I wanted the model to challenge the viewer here. Rather than being a submissive object, she is confident, even threatening, despite her nudity and her kneeling. She smiles as if seeing through the viewer, or rather seeing something in the viewer that confirms her superiority.

This piece is on a gallery wrapped canvas and the painting continues around the sides. The work comes varnished and wired to hang.

- John Kelly

Kneeling Geisha
JOHN KELLY


Oil painting on stretched canvas



One-of-a-kind
Signed on back
2014

30" h x 24" w x 1.5" d
5 lbs. 0 oz.

$2,450

SHIPS FREE



Artist
John Kelly
Boulogne, 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.