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Born in Scotland into a seafaring family, Kelly emigrated to Canada as a young boy. His experiences as a Merchant Marine seaman sailing off the coasts of Canada and Alaska would later be the subject of his art. His career as a musician included performing in nationally known performers The Echoes and The Dolphins and Don Ho. He returned to his art career, displaying precocious and prodigious talent and advancing quickly to study at the Art Center College of Design.

Kelly studied under and collaborated with Lynton Kisteler to produce unique maritime works which now reside in the Smithsonian Museum. Other famous series by Kelly include the Cargo & Steamship Series, Sea Odyssey, Homage to Turner and San Francisco series. His collectors have reached over 75,000 throughout the world.

Influenced by the rich tapestry of his life experiences and world travels, Kelly’s body of work is impressive in many ways, but especially in its far-reaching international scope. John was the first American artist to depict The People’s Republic of China in a lithographic suite. His numerous publications and shows have featured countries such as Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand and Tahiti. He supervised the printing of his first hardcover book by Collier Press at the famous Nissha printing village in Kyoto, Japan in 1984. He has printed at the prestigious Ettinger Atelier in New York, and with other noted studios worldwide.

A true renaissance man, John Kelly today is widely respected and honored for his past and present work as a painter, lithographer, multimedia artist, lecturer, instructor, and musician. He continues to lecture worldwide, and consult for numerous universities and art centers. He has received awards from the mayors of Atlanta and San Francisco, and was presented with the coat of arms of Glasgow, Scotland for his work of “Britain Revisited”. A former winner of the Quesnel Drawing Award, he was named one of the top 100 artists in America by American Artist magazine, and Best Artist of the Malibu Festival of Arts, Malibu, California. He is also a long-time Associate Member of the New York Pastel Society. Currently he resides in Los Angeles.

The below collection is only a sample of the Artist's complete offering.

 

American Light 16x20

Original Oil on Canvas and Limited Edition Giclee on Canvas

 

Arrival 18x24

Original Oil on Canvas and Limited Edition Giclee on Canvas

 

Children of Malibu Lake 16x20

Original Oil on Canvas and Limited Edition Giclee on Canvas

 

Lady Liberty 18x24

Original Mixed Media on Canvas and Limited Edition Giclee on Canvas

 

Lighthouse 14x18

Original Charcoal on Canvas and Limited Edition Giclee on Canvas

 

 

Nocturne 20x24

Original Oil on Canvas and Limited Edition Giclee on Canvas

 

Ship 14x18

Original Charcoal on Canvas and Limited Edition Giclee on Canvas

 

The Way We Were 18x24

Original Mixed Media on Canvas and Limited Edition Giclee on Canvas

 

Venice 20x24

Original Oil on Canvas and Limited Edition Giclee on Canvas

 

Where I Left My Heart 18x24

Original Oil on Canvas and Limited Edition Giclee on Canvas

 

 

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