TJ Kelley III (b.1990) is a practicing artist from Boston, Massachusetts. Working through a variety of visual media, he intends to explore fictions within storytelling using objects, patterns, and writing, examining the way our personal narratives distort the stories we hear and tell. Recalling early 20th century lithograph posters and later Bauhaus graphic design, he utilizes a bright but limited palette to render images of objects, using texture and layering to give these objects dimension. While TJ’s paintings and drawings remain the primary focus, in recent years he has begun a more immersive art practice by incorporating sculpture, bookmaking, and installation to create a unified expression.
TJ is an art handler specializing in matting and framing. He is also the manager of Extension Gallery and does a little bit of everything over at Orchard Skateshop in the Allston neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts.