paints a magical world suffused with visual metaphor.
Challenging our perceptions of reality, Kelly’s artwork refuses to offertidy resolutions to the questions posed. Utilizing the formal elements
and techniques of old master paintings, Kelly constructs a enigmatic
world that confronts our penchant for the familiar. Transported
beyond stereotypical convention, Juan Kelly’s paintings mine the
fertile territory of our collective subconscious and introduce us to
layers of nuance and double entendres.
Metaphors and archetypes play a central role in Kelly’s painting.
Assembling an unlikely couterie of animals and settings, the artist
alludes to our subconscious experience as well as our keenest
moments of self-realization. Kelly’s use of archetypal imagery in
combination with masterful compositional motifs, catapults us into a
realm abundant with possibility. Kelly’s use of rich, jewel-like colors
saturate the fruit, foliage and drapery so often found in his work. In
his hands, paint is transformed into an ebullient luster, infusing each
element with a luscious sensuality.
Juan Kelly was born and grew up in Costa Rica and is currently
living in the US. He is highly esteemed in his native country where
his artwork is in major museums, including the Presidential
Collection. Over the last 30 years, Kelly has exhibited work
extensively throughout Europe, the United States and Latin America.
Kelly’s oil paintings can be found in over 300 private collections.