Donald Kelley Untitled Abstract Expressionist painting ca. 1980, Gouache on Arches Aquarelle Paper with deckled edges. Hand Signed. Unframed.

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Classic abstract expressionist painting by artist and curator Donald C. Kelley is hand signed on the lower left recto (front).  Informational label on the verso (back). The label reads as follows: 

Donal Castell Kelley (b. 1928)

BFA, MFA, Yale University

Represented by Soprafina Gallery Boston, MA

Artist Statement: 

I received my education at the Museum School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, where I majored in painting. I won the Bartlett Traveling Scholarship from the Museum School and traveled and painted in Europe for three years. My fascination with travel began during this period, and I’ve traveled extensively ever since – to most countries in Western and Eastern Europe, to Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, India, Thailand, Japan, Mexico and the Caribbean. Upon my return from Europe, I went to Yale, where I earned an MFA. I then began my career as Gallery Director of the Boston Athenaeum, where I created a gallery devoted to many-faceted series of changing exhibitions, each usually lasting about two months. For example, I mounted an exhibition of Christo’s work, a very ambitious undertaking in view of the Athenaeum’s limited gallery space and modest budget. The exhibition proved extremely popular and drew in many of Boston’s citizens who had never before been acquainted with the Athenaeum.

My aim was to present to the community a variety of works which they would not under ordinary circumstances have the opportunity to see.


Hand signed on lower left recto (front)