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Portal.jpg

abstract, painting
Portal 24" x 30" mixed media ©J. Kelly Lane, 2020

BananaRepublican.jpg

painting, political, portrait
Banana Republican acrylic on canvas 18" x 24" ©J. Kelly Lane, 2018

Umbrellas.jpg

painting, landscape, city, rain
Umbrellas acrylic on board collection of Rod & Lenora Sharp Bruckdorfer © J. Kelly Lane, 2016 (apologies to Caillebott)

OldBay

crab, abstract portrait, painting
Old Bay 4" x 6" acrylic on canvas ©J. Kelly Lane, 2018

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About J. Kelly

Baltimore City

J. Kelly Lane's picture
The narrative aspect is what compels me to do my art. I strive to paint the music I can't compose, the theater I can't direct, the dance I can't choreograph, the novel I can't write. There is always a story running thru my mind as I produce, keeping me company as I edit & filter the surfaces whether they are figurative or abstract. Usually autobiographic, I don't expect the viewer to necessarily understand the tale as I see it, but thru shared human experience, the hope is that they see one of... more

Hair Don'ts

A series of small abstract/surreal portraits 4" x 6" acrylic on canvas 2018 for a 2019 show in a hair salon ~ more in the works

  • SharkFin.jpeg

    abstract, painting, portrait
    Shark Fin 4" x 6" acrylic on canvas ©J. Kelly Lane, 2018
  • Static Electricity

    abstract, painting, portrait
    Static Electricity 4" x 6" acrylic on canvas ©J. Kelly Lane, 2018
  • Cash

    abstract, painting, portrait
    Cash 4" x 6" acrylic on canvas ©J. Kelly Lane, 201
  • OldBay

    crab, abstract portrait, painting
    Old Bay 4" x 6" acrylic on canvas ©J. Kelly Lane, 2018
  • Whale Tail

    abstract, painting, portrait
    Whale Tail 4" x 6" acrylic on canvas ©J. Kelly Lane, 201
  • Waterfall

    abstract, painting, portrait
    Waterfall 4" x 6" acrylic on canvas ©J. Kelly Lane, 201
  • Cat’s Meow

    abstract, painting, portrait
    Cat's Meow 4" x 6" acrylic on canvas ©J. Kelly Lane, 2018
  • Matchsticks

    abstract, painting, portrait
    Matchsticks 4" x 6" acrylic on canvas ©J. Kelly Lane, 2018
  • Flower Bed

    abstract, painting, portrait
    Flower Bed 4" x 6" acrylic on canvas ©J. Kelly Lane, 2018
  • Chips

    abstract, painting, portrait
    Chips 4" x 6" acrylic on canvas ©J. Kelly Lane, 2018

Paintings

  • Fairfield Brake Lights.JPG

    landscape, train, Baltimore, rain
    acrylic on masonite 13' x 14” © J. Kelly Lane, 2016
  • Birch.jpg

    painting, landscape, tree, abstract
    Birch 5" x 7" acrylic on canvas © J. Kelly Lane, 2017 collection of Victoria Boone
  • PressureDrop.jpg

    painting, political, portrait
    Pressure Drop acrylic on canvas 16 x 20 ©J. Kelly Lane, 2018
  • asparagusshadow.jpg

    painting, asparagus
    Asparagus Shadow acrylic on illustration board © J. Kelly Lane, 2017
  • Smoker

    acrylic on canvas 12” x 14” © J. Kelly Lane, 2016
  • Radishes

    oil on canvas 8" x 8" â?¸ J. Kelly Lane, 2010 collection of Victoria August
  • Mantis.jpg

    painting, round, insect, praying mantis
    Mantis 12.5" diameter acrylic on muslin ©J. Kelly Lane, 2017
  • LunaMoth.jpg

    painting, round, insect, luna moth
    Luna Moth 12.5" diameter acrylic on muslin ©J. Kelly Lane, 2017 collection of Patricia Madden
  • Stalker.jpg

    painting, cat, abstract
    Stalker acrylic on canvas © J. Kelly Lane, 2017 collection of Victoria August
  • Hair Don’ts #1 thru 6

    abstract, painting, portrait
    Hair Don’ts #1 thru 6 Waterfall, Static Electricity, Whale Tail, Cat, Cash, Shark Fin acrylic/canvas 4” x 6” © J. Kelly Lane,2018

paintings/drawings

paintings & drawings

  • Crazy Clown

    6" x 9" graphite/paper/matches/ cigar box © 2013 J. Kelly Lane
  • Bad Taste (California Dreaming)

