Lee Kelly: Bennington Suite & Color Studies

Lee Kelly, Bennington Suite & Color Studies, installation view.

Lee Kelly: Bennington Suite & Color Studies

Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR - To Apr 27

by Joseph Gallivan

Lee Kelly (1932–2022) was Portland artist royalty, but his signature colors were black, silver and occasionally red. This show focuses on familiar forms—boxy, cactus-like abstractions in steel—painted in friendly colors like peach, pink, blue and yellow. Kelly experimented with watercolor paintings at Bennington College, Vermont, which are also on view here. He went on to explore, with beautiful results, the difference between gestural paint brushstrokes and the sculptural power of structural steel.

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