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Embrace Life in the Everyday

January 8, 2024 - May 6, 2024

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Thomas Kelly


Thomas Kelly is an award winning, New Jersey, USA based painter. Widely collected, his work has a signature style, which has its roots in Expressionism. His colorful, narrative, acrylic paintings on canvas often create a dialogue with the viewer. His deceptively simplistic paintings are both critically acclaimed and very approachable by everyday viewers. More than 350 of Kelly’s original paintings have been collected.

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“My paintings are of common scenes, everyday occurrences in which people struggle to establish and maintain relationships. It is these universal emotions and situations which most interest me.”


The paintings are acrylic on canvas, which lends to the way I work. The idea begins from a tiny sketch. That sketch will have the emotional feeling or gesture that first intrigued me.


I encourage viewers to participate in the narrative by placing themselves inside my scenes and characters. When asked by viewers if their interpretation is the true one, I say, ‘The paintings must stand on their own.’  I don’t tell them that their stories often rival my own.”


Kelly’s expressionist style paintings have been featured in galleries throughout the greater area. He is represented by the Artful Deposit Gallery, Bordentown NJ, Beauregard Fine Art in Rumson NJ, the Bethlehem House Gallery in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and Walter Wickiser Gallery NYC. Since 1994, his work has been shared in over 40 solo and selected group exhibitions around the world and has made impactful connections to his viewers and are part of many personal and public collections. Kelly has also been selected to share his passion in art and writing as a lecturer since 2000.

Instagram @thomaskeelyart

Artist Statement 

Origins of Paintings by Thomas Kelly

Embrace the Everyday at Ficus Bon Vivant 2024

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