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Well known Portland artist Lee Kelly opens Pavilion, an exhibition featuring new large scale sculpture in welded stainless steel, at Elizabeth Leach Gallery, on view March 13 - April 26, 2014. Creating ambitiously scaled sculpture in Cor-Ten and stainless steel, Lee Kelly’s works often bear the influence of the artist’s extensive travel experiences. For Pavilion, Kelly interweaves the forms and narratives of Nepal, one of his favorite destinations, with his distinctive “goddess” figures. These goddesses, representing Kelly’s longtime interest in mythology, seem to inhabit the sculptural structures.
Additionally, after a 50-year hiatus from painting, Lee Kelly recently started working with oil paint on canvas again. A significant figure working as an abstract expressionist painter in Portland in the 1950s and early 1960s, Kelly has returned to painting, bringing his experience of 50 years as a sculptor to the new paintings. His new paintings will be on view as part of the gallery’s Pavilion show March 13 - 29.
Part of what inspired Lee Kelly to return to painting after such a long break was his major retrospective at the Portland Art Museum in 2010 in which his early paintings from the 1950s and early 1960s were displayed alongside his sculpture. During this exhibition, the museum created this video interviewed with Lee Kelly in his studio discussing his 50-year career, his art, and what inspires his creative process.
Be sure to stop by Elizabeth Leach Gallery to see the newest work by Lee Kelly!