Jonathan Kelly Totemic Idols, Dormant Deities And Headless Figures In Contorted Yogic Positions

Jonathan Kelly (b. 1988, Hereford, UK) previously studied Fine Art Painting at Wimbledon College of Art. Kelly draws on the earliest art, the Paleolithic, as it looks beyond today’s complexities to more universal concerns of life, death and sexuality. In his most recent Easy Pray series, Kelly paints totemic idols or deities. Headless figures in contorted yogic positions appear to emerge from within the canvas, as if these dormant deities have been illuminated with saturated color. By paralleling art production with religious belief, both essentially irrational acts, he questions their implicit values and objectives.

Jonathan Kelly totemic idols, dormant deities and headless figures in contorted yogic positions
Hand on Heart (Stars)
Jonathan Kelly totemic idols, dormant deities and headless figures in contorted yogic positions
Chance Maker, World Faker, Dream Waker, Earth Shaker, Heart Breaker, Grace Taker
Jonathan Kelly totemic idols, dormant deities and headless figures in contorted yogic positions
I Am Fire I Am Stone
Jonathan Kelly totemic idols, dormant deities and headless figures in contorted yogic positions
Mouth Breather Bleed
Jonathan Kelly totemic idols, dormant deities and headless figures in contorted yogic positions
Dark Venus

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