Echoes of the Past, Design Art

Paul Kelly

February 16 - March 14, 2013

Echoes of the Past, Design Art

Paul Kelly’s drawing and paintings add to the lineage of historical works that have become the international hallmark of Canadian painting and drawing. His subjects and processes reference the work of the Group of Seven, Charles Goldhamer, Doris McCarthy, Virginia Luz and Bob Ross. And though Kelly’s practice is often a sincere, invested stylistic homage to these influences, it also suggests a contemporary inquiry into the place of representational painting in culture today.

Like his renowned landscape paintings and watercolours of dilapidated scenes of Northern Ontario and Quebec’s modernist past, the works included in Paul Kelly: Echoes of the Past, Design Art also allude to a deconstruction of histories – art and design histories and personal histories: aging barns and abandoned bridges are placed amongst domestic objects in colour and form that also suffer the revisions and ravages of time. Kelly acknowledges the contemporary suspicion of modernist traditions of form and skill while employing those same methods to draw and paint the common objects. Through fractures in design and composition, bright planes and juxtaposition of colour, and stylized patterns of hue consciously placed to simultaneously supply and deny visual depth that takes on one or three social statements, Kelly’s design art are constructed to narrate through form and space. These pieces tell the story of common domestic objects showing their status on their own merit. In these works the individual elements exist within their own space, while at the same time occurs within a larger space.

Paul Kelly’s interpretation highlights the momentary brilliance and ephemeral nature of not only each design but the entirety of the compositions.

This exhibition will be shown in the WKP Kennedy Gallery's Gallery I Space. 

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