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JP Kelley: Early Montana

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A life lived through art and the old west Montana

 In 1980, Kelley took his art to Europe in conjunction with a promotion of Western products sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. 

JP Kelly website

Artist Bio

JP Kelley's sculptures were exhibited around the West as well as on a national tour in 1973 that included the world-famous Kennedy Gallery, New York; Newman Galleries, Philadelphia; the Wally F. Findlay Galleries in Chicago; and Willoughby-Toschi Art Gallery in San Francisco. By 1990, J.P. had moved to rural Oregon and showed his bronze sculptures only occasionally thereafter. During retirement, he turned his attention to compiling and publishing a couple collections of his pen-and ink sketch cartoons. The first, Whang Leather, captures cowboy life on the range, while his second, I Saw It at the Mall, is a contemporary and humorous look at American culture. He also published a collection of his early working sketches and notes in a book titled A Trash Bin Interception. All three titles are out of print.

​J.P. spent his final few years in Sturgis, South Dakota, where he died January 28, 2005, just shy of his 78th birthday. Fortunately for the public, some of his bronze sculptures are still being sold and shown in secondary markets, but the majority of them remain in beloved private collections.

Source/Submitted by:  J.P. Kelley bio sketch, Compiled by Connie Fairfield Ganz 2019


Sculptures from JP Kelley


Bigfork Art / Cultural Center

We are an creative and educational hub in Bigfork that inspires people of all ages through a wide variety of workshops, lectures, and learning opportunities. BACC shares cultures through art and story stewardship. This is BACC’s way of bridging the connection between our past and the future we wish for our children, ourselves, and our world. As determined by the Internal Revenue Service Code, Bigfork Art and Cultural Center is a 501(c)3 organization, exempt from federal income tax. Bigfork Art and Cultural Center's tax identification number is 366212000. 

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