American artist Kelley Ogburn is best known for her figurative and floral compositions, combining gestural lines and raw mark-making with simple washes of color and bold strokes. In these moments of creation, Kelley addresses the whole of life — acknowledging struggle, but further noting its balance by beauty — challenging the viewer to fully accept all that life brings.
Kelley’s desire to create was cultivated from a young age when she first began to take regular art classes. Though it was while studying in the advanced placement art program during high school that she developed her love for gesture drawing and the contour line — still prevalent in her work today. She went on to earn her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Auburn University where she further explored different forms of mark making and the human response to them.
Exhibiting mainly in the southeastern United States, Kelley’s work exists in collections throughout the country and in private collections internationally. She has shown as a featured artist in Neiman Marcus, and was selected to be the featured artist for the Grand Summer Ball and the Festival of Flowers. Kelley currently lives and works in Fairhope, Alabama.
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