Kelly Rossetti - Contemporary Abstract Artist
Kelly Rossetti b 1979, is a contemporary abstract and figurative painter working out of her studio in Bridgeport, CT. While primarily self-taught, she studied classical oil painting at a small Atelier in NYC where she credits getting her foundation and love of the figure. Kelly works in both Acrylic and Oil and often utilizes an array of mixed media to achieve depth, texture and marks.
I am in love with all things paint. From the juicy, buttery marks of an oil stick to the way acrylic can flow by simply adding some mediums or water, my love affair with paint began when I quit my corporate job in fashion and began to explore the feeling of a paintbrush gliding across the canvas. My life turned upside down as I investigated another side of myself that I had no idea existed. As I continue to examine and inquire about what I’m striving to acheive in my work, it’s important for me to state how the work comes to be. My non-objective abstract work nearly always begins with play. Either through loose mark making that starts to inject a sense of life force energy into the painting, or by beginning with bold brushworks filled with color, I have found that I always tend to go back to these two things. Line and color. I find such comfort and excitement in what a simple line can do. It can be soft, it can be bold or blurred. It can tie the work together and complete a painting. My use of color is sometimes bold, sometimes soft…though one thing is for certain, there will always be pink….even if it’s hidden under 15 layers of paint. Whether it be loose and expressive figurative work or non- objective abstract paintings, I strive to capture an emotion that is evoked by viewing the work. It is my goal that every time you step up to the work, you notice something you hadn’t seen upon first glance. Those details and marks are sometimes carefully executed or the result of fearless, reckless abandon as I approach the work and allow myself to be free, use my entire body and face the canvas with endless possibilities.
Sorelle Gallery, Westport CT
His Daughter Paloma, Lenox, Massachusets
Current & Upcoming:
OPEN STUDIOS 11/11 & 11/12. 10 am- 5 pm. AMFAB STUDIOS 1069 CONNECTICUT AVE, BUILDING 4, STUDIO 403 on the 4th Fl.
Armonk Outdoor Show, NY September 30th-Oct 1, 2023-- BOOTH D 14
Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show- Philadelphia September 15-17, 2023
Person Exhibition- "Kaleidoscope" Sorelle Gallery- Westport CT July 7-29, 2023 *Meet and Greet with Artists Saturday July 8th 3-5 pm. READ ABOUT THE EXHIBITION HERE
"Instinctive Patterns" Visionary Projects // The Yard Flatiron North, NYC -- April 17- July 20, 2023
Residency at AIR Studios// Jen Tough Gallery with Danielle Krysa (The jealous curator) Santa Fe, NM May 22-29, 2023
Gritty in Pink, 4 Female Artists, The Gallery at SoNo 1420, October 5- November 5, 2022. Artist Reception Thursday, October 13, 6-8pm. Norwalk, CT
Armonk Fine Arts Festival, October 1 & 2, 2022 - RECEIVED 1ST PLACE AWARD FOR MIXED MEDIA PAINTING
Westhampton Beach Festival of the Arts, September 3 & 4, 2022
"Sense of Pace" SOLO Show, His Daughter Paloma, Lenox, Mass Artist Reception Sunday, July 3rd 3-5pm. July 3-August 3,2022
"Between Blurred Lines", 2 Person Exhibition at Norwalk Art Space October 28th- December 2 Norwalk, CT
*Opening Reception Oct 28 from 6-9 pm.
Artist Talk with Kelly Rossetti & Joanna Lentini. Moderated by David Green of the Cultural Alliance November 7th // 1-3 pm, Norwalk art Space
Armonk Outdoor Art Show Armonk , NY September 25-26, 2021
Quiet Moments: Exhibition featuring work of Daniel Pollera and Kelly Rossetti. Sorelle Gallery, Westport CT Opening reception July 10, 2021 - August 1, 2021
Norwalk Art Space Resident Artist and Korry Fellow Opening Exhibit June 4, 2021- July 15, 2021
Norwalk Art Space Korry Fellow June 2021-May 2022
Westport Fine Arts Festival Westport, CT May 29-30, 2021
His Daughter Paloma Inaugural Group Show Lenox, Mass May 22, 2021- June 22, 2021
Art Essex Gallery Live Invitational Exhibition, Westport CT February 5 - 28, 2021
Juried by Lisa Cooper of the Elisa Contemporary Art Gallery & Art Salon.
Visionary Projects in collaboration with Lohme Art Gallery Juried Virtual Exhibition: Disrupting the Stillness November 16 - December 16, 2020
Sono Arts Fest Gallery Walk-- Washington Ave, Norwalk CT October 22- Dec 29
Visionary Projects Juried Virtual Exhibition: Part I, The Era of Seclusion
October 2, 2020- November 10, 2020
Armonk Outdoor Show Armonk, NY October 3-4, 2020 *VIRTUAL ONLY*
Bruce Museum Fine Arts Show, October 2020 *Virtual Only*
Carriage Barn Arts 2020 Member Show September 12- October 11, 2020
*Speaker on the Panel Discussion: The Intersection of Art & Design: October 8 6:30 pm. Virtual Event
Ridgefield Guild of Artists Juried Member Show, Ridgefield, CT March 21-April 26, 2020
Juried by Adrienne Ruger Conzelman of ARC Fine Art *View on-line exhibition here.
Small Group Show, Wilton Library, Wilton, CT November 15- January 6, 2020
Solo Show, Gallery at the Pearl, Westport CT September 23- November 23, 2019
Armonk Outdoor Art Show Armonk, Ny September 21-22, 2019
Stamford Art Festival Stamford Harbor Point, CT July 27-28, 2019
Westport Fine Arts Festival Westport, CT July 20-21, 2019 *Received Award of Excellence
Norwalk Art Festival Norwalk, CT June 29-30, 2019
CCNS Art Show South Norwalk, CT May 30- June 1st, 2019
Carriage Barn Arts Center Spectrum Selections: Ditto, juried by Blaire Clarke & Sarah Tortorich of Voltz Clarke Gallery NYC April 6th- May 9th, 2019
Armonk Outdoor Art Show Armonk, Ny September 29-30, 2018
Westport Fine Arts Festival Westport, CT July 14-15, 2018
Art Expo New York Pier 94 NYC. BOOTH 602, Showing through Galerie MJ Laberge Gallery April 19-22, 2018
SOLO Show Abstraction & Form, Gallery on Division Somerville, NJ October 31st- December 2nd, 2017
Juried Group Show: Bring on the Blue, Norwalk CT Oct6-8, 2016
Westport Fine Arts Festival Westport, CT July 16- July 17, 2016
We welcome studio visits by appointment. Please email to schedule.
My Studio is located in the historic American Fabrics Art Building in Bridgeport, CT
1069 Connecticut Ave