share a lightness of form and an acute senes of proportion and color. His drawings are made with graphite, pastel and colored pencil on vellum, and consist of linear arrangements that appear to float in space. No larger than 12" tall, his sculptures are a combination of wire, nickel silver, wood, gesso and paint with textures that vary from woven wire, spiky protrusions, diaphanous Japanese paper nets and smooth, non-referential wooden forms. A self-taught artist from Pasadena, California, he began his career as a photorealist painter, shifting his focus to pure abstraction in the late 1990s. Jay Kelly's work is in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; The British Museum, London, England; The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York, NY; The San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA; The Yale University Art Museum, New Haven, CT; and among many other private and public collections.
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