Dec. 3, 2021

Kelly L Walker

Kelly L Walker

Kelly Walker is an American born, self taught artist who continues to study at the ‘School of Life’. She found her way to Baltimore, Maryland by the age of 18 where she has lived ever since. Walker absorbs the beauty, chaos and reality of Baltimore City c


About Kelly L Walker 

Kelly Walker is an American born, self taught artist who continues to study at the ‘School of Life’. She found her way to Baltimore, Maryland by the age of 18 where she has lived ever since. Walker absorbs the beauty, chaos and reality of Baltimore City channeling it into her work.

In 2013, Walker purchased a rundown auto shop in the heart of the city. The building is located between the historic cultural arts district of Mt Vernon and the newly designated Bromo Arts district currently undergoing a neighborhood revitalization. In an immense labor of love, Walker transformed the downtrodden building into live/work space that has been featured in Baltimore Magazine as a work of art in of itself. An art collection covers the inside walls, boasting of other local artists. The studio and apartment serve not only as a place of business and a home but sometimes Walker opens her home for gatherings which benefit community organizations such as Creative Alliances ‘Art to Dine for’.

 

The dichotomy of Kelly Walker’s world translates onto her canvases as she paints in fits of inspiration which has led to an expansive collection of unique series, committing spontaneous reflections of her mood and emotions to canvas. Walker’s abstract paintings demonstrate the techniques, textures, and patterns she employs as a professional decorative painter. She pushes mediums past their intended purposes, encouraging them to collide and react, not rejecting happy accidents and forcing incompatible materials to meet. Utilizing a wide range of atypical materials, her works are intricately layered, calling reference to landscape, graffiti and color fields. Walker’s artwork has been featured extensively at venues both in and outside of the Baltimore area, including the Rosenberg Gallery, Silo Point, Gallery 1951 in Los Angeles & Las Laguna Art Gallery in California and the Delaware Museum of Art.


About Artstar Custom Paintworks

Paint is a wonderfully versatile medium, translating endless ranges of color, texture, or patterned ideas into functional, long-lasting designs.

Artstar Custom Paintworks is a Baltimore based decorative painting and faux finishing company founded by Kelly Walker in 2002. Artstar specializes in hand-applied, atmospheric finishes that capture and enhance the charm of any environment with sophisticated drama. We are dedicated to individualized service and the highest quality craftsmanship to make your improvement project a powerful and diverse work of art.

We actively develop new custom finishes for the design and architectural trades, and are well respected for our professional contracting services and collaboration in the design process. Services range from murals and traditional faux finishes, to custom painted finishes and fine Italian Plasters.

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