Authenticated by Jim Kempner Fine Art
Originally a photorealist painter, Jay Kelly employs the same obsessive and controlled elements with his drawings of acrylic, graphite, and gouache to create this series of 5 x 5 inch drawings on vellum. Seemingly spontaneous and unconscious, upon closer inspection these drawings reveal perfectly controlled lines and balance of asymmetrical forms. The drawings are like haikus, each a self-contained world of elegant lines and blurred dreamlike shapes. This collection moves from airy, soft hues to saturated colors, rich and robust over translucent vellum.
Influences range from 1950s Abstraction, Surrealism, 20th century architecture, jazz music from the 1950s and 60s, painting and graphic design from that period, and mid-century Scandinavian pottery, all of which get filtered through an idiosyncratic, yet eloquent aesthetic.
Jay Kelly’s work was included in New York/New Drawings, 1946-2007, works from the Sarah-Ann and Werner Kramarsky collection at Museo de Arte Contemporaneo Esteban Vicente in Segovia, Spain in 2009. His work was also included in What is a Line? Drawings from the Collection at Yale University Art Gallery, along with work by Richard Serra, Brice Marden, Carl Andre and others. Jay Kelly’s work is represented in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Brooklyn Museum, The British Museum, Yale University Art Gallery, Werner Kramarsky and many others. For information and visuals, please contact the gallery.