Artist Statement

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. 

BIO

Kelly Rossetti is a contemporary abstract and figurative painter based out of Westport, 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.   

Representation:

 

Destination Haus  East Hampton, NY 

His Daughter Paloma  Lenox, MA  

Sorelle Gallery  Westport, CT  

 

Select works available at:

Monika Olko Gallery  Sag Harbor, NY

Upcoming:

Armonk Outdoor Art Show  Armonk , NY September 25-26,  2021   Booth B-14

"Between Blurred Lines",  2 Person Exhibition at Norwalk Art Space October 28th- December 2  Norwalk, CT 

CV:

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

Bridgeport Art Trail Open Studios November 14-15, Nest Arts Factory Bridgeport, CT

*VIRTUAL and APPOINTMENT ONLY*

Visionary Projects Juried Virtual Exhibition: Part I, The Era of Seclusion 

October 2, 2020- November 10, 2020 

https://thevisionaryprojects.com

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 

 

Spag Group Show Norwalk, CT Oct 19, 2018 

Armonk Outdoor Art Show   Armonk, Ny  September 29-30, 2018

Westport Fine Arts Festival    Westport, CT July 14-15, 2018

CCNS Art Show  Rowayton, CT May 31-June 2nd, 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

Unique LA   LA, California  May 13-14, 2017

Juried Group Show: Bring on the Blue, Norwalk CT Oct6-8, 2016

Westport Fine Arts Festival Westport, CT July 16- July 17, 2016 

Art at Ives Juried Fine Art Fair Danbury, CT June 11- June 12, 2016 

Art About Town Westport, CT  May19- June 19, 2016

38th Annual Juried Show at Ridgefield Guild of Artists, Ridgefield, CT  September 26- October 25, 2015

Westhampton Beach Festival of the Arts- September 5 & 6, 2015 Booth Location- 95

Westport Fine Arts Festival - July 18 - July 19, 2015  Booth Location- 119

Leah Lopez Atelier Annual Exhibition Salmagundi Club Ny, Ny April 6-April 12, 2015

Juried Group show: Osilas Gallery Bronxville, Ny July 10-August 10, 2014  "Summer Articulated"