Artist Desiree Kelly Debuts First Solo Exhibit “Faces Of Music”

Remember this name, Desiree Kelly, art director, graphic designer, muralist, and portrait artist.
On Friday, May 5, 2018, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., at Atom Art Gallery located at 522 East 9 Mile Rd., in Ferndale, Mich., Desiree will hold her first solo gallery exhibition titled, “The Faces of Music.” This exhibition will feature a collection of art works in Desiree’s distinctive urban style of portraitures created with the use of oil paints, spray paints and collage on canvas.
“I am so excited to be given the opportunity to have my first solo exhibition at Atom Art Gallery. This is really a dream come true for me. I’ve been a professional artist for more than 15 years now, and to finally get a chance to curate my first solo exhibition is something I will never forget,” said artist Desiree Kelly.
“Last October I was part of a group showing at Atom Art Gallery, and when the gallery owner approached me, and offered me an opportunity to have a solo show, I was blown away. Up until this point, I had not considered ever doing a solo show – however, I did get a chance showcase my art at a cool location at last year’s Art Basel in Miami Beach. Since then, I have been really fortunate because my art works are in demand. Now, I am just grinding, painting and working hard coming up with ideas and the theme for my solo show – a collection of iconic music figures,” Kelly added.
Desiree Kelly, earned her B.F.A from Wayne State University, located in downtown Detroit. While there she studied graphic design and was introduced to oil painting. Desiree’s love of portraiture was inspired by the neighborhood where she grew up on Beal Street on Detroit’s eastside. She then developed her style and passion for urban portraits. Her historically immersive portraits capture the essence of her subjects by including artifacts and phrases within the background of her pieces.
Desiree has a dynamic way of capturing the true essence and personality of her subjects by elevating and transforming the classic portraiture to a new contemporary portraiture that often is raw, with mixed messages – sometime with social commentary, all with oil paint, spray paint and collage. Her work can be seen and appreciated all over metro Detroit.
Some of Desiree’s pieces can be found in permanent and temporary public collections including at the Coleman A. Young Municipal Building in downtown Detroit (the 11th Floor the office of Mayor Mike Duggan), Farmington Hills City Hall, Dpop, Kuzzo’s Chicken and Waffles restaurant on the Detroit Avenue of Fashion, the Royal Oak VFW Building, as murals painted on the side of two buses for Detroit Bus Company, and inside the Spain Middle School Gymnasium – commissioned by talk show host Ellen DeGeneres (The Ellen DeGeneres Show). Desiree art works has been exhibited at several galleries in metro Detroit including, Red Bull House of Art (Eastern Market), Inner State Gallery, Ann Arbor Art Center, Scarab Club, and Crooked Tree & Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit.
Her work has been featured at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American Art, and was awarded a residency for 5th cycle of Red Bull House of Art in 2013. In addition to gallery showings, Desiree’s art works can be see in public space along Detroit’s Grand River Creative Corridor and mural works for sneaker shoes conglomerate Converse.
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