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Leslie Kell photographic interpretations

About the artist

Leslie Kell, multimedia artistLeslie Kell is an artist and designer whose career has spanned more than 25 years in the Austin area. Her clientele run the gamut from individual collectors to nationally known corporations.

Although trained traditionally, after many years of working as a freelance graphic artist, Leslie found herself enjoying the contemporary medium of digital art as a vehicle of artistic expression. Leslie offers a slightly different view of the world using the color, texture and patterns of the environmental elements she captures with her camera. She photographs locations and events then creates her mirror-mad images based on those themes.

She was honored to be included in the 2012, 2014, and 2015 People's Gallery at Austin City Hall. She has won multiple awards for her artwork and continues to work as a visual artist,in addition to accepting commissions for custom artwork.

 

About the art

The More you Look, The More You See
My fine art digital photo collages are created using a technique that I have been developing for the last 8 years. Recently, I’ve been working with architectural forms to create virtual environments in which my photographic images are assembled into the spaces and patterns of my designs. As the photos are layered and manipulated, they interact to create the highlights, shadows, contours, and textures of the artwork.

Much of my work mixes natural with architectural components. The manner in which these elements interact and contrast, both in their essence and origins, helps create the alternate reality that I seek. I also use recurring themes of water, light, and reflection. The angle of a light beam or a fleeting reflection ignites a spark as it passes through our awareness. The desire to capture that instant sensation before it flickers away is part of my inspiration. Most of my artwork also features a winged soul of some kind. Whether it’s a perched butterfly or a bird taking flight across the virtual sky, they are there to remind us of the fragility of the moment.

Because each piece may use up to a dozen photographs, there is always something to discover. The photography is done at various locations and is selected based on a theme, location, color, or texture. After the initial impression of the artwork is experienced, there are layers and layers of images to be uncovered within the composition. When people stand before my work and utter surprising exclamations and discover the images that wait in sub-layers, I feel that I’ve been successful.


The Process
This is not where the story ends though. Once the painstaking digital process is complete, a mixed media piece is created that brings the digital composition into the real world. An archival canvas is printed and paint and textural elements are added. While I enjoy the precise digital construction process, adding the unpredictable and spontaneous paint splatters seems to further cement the image on this side of the computer screen. Anything can happen, and that makes each piece unique and original. Finally, the artwork is finished with three-dimensional accents to create a sculptural presentation that reaches beyond the bounds of the canvas.


The Collections
The works are grouped into collections based on a favorite artist or song. Then each piece is named from a lyrical phrase relating to the collection theme. Each also carries with it a 6-digit date code that commemorates the day of creation, not necessarily the finish date.


Authenticity
While the images are digital in their beginnings, as you can see, the final product is a crafted original.
Once a design is printed and enhanced, it is not reproduced in the same way again. Each mixed media piece is an authentic, one-of-a-kind creation.

I once heard a juror say: “There is no substitute for the physical encounter.” I’d like to think that my artwork is a physical, even spiritual encounter. I hope to achieve a sense of wonder, movement and maybe even a whisper of sound.

 

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EDUCATION
Bachelor of Science, 1986, Texas A&M - Commerce

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2017
“How Did They Do That?”, Gallery at the J, Invitational Group Show
Mixed Media Group Show – Lost Pines Art Center, Georgetown, TX
9th Annual Wimberley Arts Fest, juried, Wimberley
King William Fair, San Antonio, TX
West Austin Studio Tour
Solo Show – Art at the Y, Townlake YMCA, Austin, TX
3 Person Show - "Elsewhere", North Hills Gallery, Austin, TX

2016
Electron Salon, LACDA, Invitational Group Show, Los Angeles
2016 Art Hop Competition, Georgetown Art Center, Georgetown
Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series, semi-finalist, Art on 5th Gallery
Third Coast National, K Space Contemporary, Corpus Christi
2 Person show - “Pixels & Patina” - Link & Pin Art Space, Austin
2 Person Show - “Behind the Seen” - Kerr Arts and Cultural Center, Kerrville
3 Person Show - “Collective Dimensions: The Space Within”
Art Gallery at the Old Bakery and Emporium, Austin

