Brian Kelly's work takes the viewer on a journey into the unseen and the unknown. His work draws on influences from environments in Louisiana, Utah, New Mexico, Montana and Colorado. These representational narratives talk about specific experiences and places that are both social, personal and political in nature. Kelly adopts and personifies animal forms as specific characters within these narrative events to speak metaphorically about personal and social issues.
Following his graduate degree, Kelly studied plate, photoplate, and waterless lithography at Tamarind Institute of Lithography at the University of New Mexico. Kelly also spent one summer in San Paulo, Brazil at the GLATT/MAGOS Atelier.
Professor Kelly is currently Chairman of the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where he also serves as the Area Head of the printmaking program and Coordinator of Marais Press. Kelly is a full professor, holds the University’s Coca-Cola/BORSF Endowed Professorship in Art, and is a University of Louisiana at Lafayette Distinguished Professor. Kelly’s prints have been included in over 400 exhibitions through out the United States, Canada, Japan, China, Ireland, Australia, Brazil, Poland, and England and included in museum collections throughout the United States, China, Scotland, Ireland and Australia.