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Jamie Kelty

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Lives in
San Francisco


Representing galleries
Baraka Gallery, Oakland, CA

figurative, mixed-media


These collages are part of an ongoing series that I have been working on since 2009. They explore textiles, composition, and character. The characters are part of the world that I live in. I cull them from magazines and newspapers, my photos, and quick sketches. They are people who draw me in with a gaze, a pose, or a style. 

As you view the exhibit you may see stray bits of the ephemera strewn throughout each series. It’s a glimpse, piecemeal into my world and my interpretation of it in texture, color, and surface.  


Jamie was born in Germany and raised on a farm in Kansas. Growing up in a rural setting, she developed a strong connection to the earth and to the hand-made. In 1992, she received a BFA in painting. She lived and worked in Brooklyn and the greater  NYC area for 14 years and is now living in San Francisco, CA. Jamie has taught art to students of all ages in schools, shelters, art centers and at the Children’s Museum of the Arts. She is the studio teacher at a preschool. Her art work is in private and corporate collections and has been in numerous group shows in the US (New York, Kansas, Missouri, San Francisco, and Colorado) and abroad (New Zealand, Berlin, and Mexico.). 


“In collage the displaced object has entered a universe for which it was not made and where it retains, in a measure, its strangeness. And this strangeness was what we wanted to make people think about because we were quite aware that the world was becoming very strange....”- Pablo Picasso


Recent Exhibits

Jamie Kelty participated in these exhibits:

Nov, 2011 Dismissed
Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum
Jul, 2011 Faces of the Economy
Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum
Apr, 2011 Faces of the Economy
Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum
Aug, 2010 On the Grid
Camel Art Space
Apr, 2009 Benkin + Kelty
Art : Raw Gallery
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