Art On Duval II Key West
602 Duval St, Key West, FL 33040
Artist Kreg D. Kelley
Kreg D. Kelley is a self-taught Key West-based abstract artist who incorporates antique items such as sheet music, clock parts, engravings and other salvaged artifacts from the 19th & early 20th century into his unique portraits and detailed compositions. A master of resin and 3D texture, each piece is coated in an epoxy glaze, giving his work a glass-like appearance. His art has been featured in The Washington Post and TopCoat Magazine; and he has paintings in the collections of Juan Carlos I, the former King Of Spain, Actress Jane Lynch, Chef Gerry Garvin, former Senator Claire McCaskill, and NBA Coach Doc Rivers.
"I often use salvaged antique items from the 19th and early 20th century such as sheet music, piano parts, postcards, keys and clock parts and many other items to create abstract portraits and compositions. All of my work is coated in an epoxy resin, giving the artwork a glass-like appearance. The idea of taking an antique item and utilizing it into a work of art which will be enjoyed forever fascinates me. My passion for history and antiques is heavily expressed in my work, and I find that as an artist you need to be aware of the history of art and what has been done before; and then try to reinvent the wheel. One of my favorite artists, Jill Scott, said "I think, as an artist, you have to experience some deep turmoil, some kind of pain, because that's what connects you with the world. That's what makes it juicy!" --- and I could not agree more. Having lost my father at 16; a father who worked his entire life at a factory just like his own, made me realize that life is short--- and you should do what you LOVE. Creating art has always been a passion of mine, and I have been following that rhythm ever since.”