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J W Kelly - Fine Artist

J W Kelly

Crawford, NE - United States








J W Kelly

Crawford, NE - United States

J W Kelly - Fine Artist

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About J W Kelly

Thanks for taking time to view my art, it's appreciated. J.W.Kelly is the moniker that appears on my paintings, art and studio, my full name is James Walter Kelly, Jr. For more info concerning my art concepts, click on my blogs.
The paintings and artwork I create expresses a variety of styles.I have learned and enjoyed many concepts and approaches to art over the years and it is reflected in the paintings.
Art is a process to create images which can be drawn upon from within or without oneself. That is the world around us we see with our eyes and the inner visions we see in our dreams, thoughts and our mind's eye.
Traditional subjects for painting require keen observation,academic skill and good knowledge of the subject. When doing this work, I plan ahead,sketch ideas,research and design the painting. Traditional subjects I find inspiring are: Nature, Wildlife,Western themes,Native Americans and Historical figures & events.
I also produce contemporary paintings which may be spontaneous or unpremeditated, I enjoy Abstract Expressionism, Impressionism,Cubism and some Surrealism. This type of art embraces metaphysical or transcendent thought and is not primarily concerned with literal or lifelike images. Many people lump all these styles together and call it Abstract. A term coined by art critics around 1920 that seems to have endured.
I prefer the term, 'Non Representational'.
Art Experimentation with paint is something I have enjoyed since the beginning. Experimenting brings action, excitement and new interest to the work. It can bring about new approaches,applications and techniques. I like to see accidents in paint as well as happenstance occurrences which inspire new procedures.
Art and life are one in the same. Art for many of us is a lifelong journey into self discovery. As for me art is a lifestyle and not just a vocation,hobby or the act of rendering pictures. Art and the human experience go hand in hand, Enjoy !
J. W. Kelly began serious art endeavors after graduating from the Center for Creative Studies (Detroit,MI) in 1969 earning a Bachelor of Fine Art degree and a senior year scholarship. J.W. has exhibited and sold paintings in galleries and shows in Detroit and Royal Oak, MI ,Denver, Manitou Springs and Woodland Park, CO.,venues in Nebraska and others. J.W. taught acrylic painting classes at the Denver Art Workshop, conducted private sessions as well as juried and judged art shows. J.W. recently exhibited a one man show containing traditional and contemporary original works at the Carnegie Arts Center, Alliance, NE from Oct. 2013 through Jan. 2014. He also exhibited three new paintings this Spring at the Carnegie Arts Center's 21st Anniversary Show and received an Honorable Mention. J.W. currently lives in the northwestern Nebraska panhandle in historic Crawford. For further info, instruction, commissions, demonstrations or consulting contact: or phone (308)665-1428

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Cowboy by J W Kelly


Spirit of St. Louis by J W Kelly


Standing Chief Red Cloud by J W Kelly


Windmill Sunset by J W Kelly


Red Cloud Oglala Lakota Chief by J W Kelly


Wisdom Tree by J W Kelly


Rain in the Face by J W Kelly


Road to Boulder by J W Kelly


Papoose Dancer by J W Kelly


Snowed-In 2 by J W Kelly


High Plains Sunset by J W Kelly


Lover's Leap Butte by J W Kelly


Bighorn Ram study 2011 by J W Kelly


The Buffalo by J W Kelly


Wild Bill Hickok by J W Kelly


Smiley Canyon Wash by J W Kelly


Tiger Swallowtail by J W Kelly


Kanzeon by J W Kelly


Ethiopian Woman by J W Kelly


Holy Man by J W Kelly


Peaceful Waters by J W Kelly


Sundown of 1876 by J W Kelly


Smiley Canyon Tree by J W Kelly


The Pythagoras Door by J W Kelly


Pythagoras Revisited by J W Kelly


Lame Coyote by J W Kelly


Heart Cave by J W Kelly


Potter's Wheel by J W Kelly


Medicine Woman by J W Kelly


Bob Dylan by J W Kelly


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Sitting Bull by J W Kelly


Phoenix Bird by J W Kelly


Lightning by J W Kelly


Migration by J W Kelly


Exodus by J W Kelly


Rain Racers by J W Kelly


Wind Dancer by J W Kelly


Fahrenheit 451 by J W Kelly


Hand Rolling by J W Kelly


Yates Cider Mill by J W Kelly


Quadrangle by J W Kelly


Moon Landing by J W Kelly


John Denver by J W Kelly


Bluesmen by J W Kelly


Wrangler circa 1880 by J W Kelly


Western Memories by J W Kelly


The Country Store by J W Kelly

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