Winter Garden at Muktinath
June 1 - July 15, 2017
First Thursday Reception:
June 1, 6 - 8 pm
Revered sculptor and painter, Lee Kelly is best known for his massive Cor-Ten and stainless steel sculptures installed throughout the Pacific Northwest. Winter Garden at Muktinath, a large freestanding stainless steel sculpture anchors the exhibition of new work and will be shown alongside hand-painted wall sculptures inspired by Kelly's travels.
Born in 1932 in McCall, Idaho, Lee Kelly graduated from the Museum Art School at the Portland Art Museum (now known as the Pacific Northwest College of Art) in 1959. Kelly’s long and prestigious career and prolific nature have resulted in a significant body of work which can be seen in public and private collections throughout the country, including the Portland Art Museum (Portland, OR), Stanford University (Palo Alto, CA), New Orleans Art Museum (New Orleans, LA), Seattle Art Museum (Seattle, WA), and the City of Sapporo, Japan. As one of the most recognized artists in the Northwest, his modernist sculptures are a central focus at regional institutions such as Reed College, Marylhurst University, Oregon State University, Catlin Gabel School, the Oregon Health and Sciences University, and the Washington Park Rose Garden. In 2012, one of his most significant works, Memory 99, was installed in Portland’s North Park Blocks, at the new home of PNCA. Kelly has been exhibiting at the Elizabeth Leach Gallery since the early 1980s. In 2010, he was the subject of a major career retrospective at the Portland Art Museum.