Bloomingdales, Polo Ralph Lauren, Soho House Hotels, Hein + Cozzi Interiors, Ann Benson Reidy Interiors, Oliver Laws Interiors, Jane Thomas Interiors, Heirloom Furniture, Felix Rosensteil's, The Krebs Restaurant, Jerry Bruckheimer, Ken Jones Jr Fine Art, Macy’s, IKEA, Habitat, Hallmark Cards, Cheshire Life Magazine, Dutton Books, Venus, Victor Chandler, Art of Interiors and private collectors & commissions.
Pete Kelly, Robin Rice Gallery: Utilizing digital manipulation, and printing on cotton canvas with ultrachrome pigmented inks, Kelly blurs the line between photography and painting. His subject matter, ranging from images of the natural world (flora and fauna), to urban and residential landscapes, focuses on the individual's place in a given environment as expressed by his or her body language.
For example, in the work, 'Beach Kids', Kelly depicts a beach in Newport, California, in which the shore's wide expanse of yellow sand is divided by a white line of froth from the band of grey ocean; This in turn is divided by the horizon from the immense, grey-blue sky.
Pete Kelly finds his inspiration in nature and the landscape.
Specifically focusing on, " The reclamation by nature of urban settings",
Kelly finds a particularly strong aesthetic and power in the beauty of the urban landscape.
"I try to see beauty around me, drawing beauty from ugliness
by capturing close up textures of fading paint or graffiti,
or by reducing the shape of the subject to silhouette."
Kelly's fascination with photography, the quality, and flexibility of the medium
began at a very early age.
Born in England in 1966, and as the son of a military man,
Kelly spent most of his childhood growing up in West Germany.
After leaving school Kelly enrolled in a photography course
with the R. A. F Photographic Unit, based in Wildenrath in Germany.
Although this initial training lasted only six months,
it established a life long passion and dedication to photography.
Already an avid traveller, Kelly initially decided to return to the UK, to study Graphic Design at Stockport College, before moving to America in 1987.
After completing an Internship at an innovative commercial photography studio in America, Kelly began working as a Photographers Assistant.
Working closely with a range of photographers allowed him to intrinsically develop his own refined sense of aesthetic as well as develop and master photographic theory and technique.
Now working as a Fine Art Photographer in his own right, Pete Kelly utilises the most cutting edge equipment and techniques, painting with photography by compositing and layering photographs digitally.
This allows him to enhance and develop his ideas, concepts,
compositions and subject matter without losing his initial attraction to it.
"Sometimes I shoot things in stages concentrating on a specific part of a scene, and layer these pieces together later with imagery, matching perfectly the perspective, focal length, direction of light and camera angle of the former image. Ultimately returning the initial ideas into a seamless photograph."
ARTSTOP studio & gallery is based in Cheshire, England, and has contributed to many gallery shows:
- 'The Dow & Jones Permanent Collection', New York
- 'Sloan-Kettering Permanent Collection' New York.
- 'Williamsburg Art & Historical Society’, New York.
- '707 Contemporary', Santa Fe, New Mexico.
- 'Hudson Galleries', New Orleans, Louisiana.
- 'Aspen International Art', Aspen, Colorado.
- 'Carrie Haddad Gallery’, Hudson, New York.
- 'Keeshan's Fine Art’, Kansas City, Missouri.
- 'Robin Rice Gallery’, Manhattan, New York.
- ‘Gallery 22’, Hale, Cheshire, U.K
-‘Calvin Charles Gallery’ Scottsdale, Arizona.
-‘Lunar Boy Gallery’ Astoria, Oregon.
Jarva Gallery, Whalley Bridge, High Peak, Derbyshire, U.K.
"My approach to photography is very similar to a painter, I want to interpret more than is captured in one frame, the image capture is just the beginning of the creative process for me.
My work is a complex process of multiple photographic layers, some textural, some imagery, layered in Photoshop and output to museum-quality digital pigment prints on watercolour paper, mounted on board with encaustic wax surface, consisting of Bees wax and Damar resin."
1995 - Theme Shows, various locations, Kansas City, MO.
1996 - AIDS Benefit, Kansas City, MO - 'Night of a Thousand Stars'.
1997 - Regnier Photography Gallery, Kansas City, MO - 'Mixed Media Shared Ideas'.
2005 – ‘Calvin Charles Gallery’, Scottsdale, Arizona.
2005 – Marziart Internationale’ Hamburg, Germany.
2006 – ‘Robin Rice Gallery’, New York, N.Y.
2007 - Toucan Art, Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire, U.K
2008 - The Crowne Estate, Windsor Gt Pk Conservatory Gallery
2010 - Robin Rice Gallery, Greenwich Village, New York.
2011 – The Jarva Gallery, Whaley Bridge, Peak District, U.K.
2013 – St. Giles St Gallery, Norwich, U.K.
2014 – The Corner Gallery, London, U.K
1983 – Y.T.S Photography Course, R.A.F Wildenrath Photographic Unit.
1984-1986 - Stockport College BND Graphic Design/Advertising.
1990-1993 – Associated Photographers, Kansas City: Custom Printer B & W and Colour, film processing, printing, copywork, portraits, P.R photography.
1993- Internship with ‘Vedros & Associates’ Kansas City: Large Commercial Studio, learning all aspects of commercial photography. Lighting, camera formats - 35mm, 2 1/4, 4x5 & 8x10, set building, portfolio creation and management.
1994 –1996 Photography Assistant to Nick Vedros, Mike Regnier, Hollis Officer.
1998 –2004 – Commercial Freelance New York, Clients included: Bloomingdales, Ralph Lauren Furniture, Penguin Books, Dutton Books, HNTB Architects, Boehringer Ingelheim, Hallmark Cards, Sony music.
2001- 2002 – Taught ‘Photoshop 1’ & ‘Digital Imaging’ at ‘The New School’ Manhattan, New York. Gained representation by leading photography gallery ‘Robin Rice’ in Greenwich Village, New York.
2002 - 2009 - Licensing images for IKEA, PaperHouse Greeting Cards, Hallmark Cards, Heirloom Beds, Cane Direct Furniture
2010 - Taught Photo Encaustic Workshop at Applied Arts School, Amagansett, New York.
2004 – 2015 – Freelance Photographer, Marple, Cheshire: Clients include, Bloomingdales, Polo Ralph Lauren, Soho House Hotels, Hein + Cozzi Interiors, Ann Benson Reidy Interiors, Oliver Laws Interiors, Jane Thomas Interiors, Heirloom Furniture, Felix Rosensteil's, The Krebs Restaurant, Macy’s, IKEA, Habitat, Hallmark Cards, Cheshire Life Magazine, Dutton Books, Venus, Victor Chandler, Art of Interiors and private collectors & commissions.