Kimberlee Jaynes Interior Designs Inc. has had the delight of designing numerous interiors that have included Lee Kelly's sculptor.
His pieces give any room a dignity and velocity of life that is unequaled!
I adore his work and feel privileged to design rooms around his art.
Lee Kelly was born in 1932 in McCall, Idaho, grandson of a ranching family located near Riggins. He attended
Vanport University and the Portland Art Museum School, now known as Pacific Northwest College of Art.
In 1979, Lee first visited Nepal with his wife, artist Bonnie Bronson. This led to further travels to Asia, Mexico,
and Central America during which he explored the art and architecture of these cultures. In 1985, he was
awarded an Oregon Arts Commission grant to study the traditional bronze casting methods of the Newari
people of the Kathmandu Valley, in Nepal. His collaboration with local Nepali artists lasted several years,
and coincided with his interest in high-altitude adventure and mountaineering. In 1987 he was awarded the
Governor's Award for the Arts and in 1992 a Masters Fellowship in Sculpture from the State of Oregon.
His work is represented in numerous public collections, universities, businesses, medical facilities, and
private homes and gardens in Oregon, Washington, California, Texas and Virginia. Known for his monumental
public artworks, he has continued to adapt to new technologies as they became available. 2008 is the anniversary
of fifty years as a working sculptor. Lee divides his time between his sculpture studio in a converted dairy barn
on his farm in Oregon City, and the home of his long-time partner, Susan, in Portland. Lee Kelly is represented
by the Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, Oregon.