Jody Kelly

Jody Kelly

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.
 

Careful What You Wish For © Jody Kelly

Careful What You Wish For © Jody Kelly

Yellowbeard © Jody Kelly

Yellowbeard © Jody Kelly

feed the duck © Jody Kelly

feed the duck © Jody Kelly

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. 

Work in progress © Jody Kelly

Work in progress © Jody Kelly

Wonder dud © Jody Kelly

Wonder dud © Jody Kelly

Toot Toot © Jody Kelly

Toot Toot © Jody Kelly

Honey Yellow Dreams © Jody Kelly

Honey Yellow Dreams © Jody Kelly

A Shameless Display © Jody Kelly

A Shameless Display © Jody Kelly

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

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