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Chris Kelly s ‘Eye Of The Storm’

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Chris Kelly working in his studio. LISA SCHAGERSTROM

Chris Kelly working in his studio. LISA SCHAGERSTROM

Chris Kelly

Chris Kelly "Interior 63." LISA SCHAGERSTROM

Chris Kelly

Chris Kelly "Interior 64." LISA SCHAGERSTROM

Chris Kelly

Chris Kelly "Interior 66." LISA SCHAGERSTROM

Chris Kelly's “The Eye of the Storm” installed at the Colm Rowan Fine Art gallery in East Hampton. COURTESY THE ARTIST

Chris Kelly's “The Eye of the Storm” installed at the Colm Rowan Fine Art gallery in East Hampton. COURTESY THE ARTIST

Chris Kelly's “The Eye of the Storm” installed at the Colm Rowan Fine Art gallery in East Hampton. COURTESY THE ARTIST

Chris Kelly's “The Eye of the Storm” installed at the Colm Rowan Fine Art gallery in East Hampton. COURTESY THE ARTIST

Chris Kelly's “The Eye of the Storm” installed at the Colm Rowan Fine Art gallery in East Hampton. COURTESY THE ARTIST

Chris Kelly's “The Eye of the Storm” installed at the Colm Rowan Fine Art gallery in East Hampton. COURTESY THE ARTIST

Chris Kelly's “The Eye of the Storm” installed at the Colm Rowan Fine Art gallery in East Hampton. COURTESY THE ARTIST

Chris Kelly's “The Eye of the Storm” installed at the Colm Rowan Fine Art gallery in East Hampton. COURTESY THE ARTIST

authorStaff Writer on May 30, 2022

After an inaugural Hamptons season in 2021 and a winter season with exhibitions at the Mark Borghi gallery in Sag Harbor and a solo show at the amArtHouse gallery in Connecticut, East End artist Chris Kelly has launched his second solo show at the Colm Rowan Fine Art gallery in East Hampton. The show opened with a reception on May 28, and will continue through Sunday, June 19.

The title of Kelly’s show, “The Eye of the Storm,” launches the 2022 season at Colm Rowan Fine Art. The exhibition is a further exploration of the “geometric abstracts” that Kelly is known for, sometimes described as “hard-edge minimalism.” It features all new paintings and sculptures created in the last year. The main focus of the show is large abstract canvases created with oil paints and pencil. Additionally, the exhibition will include never seen before works on paper created with acrylics and pencil, as well as abstract sculptures created in wood and metal.

Kelly’s artist statement is centered around the hidden geometry of nature — specifically, the Golden Ratio and the Fibonacci sequence.

“I believe that art should be, directly or indirectly, about the triumph of beauty and the human spirit,” Kelly said. “This is my philosophy, and my goal is to create artworks that bring beauty into the world. As I see it, creating art is a metaphor for how to approach living one’s life, both physically and conceptually — I observe, analyze, and reimagine many aspects of our natural world, and then reconfigure these deconstructed elements in the process of creating my art. I always like to seek out and discover how things are connected, and for this new series of artworks I am going deeper into the geometry of nature and exploring how it connects humanity to the natural world.”

Kelly’s work will be on exhibit at several additional locations throughout 2022 including: Lieber Collection Museum in East Hampton, Hamptons Fine Art Fair, Art Market Hamptons, amArtHouse gallery in Bantam, Conn., and Portico gallery in Soho, New York City.

Colm Rowan Fine Art Gallery is at 55 Main Street, East Hampton. Visit colmrowan.com for more information.

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