    Oil on canvas 24" x 30" © J. Kelly Lane, 2013
  • High Wire

    30" x 40" oil on canvas © J. Kelly Lane, 2013.
  • Life Guard Stand

    1987 - 2013 72" x 40" oil on canvas © J. Kelly Lane, 2013
  • Portal.jpg

    abstract, interior
    24" x 30” acrylic/canvas ©J. Kelly Lane, 2018
  • Blimp

    oil on canvas 18" x 24" © J. Kelly Lane, 2013
  • XXXL Gown.jpg

    abstract, mixed media, collage
    mixed media 9 x 12 ©J. Kelly Lane 2018 collection of Louis Linden
  • NightFetchjpg.jpg

    charcoal, pastel, drawing, dog, night, landscape
    20" x 20" charcoal & pastel on 140# rag ©J. Kelly Lane 2018
  • catgirl.JPG

    painting, swing, fence, girl
    Cat Girl on a Swing oil on canvas 23.5" x 29.5” Ⓒ J. Kelly Lane, 2012 collection of Marcia Doran
  • IrmasRabbit.jpg

    Irma’s Rabbit 14 x 18 acrylic on canvas board ©J. Kelly Lane, 2017

Political Series

Political Work

These times make me want to scream, between a clown for president, ultra violence in the streets and schools, the insanity of it all. This is my visual commentary on it.

  • Covfefe.jpg

    painting, political, portraits,Trump, Putin
    Covfefe acrylic on canvas 14” x 18" © J. Kelly Lane, 2017
  • BananaRepublican.jpg

    "Banana Republican" acrylic on canvas 18" x 24" ©J. Kelly Lane, 2018
    Banana Republican acrylic on canvas 18" x 24" ©J. Kelly Lane, 2018 $400
  • AnnieGotHerGun.jpg

    collage, political, children, guns
    Annie Got Her Gun collage 7" x 10" ©J. Kelly Lane, 2018 Collection of Nancy Baldwin & Dick Deurer
  • Innocence Lost.jpg

    collage, political, children, guns
    Innocence Lost 8" x 8" collage ©J. Kelly Lane, 2018 buyer unknown
  • Dance.jpg

    collage, political, children, guns
    Dance collage 7" x 11" ©J. Kelly Lane, 2018 Collection of Susan Louise - Phoenix, AZ
  • SchoolDaze.jpg

    cigar box assemblage, political, school shooting
    School Daze cigarbox assemblage 4.75" x 8" x 3.5" ©J. Kelly Lane, 2018
  • mermaidvote.jpg

    vote, mermaid, mixed media, political
    Mermaid Vote 5" x 7" mixed media ©J. Kelly Lane, 2018 Collection of Victoria August
  • drowningPR.jpg

    collage, political, Puerto Rico
    Drowning In The Sea of Love - Puerto Rico Collage 10.75" x 12" ©J. Kelly Lane, 2017

Small Birds Project 2018

Recent health issues have led to some struggles with hand coordination - apparently anesthesia affects me that way. These small works became a project of self imposed physical therapy.

  • Bird#1.jpg

    collage, watercolor, works on paper, bird, abstract, decorative
    mixed media 5" x 7" matted ©J. Kelly Lane, 2018
  • Bird#2

    collage, watercolor, works on paper, bird, abstract, decorative
    mixed media 5" x 7" matted ©J. Kelly Lane, 2018
  • Bird#3.jpg

    collage, watercolor, works on paper, bird, abstract, decorative
    mixed media 5" x 7" matted ©J. Kelly Lane, 2018 collection of Jon & Susan Detwiler
  • Bird#4.jpg

    collage, watercolor, works on paper, bird, abstract, decorative
    mixed media 5" x 7" matted ©J. Kelly Lane, 2018
  • Bird#5.jpg

    collage, watercolor, works on paper, bird, abstract, decorative
    mixed media 5" x 7" matted ©J. Kelly Lane, 2018 collection of Jon & Susan Detwiler
  • Bird#6.jpg

    collage, watercolor, works on paper, bird, abstract, decorative
    mixed media 5" x 7" matted ©J. Kelly Lane, 2018
  • Bird#7&8.jpg

    collage, watercolor, works on paper, bird, abstract, decorative
    mixed media 8" x 10" matted separately ©J. Kelly Lane, 2018
  • Bird#9.jpg

    collage, watercolor, works on paper, bird, abstract, decorative
    mixed media 5" x 7" framed ©J. Kelly Lane, 2018

