Carolyn Kelley
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Studio Member since 2008

b. 1983

Over the years Carrie has built a portfolio of work that spans many emotions, feelings and sensory experiences.

“Sometimes, I can make art. Sometimes, I like acrylic paint. Sometimes, watercolors. Lime paper. Brown bear is brown sugar. White cat stuffed animal.”

Kelley’s work can be viewed as a window into her personal experiences, allowing viewers to see what she sees, feel what she feels and discover what is most important to her. Using markers, colored pencils and watercolors, her work evolves in layers of impulsive mark-making and washes. Spend a few minutes looking and one will see records of her days and her emotions, one on top of another. Words appear on top of the layers, and recede underneath, drawing the viewer in to try to solve the puzzle, to search for clues.

“This line, this line, this line, this line. It’s all very complicated.”

Kelley’s work was featured in the 2017 exhibition Good Vibrations at Circle Contemporary.

Pink Pigs, 2014
mixed medium
24" x 18"
Untitled, 2019
Colored Pencil
12" x 9"
Untitled, 2019
Oil Pastels
12" x 9"
Untitled, 2019
Oil Pastels
15" x 11"
Untitled, 2019
Oil Pastels
12" x 9"
Untitled, 2019
Oil Pastels
12" x 9"
Untitled, 2019
Oil Pastels
12" x 9"
I Gave Back Your Red Pants, 2016
Oil pastel on panel
15" x 11"
Butterfly, 2014
mixed medium
8" x 8"
Untitled, 2019
Oil Pastels
12" x 9"
Magenta Cat, 2014
mixed medium
14" x 11"
Room Lifey, 2015
mixed medium
16" x 11"
The Answer Like Pajamas, 2019
Oil Pastels
12" x 9"
Take Care of Mooses, 2016
Watercolor
17" x 14"
Grandma Lou, 2014
mixed medium
14" x 11"
It’s Only a Hood, 2018
mixed medium
14" x 11"
Blanket, 2016
Crayon
17" x 14"
Films of Things (Boss), 2019
Oil Pastels
9" x 12"
Like a Fake God, 2019
Oil Pastels
9" x 12"
Shampoo, 2016
Watercolor
10" x 8"
Untitled, 2019
Oil Pastels
18" x 12"
Untitled, 2019
mixed medium
18" x 12"
Untitled, 2019
Oil Pastels
15" x 11"
Untitled, 2019
Oil Pastels
18" x 12"
With Plaster, 2019
Oil Pastels
12" x 9"
August Artist of the Month
Circle Contemporary - 2019
Inside the Box
OPEN Gallery - 2019
City Clerk Office
City Hall - 2018
Chicago Studio Award Show
Circle Contemporary Gallery - 2017
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Pink Pigs, 2014
mixed medium
24" x 18"
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Untitled, 2019
Colored Pencil
12" x 9"
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Untitled, 2019
Oil Pastels
12" x 9"
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Untitled, 2019
Oil Pastels
15" x 11"
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Untitled, 2019
Oil Pastels
12" x 9"
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Untitled, 2019
Oil Pastels
12" x 9"
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Untitled, 2019
Oil Pastels
12" x 9"
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I Gave Back Your Red Pants, 2016
Oil pastel on panel
15" x 11"
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Butterfly, 2014
mixed medium
8" x 8"
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Untitled, 2019
Oil Pastels
12" x 9"
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Magenta Cat, 2014
mixed medium
14" x 11"
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Room Lifey, 2015
mixed medium
16" x 11"
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The Answer Like Pajamas, 2019
Oil Pastels
12" x 9"
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Take Care of Mooses, 2016
Watercolor
17" x 14"
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Grandma Lou, 2014
mixed medium
14" x 11"
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It’s Only a Hood, 2018
mixed medium
14" x 11"
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Blanket, 2016
Crayon
17" x 14"
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Films of Things (Boss), 2019
Oil Pastels
9" x 12"
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Like a Fake God, 2019
Oil Pastels
9" x 12"
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Shampoo, 2016
Watercolor
10" x 8"
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Untitled, 2019
Oil Pastels
18" x 12"
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Untitled, 2019
mixed medium
18" x 12"
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Untitled, 2019
Oil Pastels
15" x 11"
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Untitled, 2019
Oil Pastels
18" x 12"
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With Plaster, 2019
Oil Pastels
12" x 9"
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