Our World in Translation
Reception: Saturday, September 10th, 2022 from 12:00pm – 3:00pm
An image list is available here.
Note: the exhibition has been extended to October 22, 2022
The world we see comes in flashes, and then it becomes an imperfect icon, an image that helps retrieve a memory but a memory that changes a little each time we revisit it. What is awareness of then, and what is it now? The urge to reach out and touch it can be called drawing and the urge to freeze it in time is universal. The more often we revisit a memory, the less it is what we thought it was, and the more it takes on the aspect of how we are always changing. Kelley’s motifs are landscapes and still lives, often becoming icons in the language of the mind shared between the artist and the viewers.
Brian Kelley attended art school at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY (BFA in Graphic arts 1968) and immigrated to Canada in 1970. After various teaching positions in Ontario, he went to Japan in 1980 to study woodcut printing. Due to an affinity for the outdoors, Kelley’s work primarily concentrates on landscapes. He works across various printmaking techniques, including woodcut, etching and lithography, and painting and drawing. His work is housed in numerous private, corporate and public collections in North America and abroad, including the National Gallery of Canada, IBM Canada, the Art Gallery of Hamilton and the National Museum in Warsaw, Poland. He has also taught workshops at Open Studio, the PEI Printmakers Association and the Art Gallery of Ontario.
Brian Kelley is a long-time member of Open Studio and held the position of Etching Director from 1975 to 1979.