Curtis Kelly

     Curtis Kelly is a nationally recognized artist whose works have been featured in exhibitions and museums across the country, including the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT; the New England Museum for Contemporary Art, Brooklyn, CT; the Lincoln Center Cork Gallery in New York; Florida's Vero Beach Center for the Arts; and Buffalo, New York's Albright-Knox Art Gallery.
     She has had solo exhibits at the J.J. Brookings Gallery in San Francisco; the Ann Leonard Gallery in Woodstock, New York; Elaine Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, New York; Lighthouse Gallery, Tequesta, Florida; Cary Gallery, Rochester, Michigan; and the Robert and Mary Montgomery Armory Art Center in Palm Beach, among others.
     Her work has been featured in such publications as Where Magazine, New York; the New York Daily News, Palm Beach Daily News, and the "Arts & Leisure" section of The New York Times. She regularly shows at the Sherry French Gallery in Manhattan, which can be visited on the website: sherryfrenchgallery.com

    Curtis Kelly began painting in the 60s, when she moved to New York from Michigan. In the early 70s she moved to East Hampton, commuting between there and Manhattan.
     For the past ten years she has had a studio in Palm Beach, where she now does most of her work. She paints in both oil and gouache, in a style she calls "impressionistic realism," and her subjects range from still lifes to beach scenes to figurative paintings.
     Henry Riseman, Museum Director of the New England Center for Contemporary Art said of her work: "Curtis Kelly's brilliantly colored canvases communicate a powerful spontaneity and energy. She is one of the new wave of emerging painters on the art scene and her future should be a bright one."
     Renata Stein, Artist-in-Residence, Museum NECCA said of her work: "The skillfully rendered still life paintings by Curtis Kelly display the artist's mastery at its best. Painted in bold, luminous colors, the still lifes unfold against a background of intricate patterns, conveying a sense of exuberance and a celebration of life rarely found in modern painting today."
     The "Palm Beach Chic" Magazine printed: "Curtis Kelly's exquisite still lifes are bold and colorful, with a subtle off-kilter perspective that gives them a dynamic vibrancy. Her beach scenes project a casual insouciance that belies her carefully considered compositions."
 

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