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Pete Kelly

I have been exhibiting Fine Art Photography in Galleries such as Robin Rice Gallery in New York and 707 Contemporary, Santa Fe since 1998.

Review provided by 'New York Artworld' magazine, 2004:

"Kelly blurs the line between photography and painting. His subject matter, ranging from images of the natural world (flora and fauna), to urban and residential landscapes, focuses on the individual's place in a given environment as expressed by his or her body language.
For example, in the work, 'Beach Kids', Kelly depicts a beach in Newport, California, in which the shore's wide expanse of yellow sand is divided by a white line of froth from the band of grey ocean; This in turn is divided by the horizon from the immense, grey-blue sky."

"Treeblur', Prospect Park, Brooklyn, the lone figure, arms crossed, stands between two trees, shot in silhouette, out of focus with a leaf skeleton suspended to equilibrium across the shoulder. The figure appears to be meditating, the trees are barren, and the light wrapping around the figure dramatically alters the shape reducing it to a minimal, almost abstract form."

This is an excerpt from the press release from my fourth solo show at Robin Rice Gallery in September, 2010 - "Pete Kelly's latest show evokes memory through strong associative, emotional and surreal imagery, stretching reality toward a timeless fantasia. Through his collection, Kelly invites viewers to not only bear witness to the moments he has captured in frame, but provides tangible windows of access in each piece, rousing their faded cache of memories and permitting them to relive each experience as if it were their own".

My work is in the following Permanent Photographic Collections: Dow & Jones, Sloan-Kettering, Bloomingdales, Macy's, Polo Ralph Lauren, The Connaught Hotel, Williamsburg Art & Historical Society, Jerry Bruckheimer, Ken Jones Jr Fine Art and many other private collectors.

My photographs represent a collaboration of ideas in the camera and the computer, utilizing photographic and digital techniques, arriving at a point which reflects the Dadaist concept 'Photography as the Art of the Found'. My images are rarely staged, they may be photographically manipulated for example photographing the subject out of focus, or digitally manipulated, by layering images or textures together for a conceptual purpose.
However the images were found to exist as they were represented in the viewfinder of the camera at that moment in time.

The textural or painterly effect, which I create by layering photographs of found textures such as close-ups of stone walls, brush strokes on canvas or scratches on photographic film, the 'spontaneity' in the texture reinforces the Dadaist 'Found Object as Art' concept.

To layer a brushstroke, grainy or scratchy image on top of a pristine photograph, degrading the image and breaking fundamental photographic rules is important in my work as an artist, to communicate the medium in an alternative way, to provoke memory in the viewer by offering nostalgic references in the brushstroke or scratch, paying homage to painter's like Turner and Constable and Giacometti.
Ultimately, I strive to create a cohesive body of work which encompasses a broad range of styles, from the large depth of field (sharp focus) scenes in Cityscapes and Landscapes, to the shallow depth of field (out of focus) in the abstract images, shot in silhouette, where the textural layers take on a more prominent role.

I have taught Photoshop I & II and Digital Imaging in private tuition and at The New School University in New York, 2000-2002.

The Printing and Finishing process is the final stage of my work, which employs the latest Archival Pigment, Inkjet technology. The images are printed on 315 gsm Smooth Fine Art, Cotton Rag Watercolour paper and coated with U.V Varnish in Limited Editions of 25.

Pete has been involved in the 'digital revolution'
since it's inception, adapting and combining photographic
and darkroom techniques digitally. In 1999 he won a silver
award at the 'New York Festivals' advertising awards, for a
series of images. In 2000 he taught 'Digital Imaging' at
'The New School' in New York City.


Pete Kelly was born in Cumbria, NW England in October, 1966.
Son of military man and grew up in Germany with British Forces Schools.
Introduced to the fundamentals of photography in 1984, by completing
a six month ‘YTS’ [Internship] course in Photography at the ‘Royal Air Force Photographic Unit’ Wildenrath.

Pete moved to U.K to study Graphic Design and graduated from Stockport College in 1986 completing
a BND in Graphic Design/Advertising'.
Pete then moved to the U.S.A in 1987, and stayed until 2002, living in West Palm Beach Florida,
Kansas City Missouri, Brooklyn New York & Upstate, New York as well as extensive roadtrips
to the Southwest especially Santa Fe, New Mexico.
The decision to explore the United States has benefited Pete greatly as a visual artist.

Permanent Photographic Collections:

- 'The Dow & Jones', New York.
- 'Sloan-Kettering' New York.
- 'Robin Rice Gallery’, Manhattan, New York.
- Bloomingdales, New York, San Francisco, Washington D.C.
- Polo Ralph Lauren, New York, Paris, London.
- Macy's, New York.
- Ken Jones Jr Fine Art, New York.
- Jerry Bruckheimer, Kentucky, USA.
- The Connaught Hotel, London.
- 'Williamsburg Art & Historical Society’, New York.
- '707 Contemporary', Santa Fe, New Mexico.
- 'Aspen International Art', Aspen, Colorado.
- 'Carrie Haddad Gallery’, Hudson, New York.
- 'Keeshan's Fine Art’, Kansas City, Missouri.
- ‘Gallery 22’, Hale, Cheshire, U.K
- ‘Calvin Charles Gallery’ Scottsdale, Arizona.
- ‘Lunar Boy Gallery’ Astoria, Oregon.

Solo Exhibitions:

1997 - Red Chair Gallery, Kansas City, MO.
2002 - Robin Rice Gallery, Manhattan, NY.
2002 - Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY.
2002 - '707 Contemporary' Santa Fe, New Mexico.
2004 - Robin Rice Gallery, Manhattan, NY.
2005 – ‘Lunar Boy Gallery’ Astoria, Oregon.
2005 – ‘Calvin Charles Gallery’, Scottsdale, Arizona.
2005 – 'Marziart Internationale’ Hamburg.
2006 – ‘Robin Rice Gallery’, New York, N.Y
2007 – LondonArt, London, U.K
2008 – Corner Gallery, Epsom, London, U.K
2008 – The Crowne Estate, Windsor Gt Park Conservatory Gallery, U.K
2009 - Jarva Gallery, Whalley Bridge, Peak District.
2010 - Milk Gallery, Rose Charities, New York.
2010 – Robin Rice Gallery, Greenwich Village, New York.