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at William Campbell Contemporary Art - opens september 09
by Todd Camplin

The state of Maine is a treat to visit in the summer. There is a vibrant art community there that
has deep roots dating back to the early 1800’s. Important artists like Edward Hopper and
Winslow Homer worked in Maine. Maine College of Art and Skowhegan School of Painting
and Sculpture along with the University of Maine schools create a platform for new artists
to populate the state with creative production.
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DFW periodically gets a taste of Maine when artists come southwest to show their work. This
year we will be treated to paintings and sculptures from Jeff Kellar. He will be the opening
show at William Campbell Contemporary Art to mark the beginning of the fall art season.
Compartment #21 (yellow);
5 x 5.75  x 2 inches

From the images I have seen, Jeff Kellar has remained pure to his vision of minimal shapes.
These paintings and sculptures are works that emphasize the subtleties of paint applied
to a surface. These works are not just about paint, but shapes and forms as well.
Unfortunately, a photo of his work does not do his surface of paint justice. You have
to be in front of these objects to see the texture of his pieces.
If gasoline begins to flow back into DFW or if you have an electric car, then go visit William
Campbell Contemporary Art next weekend. Part of supporting your local art scene is
showing up, so get out there and make an effort to see everything. If you can’t go to
the opening, you still have time. Jeff Kellar’s show runs through October 14th.
Reveal 1
48 x 35 inches
September 9th is Fort Worth’s Fall Gallery Night. Museums and art galleries will be open late or
have special programing. William Campbell Contemporary Art is one of the keystone art galleries
of Fort Worth, so they will be first on my list of visits. Two years ago, Jeff Kellar had a show at William
Campbell that featured minimal shapes and line paintings. The show featured work that was clear
and crisp. His application of paint was stylistically hard-edge, yet his paintings did not lose the
handmade feeling. Although his work looks effortless, you get the feeling Kellar has invested a lot
of thought into each painting. I am excited to see this new body of work and see how he has
changed over the past two years.
Glimpse 22
28.5 x 31.5 inches
Blocks (BRW1);
9 x 2.5 x 3 inches
Blocks (BYG1);
9 x 2.5 x 3 inches
Blocks (BRB2);
9 x 2.5 x 3 inches