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Desiree Kelly

GROSSE ILE, MI, United States

Established portrait artist working and living in the Detroit area. Earning her B.F.A from Detroit's own Wayne State University, studying Graphic Design, Kelly was introduced to Oil Painting. Her love of portraiture was inspired by the environment of growing up on Eastside Detroit . She then developed her style of urban portraits. Her historically immersive portraits capture the essence of her subjects by including artifacts and phrases within the background of her pieces. She captures the true personality of her subject. Transforming classic portraiture to a new contemporary portraiture with oil paint, spray paint and collage. Her work can be experienced all over the Detroit area. Some pieces can be found in permanent and temporary public collections at Dpop, Kuzzo's restaurant, Royal Oak VFW Bldg, 2 buses for Detroit Bus Company, Spain Middle School Gymnasium as so much more! She has been represented by several galleries in the Detroit area which includes, Red Bull House of Art (Detroit), Inner State Gallery, Ann Arbor Art Center, Scarab Club, Crooked Tree & Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit. Her work has been featured at Charles H Wright Museum of African American Art and was awarded a residency for 5th cycle of Red Bull House of Art in 2013. Aside from gallery showings, she has been commissioned by The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Converse for mural work.

Desiree's ArtPrize Entries

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    Still I RISE

    2018 ArtPrize Entry Desiree Kelly
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Desiree's Past Work

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