Artist Bio, Resume and Statement

Artist Bio

Kelly Lynn is a self-taught abstract artist specializing in oil pastels and has been painting since 2004.  Originally from Northern Michigan, her main source of inspiration, and the spirit behind her present artwork, comes from nature and the cyclical patterns of the seasons that she’s loved since childhood. 

She emphasizes texture and color in her work by blending planes of oil pastels with solely her hands across the canvas.  Nature’s influence can be seen throughout her works with her signature vortexes, eliciting the ebb and flow of emotional currents one feels when surrounded by nature.  A superb colorist, Kelly’s pieces manage to soothe and excite simultaneously.

Kelly continues to evolve her technique, experimenting with new mediums and giving back to the community with Art Therapy workshops.  Recently, she has shown at Art Basel Miami, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, HUD Gallery, the Armory NYC, signed with an Italian Art Consultancy firm and has had several Live Painting performances in the USA & Canada.


Art Resume

2018

Love Matters Group Show, IVAN Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2017

Group Art Show #CorporateArt - Incinque Open Art Monti, Rome, Italy

Alchemizing A Human Conceptual Installation, Grand Rapids, MI

Live Painting, Avenue For The Arts Grand Rapids, MI ~ December 2017

2016

Parallax Art Fair - Venice Arts 2016, California

Live Painting Performances with the Venice SymphonyOrchestra @ Bergamot Station - Santa Monica, CA

2015

Chaos Theory Group Show - Orange County Center for Contemporary Art

HUD Gallery

Lab Art Show, Vancouver + Live Painting

LACDA Snap To Grid Photography Show

2014

Armory NYC

Art Therapy Classes w/ Anne Douglas Center for Women

Italian Art Consultancy

Bruce Lurie Gallery

2013

SCOPE Miami Beach 12/3-12/8, in tandem with Art Basel

Saatchi Online

Turning Art

Vango Art

Twenty20 Photography

2012

Team One Gallery, El Segundo, CA

Modernism Week, Palm Springs, CA

Art Auction, Beyond Baroque, Venice, CA

2011

James Grey Gallery, Bergamot Station, CA

Group Show, Hollywood, CA

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk

2010

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk

Private Collector

2009

Levitt Pavilions GALA Charity Event

CAA Young Hollywood Charity Event

Commissioned Public Installation, Samitaur Constructs

Group Art Show, Hollywood, CA

2008

Fashion Show Fundraiser - hand painted textiles, Beverly Hills, CA

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk

Cosmic Event - painting, photography & fabric installation, Los Angeles, CA

Private Collector

2007

Private Collector

2006

5 painting series for Douglas Emmett

2005

Solo Show - Santa Monica, CA

Charity Auction for RSDS

Solo Show - Beverly Hills, CA

2004

Private Collector


Artist Statement

Creativity began as a healing tool for me, and remains as such. The reality I was born into left me in constant thirst for something I could not define. Nothing in the external could satisfy the consistent restlessness that occupied my emotions and took over my mind. Through creative expression, art, I found an outlet allowing me to viscerally interact with this unknowing thirst. The journey led me through mania, depression, financial loss, self inflicted isolation, failed relationship patterning, an inability to define my core/home which led to a deconstruction of personal identity and acknowledgment of self. 

I went on a creative journey and found my self in the process. It took nearly 15 years, and every second of it was worth it. Art, to me, is a tool to unbiasedly communicate with an internal state of emotions, thoughts, spiritual journey of the soul. I believe there are things in this world that are beyond our mental comprehension. I have discovered mind blowing coincidences/synchronicities that have made me question every thing I was ever taught. I prefer this way of being. It is a choice.

Art has opened up a world of possibility, potential and limitless imagination that has led me to find passion, magic and joy. At the end of the day, for someone to approach me and ask to have a painting I’ve created from that journey/space in their own home and share the emotions of which it connects to in them is a gift I only found in dreams. I am in awe each time and it is the purest of connections I enjoy the most. 

Art is Love. Self Love. Love of Life. Love of Play. Love of Discovery. Love of Adventure. Pure love that has redefined my entire life. Thank you for sharing the journey. 


Certifications & Qualifications

Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Central Michigan University

Reiki II Certified

Self-Taught Artist since 2004