Leslie Kell is an artist and designer whose career has spanned more than 35 years in the Austin area. She holds a BA with a background in painting and illustration. After many years as a freelance graphic artist, Leslie expanded her practice into photography and digital art. In 2008, she began developing an original technique that combined her photos and drawings to create her unique images.
She has taken her artwork a step further by adding layers of video to create magical hybrids. These cinemagraphs can be found throughout the Austin Bergstrom International Airport. They have also been included in juried exhibitions and public art installations, film festivals, the digital issue of the Summer 2020 NARM Quarterly and physician waiting rooms.
Leslie has participated in dozens of exhibits over the years, including several digital art showcases. She has been honored by awards and featured exhibitions, as well as a solo show at the Elisabet Ney Museum. In addition, she has created commissioned artwork for many publications.
Leslie lives in the Austin area, with her husband of 36 years, her loyal dog Frida and 2 cats. She has served on the board of the Creative Arts Society, a local non-profit for artists, for several years and is a past President of the organization. She has curated and organized countless fine art exhibitions over the years and maintains her own active exhibit schedule.
My artwork is created using my own original technique that synthesizes the artistry of design and photography. I work with natural forms to create surreal environments in which my photos are assembled into the spaces and patterns of my drawings. As these elements interact to create the highlights, shadows, and contours of the new image, they unfold to deeper discoveries within the composition. I create the works within Collections that are based on original poetry adding another layer to the narrative.
My imagery explores the evasive nature of our perceptions and the ever-shifting currents of our realities. The optimistic artwork celebrates the natural world, its fragility, and undeniable connection to our collective experience. I use recurring themes of water, light, and reflection to underscore the fleeting nature of our memories. The shimmering images and ephemeral changes of light are a powerful reminder that things are not always as they seem.
The works are meant to stir a sense of something familiar, perhaps a place you might not quite recall—but somehow, have been waiting to visit.
My artwork is created in series and grouped into collections. Each collection contains several works based on a theme.
The imagery is optimistic and celebrates beauty while revealing a glimpse into a new world. I often use recurring themes of water, light and reflection to capture that instant of sensation when these elements slide into each other. I find the shimmering images and ephemeral changes of light to be a powerful reminder of the fleeting nature of our visions.
Early images were based on music that speaks to my sensibilities and the titles were inspired by the poetic lyrics. I enjoyed creating a sensation of being able to “hear” an image. As time went on, and recent collections have evolved, the narrative is driven by my own prose in The Other Side, Lumen, Artifacts and Vestiges Collections.
A selection of my images are transformed into “Artist Masters” with the addition of custom designed enhanced framing and hand painting.
Each Artist Master is a unique creation and is only produced in this way one time, making the final crafted product an investment grade archival original. They are constructed with museum quality materials and are intended to survive the test of time.
The 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.
Finally, the artwork is finished with enhanced custom framing to create a sculptural presentation that reaches beyond the bounds of the canvas.
Once a design is produced as an Artist Master, it is not reproduced in the same way again. All works come with a signed Certificate of Authenticity.
My artwork is a melding of design and photography. Adding layer of video seemed so natural. These magical hybrids are based on my photographic compositions and have been remastered with video overlays.
As with all of my art, the design, photography and footage is original.
And the possibilities are endless….
These moving artworks are well suited for many spaces – from fine art exhibits to corporate and private screens to public art.
My images are highly flexible and can be adapted to provide unique options for collectors ranging from museum quality one-of-a-kind Artist Masters to limited-edition prints on fine art paper to open editions on metal, canvas and more.
All of my prints are produced with archival museum-grade materials and hand signed.
Just pick your favorite image and we can print a piece to your space and budget.
Refer to the individual artwork pages for popular sizes for purchase online.
Or, if you are seeking something different, we can custom design a piece just for your space on a variety of media.
I offer virtual hangings to my collectors and clients so we can work together to fill the space just right.
Through my unique technique I am able to create customized artwork to capture specific locations, special events and various themes for both commercial and private collections.
CUSTOM COMPOSITIONS: Imagine transforming your photos into a special piece of art that will speak to you on a personal level every time you look at it. Because each piece may use a dozen or more photographs, there will always be something to discover in the layers and layers of images within the composition, making your piece an heirloom that will be enjoyed for generations.
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 for both business and personal use.