60 Figurative Paintings By Canadian Artist Paul Kelley

Paul Kelley Painting

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Paul Kelley Painting

Paul Kelley is a Canadian artist, born in Nova Scotia in 1955. He took his academic studies at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick from 1973 to 1975.

Paul lives in LaHave, Nova Scotia with his wife and family. He enjoys spending time with family and friends, running, kayaking, and working on their 100 year old house and property.

His quiet lifestyle belies Paul’s acute sense of the elements of fundamental beauty and sensuous allure. Paul understands the subtle difference between “sensual beauty”, and “sexual eroticism”. For an image to be sensuous simply means that it appeals to the eye and the heart. That understanding, combined with Paul’s expertise in composing the elements of his paintings within the parameters of his canvas, make Paul Kelley’s art, uniquely powerful, and appealing.

Paul’s art is a labor of love. Each realistic painting is the result of hundreds of hours of work involving the careful manipulation of light and form, colour and composition, to create an image which is passionate and alluring. Whether the subject is a marine art or a young woman in high heels, the result is a balanced image which is both powerful and yet serene, mysterious yet inviting. Whether or not the piece is sensual art by subject, the result is a painting which is sensuous art in it’s essential form.

Paul Kelley Major Exhibitions

    • Gallery Moos, Toronto, Ontario, 2011 (solo)
    • Gallery Moos, Toronto, Ontario, 2011
    • Cornwell Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, 1993 (solo)
    • Drabinsky Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, 1992
    • Roberts Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, 1991 (solo)
    • Roberts Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, 1989 (solo)
    • Roberts Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, 1987 (solo)
    • Gallery 1667, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 1986 (solo)
    • Roberts Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, 1985 (solo)
    • Shell Atlantic, Calgary, Alberta, 1982
    • Gallery 1667, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 1981 (solo)

Paul Kelley Selected Collections

    • Montagu and June Black, Toronto
    • John Clark, former President, Toronto Stock Exchange
    • John Bragg, Chairman, President, CEO, Oxford Frozen Foods, Eastlink Communications
    • Gerald Connor, CEO, Cumberland Asset Management, Toronto
    • Kenneth Copland, former Vice-Chairman of BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc.
    • Crown Life Insurance, Toronto
    • Craig Dobbin, Chairman, Canadian Helicopters
    • George Enns, founder, Enns Partners Inc., Toronto
    • Inter Art bv, Rotterdam
    • Douglas MacKay, Partner, Dominion Securities
    • Dundee Corporation, Toronto
    • Prentice Jay McNeilly, President, Eagle Corporation, Virginia
    • Senator Wilfred Moore, Chester, Nova Scotia
    • Newcourt Credit Group, Toronto
    • Red Path Mining, North Bay, Ontario
    • Richard Thomas Gallery, San Francisco
    • Royal Bank of Canada
    • Roberts Gallery, Toronto
    • John Risley, President and CEO, Clearwater Fine Foods
    • Silva Shipping, Lisbon
    • Michael Waring, Co-founder , Galileo Equity Management

 

Paul Kelley is a Nova Scotia artist who’s figurative paintings, and Nova Scotia art is collected by individuals and corporations throughout Canada and the world.

“I hope that throughout my career I have been able to please many people with my paintings, and that my figurative art has been particularly pleasurable for people who understand that the qualities of sensual beauty that I instill in this art subject are just that. I have always regarded this work as a celebration of the female form and commentary on woman’s commanding visual presence in our world, in addition to their humanity and intellect. I believe that it is important to appreciate beauty as an end in itself. It is as simple as being able to stop and regard the beauty of sunrise before a hectic day; and as complicated as overcoming our preconditioning to desire to see more than what we see. Allegory and metaphor exist in my artwork, but the beauty and grace of the female form in my artwork is intended to convey just that.”

On Being An Artist

I grew up in a small town in Nova Scotia. Art was not a part of our existence and aside from a pair of charcoal drawings, and a group of coloured etchings that my grandfather brought home with him from Belgium in 1918, the only original art in our home was what we brought home from school in our book bags. Yet, for whatever reason, the need to create was always with me. I can recall thinking how absolutely silly it was when relatives would tell me that my artistic talent must have come from a distant ancestral cousin who painted. I may not have known much at the time, but I knew for a fact that my dearly departed ancestor had nothing to do with it; it grew from inside of me, and was being fed by how I viewed my world.

Except for a short stint of wanting to be a cowboy at age 5, I have always wanted a be an artist; or, I have always been an artist whether I wanted to be, or not. It seems to have been more a case of art choosing me than the other way around, and throughout my life it has been a constant beacon, providing hue and value to most of my visual, as well as spiritual and philosophical perceptions.

I hope that throughout my career I have been able to please many people with my paintings, and that my figurative art has been particularly pleasurable for people who understand that the qualities of sensual beauty that I instill in this art subject are just that. I have always regarded this work as a celebration of the female form and commentary on woman’s commanding visual presence in our world, in addition to their humanity and intellect. I believe that it is important to appreciate beauty as an end in itself. It is as simple as being able to stop and regard the beauty of sunrise regardless of what the rest of the day has in store; and as complicated as overcoming our preconditioning to desire to see more than what we see. Allegory and metaphor exist in my artwork, or at least I hope they do, but the beauty and grace of the female form in my artwork is intended to convey just that.

Paul W. Kelley

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