Part of John's Dancer series, offering a private view of two dancers between performances. The dark background heightens the intimacy between the two dancers as they prepare. A warm orange light emerges from the bottom, while a cool blue light descends from above, meeting at the eye line of the woman in back, creating an atmosphere that is both cool and warm.

- John Kelly

Dancers, Orange and Blue
JOHN KELLY


Oil painting on stretched canvas
Finished black edges
Varnished and Ready to hang

One-of-a-kind
Signed on back
2019

18" h x 12.75" w x .5" d
1 lbs. 4 oz.

$2,000

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Artist
John Kelly
Paris, France

Getting to Know John

John was born in Paris and grew up in New York. He attended the School of Visual Arts in the 1980s and participated in the East Village art scene at the time, showing at 301 Houston Street Gallery and Ground Zero Gallery. His work was mainly influenced by the Abstract Expressionists and the German Expressionists, but that changed when he saw a Balthus retrospective at the Met in 1983. His work became figurative, and has remained so ever since. Today, he works with several models, and they’ve become active collaborators in his art. “Allowing them to be creative helps me,” he says. John’s paintings live between the realms of classicism and modernity. He painstakingly renders his models with the precision traditionally reserved for the world’s wealthy and powerful, but his subjects are like you and me. As viewers, we see intimate moments of self-reflection and vulnerability. The figures are so close to the surface, it feels like you are part of the incredibly charged scene.