There are formative energies that govern the natural shapes of both living and non-living matter, in dimensions that range from the microscopic to the cosmic. These energies come together first by a mutual attraction and then by superimposing themselves on each other. Everything that is created in our universe begins with this process of superimposition – everything from the formation of cells, to embryos, seeds, and the shapes of sea shells, to the movement of tides, hurricanes, and even galaxies. From observing these processes of nature I take the basic shapes and transform them through the process of painting. The curving, rhythmic forms converge on each other, spinning and intertwining in charged, kinetic systems. Through this process of paint moving through tension and charge, expansion and contraction, my own interpretation of these natural shapes and movements evolve into abstract forms on the canvas.
In addition to his original oil paintings and ink drawings, Chris Kelly also spends his time as an in-house artist for the Office of T.W. Despont in New York City, a fine art, architecture, and interior design firm. He has traveled throughout the western hemisphere and Europe to work on fine arts projects, painting murals and building sculptures in places ranging from London, to the Bahamas, to Buenos Aires. During this time he has developed his new abstract paintings that are shown on this website. Though born in Manhattan, Chris was raised in East Hampton, Long Island. The once quiet, rural community nurtured his early interest in the arts and he gained much inspiration from the natural beauty of the area. While in college Chris explored various fields of study including fine arts, literature, and architecture. After graduating he worked in the independent film business and then journeyed through mainland Asia for an extended period of time before returning to the U.S. to start his career as an artist. Chris currently lives and works in New York City.