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“Greek Mythology Now” opens at The National Arts Club, New York February 23, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Hellenic Light Americas.

Exhibition on view February 18 until February 24, 2007

John Woodrow Kelley, painter of new classicism, the bright artist and founder of the mytho-realist movement will debut an exciting solo show of his new works “Greek Mythology Now” at the architecturally striking Historic Landmark, the National Arts Club, located in the illustrious Tilden Mansion at 15 Gramercy Park South in Manhattan, 20th St. between Park & Irving Place, on the southwest corner of Gramercy Park. 

This exhibition will be on view February 18th to 24th.

On Thursday, February 22, 2007 The National Arts Club will host an invitational reception for the artist and this show between 6:00-9:00 p.m.  

In July, 2004 Kelley had a one-man show at the The Parthenon Museum of Nashville, Tennessee. That Museum, a concrete replica of the ancient Greek temple, was originally built in Nashville in 1897 for the Centennial Exposition. His work appropriately joined the Parthenon’s collection of plaster casts of the great 5th century BC statues by Polykleitos and Pheidias. Immediately after the Parthenon show, Kelley’s work moved to “One Gallery,” in the River North section of Chicago, that great city’s “Gallery District.”

Mr. Kelley was graduated from the University of Tennessee with a degree in art history.  He completed his studies in architecture from Pratt Institute in New York before devoting himself to painting and drawing at the Art Students League and the New York Academy in New York.

Morgan Library, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and Yale University are among the institutions to have commissioned and own Kelley’s works. His art is represented in the private collections of such distinguished persons as senior vice president of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Ashton Hawkins, and the writers, Reynolds Price and David Halberstam.

Kelley has shown his work at, among others: the John Pence Gallery in San Francisco, and Fischbach Gallery in New York, and is currently showing in the More Gallery in Philadelphia, and Pandora Old Masters in Milan, Italy.

His work has been published in the New York Times, the American Arts Quarterly, the Italian magazine, Amica and the architectural publication, The Classicist. Kelley is a fellow of the Morgan Library, and a fellow of the Institute of Classical Architecture. He divides his time between his studios in New York City and Knoxville, Tennessee.

David Ebony of Art in America writes: “Kelley pays homage to the collected knowledge of the past while imbuing the ancient myths with new meanings. In this way, the enduring values of antiquity that he evokes may resonate with the emotional vitality of the present moment.”

Related Links > www.JohnWoodrowKelley.com

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