Joan Marie Kelly

 Joan Marie Kelly   “Invisible Personas”

April 24 – May 19, 2018

  • Opening Reception    April 26,  5-8pm                    

  • Discussion: April 28, 2-3pm Joan Kelly will host a discussion titled: ‘Serving Community in a  Market-driven Culture of Mass Distractions”

  • Reception follows  April 28th discussion,  3-6pm

Our identity is our face, yet how unfair is it that we are the only ones that cannot see our own face. A doc­tor can open up our chest and see our heart but she cannot see our intensions nor can she see our thoughts. Kelly attempts to paint the invisible personas of the people she has worked and lived along-side during the last thirteen years of living outside of the USA. The intimacy of the encounters during her time spent in India is a tribute to the value of sustaining traditional practices. Her portraits of ten16-year-old girls in Moroccan prisons celebrates the true potential of young women. She narrates stories of human responsibility and conse­quences through her portraits of burnt 1500 year old forests of Tasmania.

Past Exhibitions at Blue Mountain Gallery

New Member Exhibition August 18 – 29, 2015

2011 Invitational Exhibition at Blue Mountain Gallery:  Zones of Conflict


Joan teaches at Nanyang Technological University, School of Art Design and Media in Singapore, since 2005.

She attended Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore and graduated Magna Cum laude with a BFA in Painting. Kelly received a MFA in Painting at Western Connecticut State. While in the USA besides painting many mural commissions, selling and exhibiting work, Kelly founded and directed an art studio for adults with disabilities. This studio is still successful today. Her introduction to Asia began in 1986 when she traveled to Indonesia carrying the pictures, letters and money from Indonesia foreign workers in New York to their families on Java. Presently, this thread has continued through portraits of people on the fringes of society in Asia. Her most recent exhibitions include solo exhibition at Blue Mountain Gallery New York City, titled, “The Public Art of Joan Kelly: Zones of Conflict, solo exhibition Oresman Gallery Smith College Mass. titled “Brothels of Rabindra Sarani, Portraits of Twenty Women” , and solo Exhibition title: “Initial Encounters” in the Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, Curator, Alka Pande, the 2012, Biennale D’Arte Internationale Di Roma, Sale del Bramante and group exhibition, and group exhibition “Women” Ahuja, Museum for the Arts, Kolkata India, Curator Anvita Singh

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