2015
2015 People’s Gallery at Austin City Hall, Austin, TX
SOLO show, The Vineyard at Florence - Jan/Feb 2015
Light Space & Time Online Gallery, 5th Annual “CityScapes” Art Exhibition
"Hear the Highway Breathing" selected for a Special Merit Award
2 Person Show - Old Bakery and Emporium Art Gallery - May 2015
2015 Third Coast National, K Space Contemporary, Corpus Christi, TX
2015 Georgetown Art Hop Juried Exhibition, Georgetown Art Center, Georgetown, TX
SOLO show, Dougherty Arts Center, Austin, TX – Nov 2015
EAST (East Austin Studio Tour)

2014
2014 People’s Gallery at Austin City Hall, Austin, TX
Dougherty Arts Center – Free Expressions Juried Show –Awarded Best of Show
“Between Space & Time” - 2 woman show at Link & Pin Art Space, Austin TX
North Hills Gallery – Creative Arts Society Juried Show – Awarded Best of Show
2014 Third Coast National, K Space Contemporary, Corpus Christi, TX
SOLO show: Wildfire, Georgetown, TX
SOLO show: “The Mirror Effect” St. David’s, Austin TX
Round Rock Arts: THE BIG SHOW Juried Show
Round Rock Arts: IMAGINE Juried Show
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport – Gate Area Poster Series

2013
ArtList.com – People’s Choice Award
Manhattan Arts International “Healing Power of Art” Exhibition
Artpromotivate: Second Online Youtube Art Exhibition
2013 AVAA WEST show, Austin, TX
Live Oak Art Center 2013 Juried Exhibition, Columbus, TX
Dougherty Arts Center – CAS Anniversary Exhibit, Austin TX
Gallery by Jeana Marino, Austin ,TX
EAST (East Austin Studio Tour)

2012
2012 People’s Gallery at Austin City Hall, Austin, TX
SOLO show, Scarbrough Building, Austin, TX
AVAA 35th Anniversary Show, Austin, TX
Luminaria collaboration, San Antonio, TX
Art on the Roof, Austin TX
Dougherty Arts Center – Best of CAS, Austin TX
Summer Eclectica – Phoenix Trade Depot, Austin TX

2011
Featured Artist, Studio 2 gallery, Austin, TX
SOLO show, Vino 100, Round Rock, TX
SOLO show, North Hills Gallery, Austin, TX
SOLO show, Jung Center, Houston TX
Art Across the Americas - National Juried Exhibition • The University of Texas, Austin
AVAA Members Show • Austin Art Space • Austin, TX
EAST (East Austin Studio Tour) – Real Gallery
Origin Magazine Art Show – Quattro Gallery

2010
SOLO show, Fair Bean Coffee, Real Gallery, Austin, TX
SOLO show, Scarbrough Building Lobby, Real Gallery, Austin, TX
“Artifice” Juried Exhibition, studio2gallery, Austin, TX
“The AVAA Members Show” Juried Exhibition, studio2gallery, Austin, TX
Live Oak Art Center 2010 Juried Exhibition, Columbus, TX
“Rhythms of Nature” Juried Exhibition, studio2gallery, Austin, TX
Second Regional Arts Juried Exhibition, MSC Forsyth Center Galleries, Bryan TX
“Doors” Juried Exhibition, studio2gallery, Austin, TX
“Love’s Writ II” Juried Exhibition, studio2gallery, Austin, TX
“For the Love of Art” Juried Art Show, Austin Art Space Gallery & Studios, Austin, TX
Hands On Exhibition, Walker’s Gallery, San Marcos, TX
Haven Gallery, Austin, TX

2009
SOLO show, Central Market Cafe, Westgate
SOLO show, Max’s Wine Dive Special Events Room, Austin, TX
Live Oak Art Center 2009 Juried Exhibition, Columbus,TX
CTCG “Digital Diversity” Juried Open 2009, Topanga Canyon Gallery, CA
“Organic: Basic Inspiration” Juried Exhibition, studio2gallery, Austin, TX
“12 Buy12” Juried Art Show, Austin Art Space Gallery & Studios, Austin, TX
Haven Gallery, Austin, TX
SNAP TO GRID: Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Los Angeles, CA
ArtSpace @ The University of Phoenix, Austin TX
Corridor of Art, Chase Bank Building, Austin, TX

