PORTFOLIO: Todd Kelly

Like Julian Kreimer, Todd Kelly embraces both representation and abstraction in his painting practice. At Asya Geisberg Gallery (today is the last day), Kelly captures the zeal of a beginning painting student who is just learning all the impressive things that paint can do—but with considerably more skill and energetic curiosity.  “It is a mind game; I want to find a connection, I want there to be magic, I want it so desperately and then it begins to actually happen,” Kelly says. “I am forced to question whether I am chancing upon a great new truth or forcing it into being.”

Todd Kelly, Untitled Abstract Painting 17, 2012, oil and spray paint on canvas, 24 x 18 inches.
Todd Kelly, TK01, 2012, spray paint on canvas, 24 x 18 inches. Photography by Etienne Frossard
Todd Kelly, Melon 2, 2012, oil on canvas, 24 x 18 inches.
Todd Kelly, After Van Aelst 1, 2012, oil on canvas, 24 x 18 inches. Photography by Etienne Frossard
Todd Kelly, Untitled Abstract Painting 14, 2012, oil on canvas, 24 x 18 inches.
Todd Kelly, Untitled Abstract Painting 23, 2012, oil on canvas, 24 x 18 inches.
Todd Kelly, TK020, 2011, spray paint on canvas, 24 x 18 inches.
Todd Kelly, Untitled Abstract Painting 24, 2012, oil on canvas, 24 x 18 inches. Photography by Etienne Frossard
Todd Kelly, Grid Painting 1, 2012, oil on canvas, 24 x 18 inches. Photography by Etienne Frossard

 Todd Kelly at Asya Geisberg, installation view.


“Todd Kelly: My Own Personal Rebus,” Asya Geisberg, Chelsea, New York, NY. Through March 9, 2013. Stop by the gallery for brunch TODAY 11-1pm.

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