Hack of All Trades

TJ Kelley III (b.1990) is an artist from Boston, Massachusetts. Working through a variety of visual media, he intends to explore social histories within storytelling using objects, patterns, and writing to examine the way our personal narratives distort the stories we hear and tell. Recalling early lithograph printed poster design and commercial iconography, he utilizes a bright but limited palette to render images of objects, assembling them together in provocative formations to engage the viewer’s own visual history to inform a story within the work. 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 across media and presentation.

TJ is the curator of Extension Gallery, an alternative art space above Orchard Skateshop in the Allston neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts.