Keltie Ferris

Keltie Ferris was born in 1977 in Lexington, Kentucky, and lives and works in New York. Making references to Impressionism and abstract painting as well as Pop art and graffiti—from Matisse and Mondrian to Rauschenberg and Hammons—his large-scale paintings are staunchly analog, despite the ease with which they can be read digitally.

Ferris’s investigations into the relationship between his body and the canvas have resulted in signature body prints and emphasize the artist’s fixation with abstraction. His process for these works—layering images created by pressing his oil-covered body against the canvas surface, and then brushing or spraying pigment onto it—is one of simultaneous concealing and exposing.

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