Kevin Rolly

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The Event, 2008 Oilgraph (Mixed Media Photography/Oil Paint) 42"X42" © @008 Kevin Rolly
The Years, 2009 Oilgraph (Mixed Media Photography/Oil Painting) 20"X16" © 2009
Petition, 2008 Encaustic Oilgraph (Mixed Media Photography, Wax, Oil Paint, Graphite) On Wooden Panel 24"X18" © 2008 Kevin Rolly
Charlotte - The House of Horses, 2010 Oilgraph (Mixed Media Photography/Oil Paint) 14"X11" © 2010
Delilah Dreaming Thunder, 2009 Encaustic Oilgraph (Mixed Media Photography, Oil Paint, Wax, Horse Teeth) On Wooden Panel 19"X10" © 2009
Aftermath, 2006 Oilgraph (Mixed Media Photography, Oilpaint) On Canvas Painted Live 60"X40" © 2006
Beholden, 2010 Oilgraph (Mixed Media Polaroid, Oilpaint) On Wooden Panel 13"X8" © 2010
Ehud (The Burden), 2009 Oilgraph (Mixed Media Photography, Oilpaint) On Wooden Panel Created In Live Performance 48"X24" © 2009
Jephthah's Daughter, 2010 Oilgraph (Mixed Media Photography, Oilpaint) On Wooden Panel Created In Live Performance 32"X24" © 2010
The Return of the Staff of Judah, 2010 Oilgraph (Mixed Media Photography, Oilpaint) On Wooden Panel Created In Live Performance 48"X24" © 2010
The Grief of Judah (Judah and Tamar), 2010 Oilgraph (Mixed Media Photography, Oilpaint) On Wooden Panel Created In Live Performance 36"X24" © 2010
The Borderlands, 2006 Oilgraph (Mixed Media Photograph, Oilpaint) On Wooden Panel 24"X48" © 2006
The Stone Bearer, 2005 Oilgraph (Mixed Media Photograph, Oilpaint) On Wooden Panel 14"X28" © 2005
Fire Over the Arno, 2008 Oilgraph (Mixed Media Photograph, Oilpaint) On Wooden Panel 28"X14" © 2008
The Prophet, 2003 Oilgraph (Mixed Media Photograph, Oilpaint) On Wooden Panel 42"X42" © 2003
Quick Facts
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Birth year
Lives in
Los Angeles
Works in
Los Angeles
Oilgraph mixed-media realism, performance, surrealism, traditional, photography, figurative, conceptual, exhibition/performance


"I have always been interested in the hidden being revealed, both in people’s personal journeys and in my own. Everyone has a story. What I concern myself with is telling those stories with honesty and dignity. In each of us there is both darkness and light. To tell our stories without one or the other is to be disingenuous to our nature. In the end, however, it is the light that breaks through the darkness that I search for the most. Yet, the darkness still needs to be present. It reveals the need of the light while we are still in this painful theatre of our humanity.

For me photography is listening. If I do my job then the story is written in the image and ultimately tells everyone’s story. The process of revealing the image through the oil only extends the journey of the light breaking through. It illuminates what I believe is the world both seen and unseen. In the performances where the work is created in front of an audience, it simply gives the audience the opportunity to experience that journey and each is an act of faith."


Kevin Rolly was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and studied film production at the Pennsylvania State University where he won the Student Emmy for his film "An Early October.” Kevin has been published in such magazines as ELLE, Mirabella, W, Detour and many other national and international publications. His works are in numerous private and corporate collections both in the US and in Europe and divides his time between his commercial and fine art endeavors.

In 1994, when struggling to find a way to extend the photograph beyond it's traditional means, he developed a technique of creating a hybrid of darkroom photography with oil color. He called the new technique “Oilgraphing” which has become his signature style. In 1997, on a dare, he was asked to demonstrate the new technique during a lecture series. The dare turned into a performance and since then nearly a third of his work is created live.

His first museum exhibition "Until the Road Forgets" premiered at the Pasadena Museum of California Art in 2003. He is currently shooting and painting the 60 panel series “In the Time of the Judges;” his follow up biblical series to his 2005 “Tributes for Kings – The Stations of the Cross,” and with partners Christine Nash, Kenny Abney and Dan Dass Man, is developing Big Art Labs in downtown Los Angeles into the largest complex of art workshops in the city.