Jay Kelly is an American artist who creates portraits and imagery from vintage magazines, novels and art books.
Kelly's love for collecting and assembling has resulted in mixed media pieces that fuse photography, print, found object and text with oil paint. Due to the use of vintage and found pieces his work can feel dated and nostalgic but he often glazes his works with lacquer and varnish to create a sheen a class between old and new.
Kelly layers scraps of aged paper, muted imagery and bold hits of paint for texture and depth. He ties all these elements together with stenciled words and clippings of found text that serve to open up the narrative possibilities of the image, telling stories of memories and dreams, love and heartbreak, achievements and expectations.
In Kelly's words 'I believe we experience common emotions. I strive to tap into these shared feelings to push viewers beyond merely relating to an image but to call them ultimately to feel something inside that is real.'
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