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Early Works

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Kelly B. Darr combines a classical sense of composition with nontraditional use of materials. In the 1990s she painted Nabokovian nymphets frolicking in the ocean waves using as her palette high gloss nail enamel; the results resembled candy-colored pin-ups oozing with sly femininity.

From there she progressed to large canvases in the abstract expressionist vein, executed in the new media process of foil imaging. On close inspection one detects holographs and other photographic effects emerging from seemingly random spills of metallic color.

Ms. Darr studied at the Cleveland Institute of Art and the University of Iowa (under Virginia Meyers); she has exhibited at Trans Hudson Gallery, Puffin Room and Test Site Gallery.