I did this piece with a new model, Ninon, at the Parc Monceau in Paris. The colorful Kimono stands out from the greenery, and the pensive expression of Ninon creates a stillness that is reflected in the water of the pond, creating an overall feeling of contemplation.  Please note, this painting has nails along the edges.  Framing is not required but may be preferred.

- John Kelly

Woman with Reflection

Oil painting on stretched canvas
Finished black edges
Ready to hang

Signed on back

28" h x 19.5" w x 1" d
9 lbs. 13 oz.



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.