Working in oil, spray paint, and collage, Todd Kelly creates geometric, painterly, and textured paintings. He often extrapolates successive degrees of abstraction from an initial figurative approach, such as a still life or Old Master painting. His canvases are meant to hang in groups that can be endlessly rearranged to create a sort of puzzle imagined by the viewer, resulting in an experience where the viewer's journey supersedes the creator's intent. Influences range from Dutch 17th-century painting, old wallpapers, and patterns in illuminated manuscripts, to graphic design and digital forms of experimentation.
Exhibited at The National Portrait Gallery, London
Reviewed by Artforum