Out of the Kitchen

Works from solo show, Oct. 2016

  • Flying Spatula

    Mixed media 24” x 36” © J. Kelly Lane, 2016
  • Whisk Key Biz

    mixed media 11" x 14" © J. Kelly Lane, 2016
  • GirlTalk.jpg

    kitchen, forks, pastel, drawing
    Acrylic & pastel on binders board 8” x 9.75” © J. Kelly Lane, 2016
  • seasonalwedding.JPG

    painting, kitchen, salt & pepper,
    Seasonal Wedding 5” x 7” acrylic on canvas ©J. Kelly Lane, 2016 collection of Debbie Gioia
  • oldbaystilllife.jpg

    painting, watercolor, Old Bay, still life
    Still Life with Old Bay 11" x 14" watercolor on canvas board ©J. Kelly Lane, 2016 Collection of Sean Buchanon
  • SummerSL.jpg

    still life, painting, crab mallets
    Summer Still Life 5” x 7” acrylic on canvas J. Kelly Lane, 2016 collection of Brandon Nicklas
  • ohgrate.jpg

    oil painting, grater, kitchen, abstract
    Oh. Grate oil on canvas 24" x 30" ©J. Kelly Lane, 2016
  • bangmashtong.jpg

    drawing, mixed media, kitchen utensils,
    Banger Masher Tongs mixed media 12' x 12” © J. Kelly Lane, 2016
  • HappyDancingSpoon.jpg

    drawing, mixed media, kitchen utensils, spoon
    Happy Dancing Spoon Acrylic & pastel on binders board 8” x 9.75” © J. Kelly Lane, 2016
  • SLwithsharpener.jpg

    watercolor, still life, kitchen utensils
    Still Life with Sharpener watercolor on 140# rag 9" x 12" © J. Kelly Lane,2016

HeartFelt Pins - Wearable art

mixed media

  • Myrna

    mixed media, wearable art
    felted wool, ribbon, wood, acrylic paint, ink, tulle & sequin 2.5"w x 3.75"h 2019
  • Inverted Quatrefoil

    mixed media, wearable art
    acrylic on carved birch 3.5"w x 3.5"h 2019
  • Brownie

    mixed media, wearable art
    felt, leather, canvas, ink cotton, rayon, sequin & glass beads 1'w x 2"h 2020
  • On The Fence

    mixed media, wearable art
    cotton, painted canvas, bird beads, glass beads, silk, wire, amber & stained wood 2.75" sq 2019
  • Tweet

    mixed media, wearable art
    wool, silver bird, button, velvet 3.5" x 2.25" 2019
  • Swing Dance

    mixed media, wearable art
    rayon, cotton 4.5"h x 5"w 2020
  • Sweet Heart

    mixed media, wearable art
    Cotton, foam, wool, sequin 3"h x 2"w 2020
  • House Plant

    mixed media, wearable art
    Silk, linen, canvas, tassel, turquoise, pearl & glass beads 4..25"w x 5.25"h 2020
  • Jellyfish

    mixed media, wearable art
    cotton, tulle, felt, pearls, sequins, lamé, cabochon & glass beads 3.25"w x 2"h 2020
  • Vessel

    mixed media, wearable art
    Linen, yarn, sequins & glass beads 2"w x 3.5"h 2020

