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 architectural and natural forms to create surreal environments in which my photos are assembled into the spaces and patterns of my designs. The complex and layered works are visual encounters that push the bounds of vision and reveal a place you might not recognize - but somehow, have been waiting to visit.
My photography is captured at every opportunity and selected based on a theme, location, color and texture. As the imagery interacts to create the highlights, shadows and contours of the new image, it also offers deeper discoveries within the composition. Because each piece may use up to a dozen photographs, there is always something new to encounter.
I often use recurring themes of water, light and reflection to capture that instant of sensation when these elements slide into each other. Mazes, passageways and mirrors captivate my surrealist sensibilities and drive the design concept of these illusionary pieces. I find the shimmering images and ephemeral changes of light to be a powerful reminder of the fleeting nature of our visions.
My art is optimistic and celebrates beauty while revealing a fresh glimpse into a new world. When people stand before my work uttering surprising exclamations and discover the images that wait in the sub-layers, I feel that I've been successful in creating an experience. It's meant to be a captivating and sublime encounter that will be hard to leave behind... the realization of "the more you look, the more you see".
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