My work is primarily an exploration of materials in an effort to create images of lasting conceptual and emotional effect. I utilize a wide variety of mediums and techniques that have developed organically from hours of experimentation. My process, which involves the layering and removal of a variety of material and the simultaneous revealing and covering of visual information is informed by the collage techniques of early-mid Modernist painters such as Picasso, Motherwell, and Krasner.
I am also interested in mark-making as a method of exploring the inherent tension between opposites such as Euclidian/Platonic, organic/geometric, painting/drawing, etc. As an abstract painter, engaging in a cultural dialogue is also a concern. Therefore, the shared human experience as well as perception itself is always primary subjects.
Bio: Jake Kelley was born and raised in Chattanooga, TN. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where he received a B.F.A. in painting and drawing and a Master’s degree in Education. Jake has exhibited widely and received many awards in his hometown, which is recognized as an important cultural hub of the “new south”. He was recognized as the “best emerging artist 2008” at the nationally acclaimed Four Bridges Art Festival.
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