Beasts

For a solo show at Captain Larry’s, October, 2015

  • Lizard

    acrylic on canvas 8” x 10” © J. Kelly Lane, 2015 collection of Jeff Lowrey
  • Manatee

    oil on canvas 16” x 20” © J. Kelly Lane, 2015 collection of Marcia Doran
  • Eat Your Greens

    acrylic on canvas 8” x 10” © J. Kelly Lane, 2015 collection of Jeff Lowrey
  • Arctic Wolf

    acrylic on canvas 8” x 10” © J. Kelly Lane, 2015
  • Psychodillo

    oil on canvas 18” x 24” © J. Kelly Lane, 2015
  • Cecil

    acrylic on canvas 8” x 10” © J. Kelly Lane, 2015
  • Black Cat

    acrylic on canvas 8” x 10” © J. Kelly Lane, 2015 collection of Alix Tobey Southwick
  • Saxophant (Elephone?)

    oil on canvas panel 14" x 17" © J. Kelly Lane, 2015
  • Horse Power

    oil on canvas 24” x 34” © J. Kelly Lane, 2015

Escape From Dog Circus - a pictorial ballad

I was doing work with a circus theme, including a few pastel drawings on paper I called Escape From Dog Circus. When my pal, Dave Israel, saw it, he said I should do a children's book. Dave had a two year old, so this sort of thing is on his mind these days. I told him I wasn't much of a writer, or illustrator and had never attempted a narrative series. I'd never attempted any visual/musical art collaboration, either.

Dave, however, is a multi-talented rocket scientist. Songwriting is in his bag of tricks. So, I struck a deal with him. I would do 9 more pieces about the escape if he wrote a song to go with them. After sending him some rough sketches, I sent him finished work - in no particular order. We did not discuss the story, except that I did tell him the names of a couple of specific dogs. He had the option to use them or not. We really didn't put our heads together until he sent me the first draft of his lyrics. I had a story in my head, he had a story in his. His included additional imagery that I felt necessary to be included in this pictorial ballad to round it out, so that made the series 14. The plan at this point is to try to raise some funds to get this made into a book with a CD of the music in the back.© J. Kelly Lane, 2011 All rights reserved
jkl 10/3/11

  • Airborne

    gouache, acrylic, graphite, colored pencil on rag 12? x12? © J. Kelly Lane, 2011
  • Hat & Ruff

    gouache, acrylic, graphite, colored pencil on rag 12? x12? © J. Kelly Lane, 2011
  • Into The City

    gouache, acrylic, graphite, colored pencil on rag 12? x12? © J. Kelly Lane, 2011
  • The Lookout

    gouache, acrylic, graphite, colored pencil on rag 12? x12? © J. Kelly Lane, 2011
  • Ticket Line

    gouache, acrylic, graphite, colored pencil on rag 12? x12? © J. Kelly Lane, 2011
  • Hatching A Plan

    gouache, acrylic, graphite, colored pencil on rag 12? x12? © J. Kelly Lane, 2011
  • Stupid Hat!

    gouache, acrylic, graphite, colored pencil on rag 12? x12? © J. Kelly Lane, 2011
  • The Key

    gouache, acrylic, graphite, colored pencil on rag 12? x12? © J. Kelly Lane, 2011
  • Frankie?s Trick

    gouache, acrylic, graphite, colored pencil on rag 12? x12? © J. Kelly Lane, 2011

SoBo Seen

This work is inspired by my neighborhood.

  • Sugar Stack

    acrylic on canvas 11 x14 2014
  • Orpheus

    acrylic on canvas 11 x14 2014
  • Parked Ford

    acrylic on canvas 11 x14 2014
  • BMI Flag

    acrylic on canvas 11 x14 2014
  • Cement Bubble

    acrylic on canvas 11 x14 2014
  • Sidewalk Chalk

    acrylic on canvas 11 x14 2014
  • BMI Grasses

    acrylic on canvas 11 x14 2014
  • EyePies08.jpg

    painting, portrait, blind, pies
    Eye Pies oil on canvas 18" X 24" Ⓒ J. Kelly Lane, 2008
  • arabber.JPG

    painting, cityscape, Baltimore, arabber, horse
    4:30 Friday (Arabber) 22” x 28” oil on canvas © J. Kelly Lane, 2015 collection of Nancy Lane
  • fancypants.jpg

    painting, bird bath, pants, oriole, modern
    Fancy Pants 15” x 30” acrylic on canvas © J. Kelly Lane, 2014 collection of Lauren Botterbusch