Kelley Beville Ogburn
b.1979 // Mobile, AL
2001 // BFA, Auburn University
Working out of Fairhope, AL
I find the process of creating itself to be inspiring. It has taught me how to combine knowledge with instinct, and shown me the importance of focus, balance, and acceptance — both visually and personally.
I begin each piece with a line drawing, and then react with instinctual brush strokes and washes of color. The drawn subject captures a brief moment in time, while the visceral execution delivers the unseen truths surrounding it. This juxtaposition emphasizes the interconnectedness of all components of life: the seen with the unseen, the light with the darkness, the joy with the sorrow. For one cannot exist without the other.
My work exposes life for what it is — both hard and beautiful — and encourages the viewer to accept the whole of it. The whole of it being so much greater than its parts. For it is when all of the parts come together as one that the beauty of life is revealed.
I AM CONSTANTLY INSPIRED BY THE BEAuTY THAT CAN BE FOUND IN THE MIDST OF OUR STRUGGLES — WHEN WE CHOOSE TO BE GRATEFUL FOR THE NOW AND RELINQUISH OUR OWN DESIRES TO trust.
American artist, Kelley Ogburn, is best known for her figurative and floral compositions, combining gestural lines and raw mark-making with simple washes of color and bold strokes. In these moments of creation, Kelley addresses the whole of life — acknowledging struggle, but further noting its balance by beauty — challenging the viewer to fully accept all that life brings.
Kelley’s desire to create was cultivated from a young age when she first began to take regular art classes. Though it was while studying in the advanced placement art program during high school that she developed her love for gesture drawing and the contour line — still prevalent in her work today. She went on to earn her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Auburn University where she further explored different forms of mark making and the human response to them.
Exhibiting mainly in the southeastern United States, Kelley’s work exists in collections throughout the country and in private collections internationally. She has shown as a featured artist in Neiman Marcus, and was selected to be the featured artist for the Grand Summer Ball and the Festival of Flowers. Kelley currently lives and works in Fairhope, Alabama.