Working with oil, acrylic, spray paint and collage, Todd Kelly engages a variety of styles and materials, employing quick, broad strokes as well as minute, obsessively repetitive marks. His paintings display layers of uncertainty, experimentation, and laborious work. He maintains a fluid unraveling of conscious choice, allowing the paintings to occur spontaneously in his studio. The meaning of the work delivered by its maker versus meaning conjured and rearranged by its viewer is the crux of Kelly's concerns, resulting in an essentially post-structuralist approach, wherein the viewer's journey has power over the creator's intent.
Originally from Michigan, Todd Kelly lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Kelly studied architecture before taking up painting. He earned an MFA at the School of Visual Arts and a B.A. at Anderson University, IN. Kelly lived in London from 2003 to 2006, where he worked at the National Portrait Gallery, and where his work was featured in numerous exhibitions. He has since been included in exhibitions in Ireland, New York, and New Mexico. His work was featured in an Artforum Critic's Pick, the London Times, the London Paper, and Beard and Brush, among others.