About the Artist
Leslie Kell is an artist and designer whose career has spanned more than 30 years Austin. Although trained traditionally, after years as a graphic artist, Leslie found herself exploring photography and digital art.Leslie has been included in the 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2019 People’s Gallery at Austin City Hall. She has participated in dozens of exhibits, including several featuring digital art. She was awarded first place in the 2019 Re-Imagine Juried Exhibit in photography. Her work has been featured multiple times on the covers of the Georgetown Arts and Cultural Guide, Austin All Natural Magazine and the NARM Quarterly. She had a solo exhibit at the Elisabet Ney Museum for FotoATX 2019. Currently, a special collection of her newest cinemagraphs are running at Austin Bergstrom International Airport on the digital gate markers.Leslie lives in the Austin area, with her husband of over 30 years, her dog Frida and 2 cats. She has served on the board of the Creative Arts Society, a local non-profit for artists, for several years and is a past President. She has an active exhibit schedule and works in many areas as a visual artist, including commissions for corporate and private collections.
My artwork is created using an original technique that synthesizes the artistry of design and photography. I work with natural forms to create surreal environments in which my photos are assembled into the spaces and patterns of my designs. As the imagery interacts to create the highlights, shadows and contours of the new image, it unfolds to deeper discoveries within the composition. Because each piece may use up to a dozen photographs, there is always something new to encounter. Recent collections are based in concepts surrounding the complexities of adjacent realities, perceptions and memory. The artwork explores individuality as it relates to our place in the natural world and how our unique vision affects our reality. The imagery is optimistic and celebrates beauty while revealing a glimpse into a new world of endless possibilities. The complex and layered works are meant to be visual encounters that reveal a place you might not recognize—but somehow, have been waiting to visit.