HONORS and AWARDS

Dougherty Arts Center – Free Expressions Juried Show –Awarded Best of Show

North Hills Gallery – Creative Arts Society Juried Show –Awarded Best of Show

Light Space & Time Online Gallery, 5th Annual “CityScapes” Art Exhibition
"Hear the Highway Breathing" selected for a Special Merit Award

The ArtList.com People Choice Winner – March 2013

Old Bakery Emporium Art Gallery Juried Show, Juror – February 2013

HONORABLE MENTION
Live Oak Art Center 2009 Juried Exhibition, Columbus, TX
(Juror: Gus Koprivo, Director, Redbud Gallery Houston TX)

TEXT

boredpanda: Surreal Digital Art Opens A Portal To An Alternative UniverseSeptember 2016

Artsy Shark Gallery: Inspired Living > A Conversation with Artist Leslie Kell, July 2016

Lake Austin Lifestyle Magazine, Novermber 2015

Artsy Shark, Serious about Art Marketing: 2 part feature

“Link & Pin’s Newest Exhibition Soars on Digital Wings: Local artists offer a show that overclocks the eyes with beauty “ — Austin Chronicle, August 5, 2014

Mixed Media Art Magazine, Issue #13

Featured Artist: Artsy Shark January 2014

Artist Spotlight: Art Promotivate February 2014

Austin All Natural, “Expecting to Fly” Feature Article, December 2013
Austin All Natural, “New Age Quilts” Feature Article, April 2011

“…Winter's Summer Home; it's a kaleidoscopic image that, via its vivid mirror-mad beauty, almost single-handedly validates computer-aided photo manipulation….”
–Austin Chronicle, Oct. 9, 2009

Austin All Natural Magazine, Gallery Feature, July 2010 issue

COLLECTORS
Works held in private collections in the United States and Switzerland

MEMBERSHIPS
Austin Creative Arts Society, President, 2017
Austin Creative Arts Society, Newsletter and Website Chair, since 2012

 

 

Become a collector

Of course we would love to see you at an exhibit, but that isn't always possible. So here are some options for acquiring that special piece that speaks to you...

ORIGINAL ARTWORKS: Visit the gallery pages to find the artwork you love, then click the Price List link for information on available pieces.

OPEN EDITION CUSTOM PRINTS:
I offer open edition prints in custom sizes of all my designs.
Just pick your favorite image and we can size a piece to your space and budget.

Canvas Print: 0.85 / per sq in.*
• 22 mil, Acid-free, Lignin-free, heavyweight cotton-poly blends canvas
• Stretched on 1.5 inch stretcher bars
• Coated with a non-yellowing, UV resistant, liquid topcoat: Available in satin or gloss finish
• wired to hang
• signed

Metal panel with floater frame: 2.00 / sq in.*
• Infused dyes on ChromaLuxe white metal panel
• Durable scratch resistant, waterproof surface
• Framed in floater frame, 2.5 inch thick
• wired to hang
• signed

Fine art paper: 0.65 / sq in.*
• Epson Cold Press Bright
• 100% Cotton Fiber, 21 mil.
• Acid, Lignen, & Chlorine Free
• Delivered flar or rolled, requires framing
• signed

So for instance, a 16 x 20 canvas print, stretched on 1.5 in frame and ready to hang would be $272*.
Please note: open edition prints will not have the enhanced framing as on my original artworks.
*Prices above are plus shipping and applicable sales tax. Please contact me to order.

OR
Look for an icon at the bottom of the gallery pages to see if a piece is offered online and click on the link.

COMMISSIONS: Would you like a personal piece using your photos? Maybe you would like to commemorate a vacation of a lifetime, a wedding or a retirement... Let's get those photos off your phone and onto your wall, in a way you'll treasure for years to come. Find out more.

IMAGE LICENSING: Do you have a project that needs artwork? See an image that you would like to use?
For licensing inquiries, contact Leslie to discuss details and image availability.

 

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