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b. 1960

Resides Covington, KY

He studied at the Art Academy of Cincinnati and received his BFA in 1987. He moved to New York in 1988 and was a studio assistant to Tom Wesselmann for almost six years. In 2000 he was awarded the Al Smith Artists Fellowship by the Kentucky Arts Council. 

Kevin T. Kelly’s paintings are a wry, complex admixture of sardonic social commentary, the six o’clock news and the Sunday funnies. His work is infused with a postmodern sensibility and contemporaneous subject matter.  Allowing for open-ended lines of query and interpretation without the burdensome weight of didactic pretense. Kelly’s paintings have appeared on the cover of New American Paintings in 2000 and 2003 and are featured in numerous public and private collections both in the United States and abroad, including Breitling S.A., The Kinsey Institute, Procter and Gamble and most recently a collaboration with fashion designer, Robert Graham.

Want to read more about Kevin T. Kelly? Check out this exclusive In Studio With where we ask the artist about his guilty pleasures, favorite artists, and what is was like living in New York City as a studio assistant for Tom Wesselmann.

You can also order KTK's signed, limited edition zine featuring his latest series, Kicking Against the Pricks, here.

Cognitive Dissent, acrylic on canvas, 54 x 65


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