Kelly Olsen

                                                        The Artist

Kelly Olsen has been creating for over 40 years while living and working in a dozen countries, several States - and is currently based in South Texas.  His first mentor was his father - a skilled carpenter who was as humorous as he was creative.  Carpentry, and his father’s teachings revealed the joys of creating and being lost in the moment.  Olsen’s primary art influences are:  Elegant precision and inherent beauty of geometry in nature; the Genius M. C. Escher; and the mind-expanding concept of Infinity. 

 

                                                        The Work

Olsen only uses rudimentary, hand-held, analog tools and processes.  His meditation paced; “one-space-at-a-time” painting technique, meticulously builds individual cells into coherent organisms.  His compositions routinely juxtapose traditional rivals, such as:  Utility and Beauty; Math and Art; Bounded Forms and Unbounded Infinity.  His value gradation techniques are a passion - and signature element.

Kelly Olsen’s work is captivating from beginning to end.  Viewers are encouraged to set aside daily worries and become lost in the moment as they absorb calculated iterative shapes, vibrant color-palettes, and the occasional optical illusion.  His compositions appear to exit the edges of the worked surface, inviting viewers to ponder When, Where - or If - the colors and forms will come to an end.

Come along.  Embrace the distraction.

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'Blue Sphere with Light Blue and Green'
12" x 16"

Acrylic Ink on paper birch plywood
'Field of Sunflowers through the Kaleidoscope'
16" x 18.5"
Acrylic Ink on paper birch plywood

$1800

$2000

'African Violets through the Kaleidoscope'
16'' x 18.5''
Acrylic Ink on paper birch plywood

$2000

'Sun, Sea, Surf through the Kaleidoscope'
16'' x 18.5''
Acrylic Ink on paper birch plywood

$2000