Jody Kelly, born 1973, is a self-taught artist. With a background in illustration and digital design, Jody has been painting seriously since 2010 working in acrylic on figurative and portrait work, that portrays a strong narrative thread. The approach he has to his paintings is to create snap shots from life that, when taken out of context and displayed as a piece of art, capture an unusual moment in time that is surreal, but not unreal.
His new series of works explore modern society and how consumerism, fame, self-obsession and greed have replaced religious imagery in our modern world. Borrowing images of religious iconography and advertising then mixing them up and re-constructing them into something else. The ripped paper style shows the seams and methodology as to how they have been put together and this is a reference to how clever we think we all are in this information age.
Jody doesn’t think that art can change the world directly, but it does have the ability to reflect the world back to us and in its own way makes us question our domain.
You can see Jody's latest paintings at Cresswell lane in Glasgow as part of Art Pistol's Christmas group show from mid November 2014 until January 2015. The is opening on Thursday 13th Nov at 5.30, and normally gallery opening times after that - Wed-Fri 10-5.30 and Sat-Sun 11-5pm.
To see more of Jody's work visit: jodykelly.weebly.com
Article by April Jarocka