Ever since he was a senior at Triton High School, 7 years ago, Ryan Kelley has been creating beautiful pieces of art. Ryan prefers to work with metal wire made from bare copper, tinned copper, and steel. He favors smaller, 22-gauge wire because of its malleability. He says he really loves to create with “anything where I can pick up a power tool and get to work”.
Ryan has always had been a “3D guy”. He never thought about choosing art as a career until after he graduated high school. He joined the NAA as an artist member in 2011 shortly after his work was shown in the Young and Budding Artist show. “As soon as I saw what the NAA offered to a teenager, I knew it was a place I wanted to spend more time”. Today he is a member of the NAA Board of Directors. He recently was accepted into the New England Sculptors Association and plans to join more art organizations in 2019 in order to increase his exposure and knowledge.
Ryan believes that being an artist has helped him become more flexible both with his work and in life. It sometimes is difficult as a sculptor to be a perfectionist. “Being a working artist has helped me learn that most things are out of my control. Reality and rolling with the punches while sculpting and creating isn’t easy, but I’m learning to go with the artistic flow.”
He also tries to live the words “Only Good Things”. This is his family’s motto, that his brother, Justin, a musician came up with. This motto is also a representation of his attitude. “It’s all about your state of mind, and having only good things come your way is a great perspective. Especially as an artist.
Artists such as Greg Klassen, Markus Sebastiano, and Donald Jurney inspire Ryan. He admires them for their art, but also for their dedication to their work. Nature is also an inspiration. “Every time I travel or explore I search for weird or interesting examples of nature. Plants have a way of overcoming and growing in spite of obstacles, and that struggle is inspiring to me.” Nature plays a key role in his Featured Artist Show entitled Re:Forestation.
Ryan’s first Featured Artist Show at the NAA will run from November 6th, through the 18th. Ten percent of the show proceeds will also be donated to Friends of Newburyport Trees, which will help to not only preserve, but also plant new trees in Newburyport.
Despite being nervous about his show, as it will be the largest body of work he has ever displayed, he is also very excited to have this opportunity to showcase his work.
Watch Ryan’s creative process in the video below:
Want more of Ryan? Check out his Facebook: Wire By Ryan, Instagram: @wirebyryan, or website: www.wirebyryan.com
Bella Nadeau is a Sophomore at The Governor’s Academy, and the author of the 2018 NAA “Meet Our Member” articles.