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We are pleased to feature the paintings of Kelly Lyles in the May-June 2022 exhibit at the Burien Arts Gallery Wall, Highline Heritage Museum, 819 SW 152nd Street, Burien, WA.

“Life is a lot of fun, and I’d like the viewers to share that in my work. Growing up all over the world, I developed an interest in people and our foibles; laughter is universal,” said Kelly.  “Although I’ve worked in a number of different ‘styles and media, all are based on representational art steeped in classical training.”

After years in commercial art as a designer and illustrator, she is now focused primarily on painting in oil, acrylic, and watercolor.

Kelly has produced a number of series of paintings on a theme. The theme of the paintings in the Burien Arts exhibit is Corona Queens. Every queen has corona viruses in her crown. A brief description of the history of each queen is posted by each painting.

Other series Kelly has created include:

–Candyland (50 small representations of candy from around the world on a painting of the famous game’s board)

–Twelve Steps (12 paintings of drunks and junkies)

–Rodents (23 painting of visual puns)

–Saints and Sinners (a series of watercolors of mythological and historical figures).

The WA State Art Commission bought six of Kelly’s paintings for various schools.

She has also designed and painted murals, and was recently commissioned to paint an 11-foot mural for Sound Transit.

Three-dimensional projects include “artcars”. Kelly paints artistic designs on cars. Examples include a Honda van covered with paintings of women’s fashion (shoes, purses, jewelry, etc.), and a Prius covered with paintings of birds.

Other three-dimensional work includes decoration of 14 large fiberglass sculptures (pigs, nutcrackers, et) for various civic associations and benches for the P.A.C.E and the West Seattle Merchants bench projects

Kelly’s work has been widely featured on TV. National TV coverage includes the Travel Channel, Discovery Channel, Odyssey network, and HGTV. Local TV includes Northwest Afternoon, Evening Magazine, and local news. Print publications featuring Kelly’s work include the New York Times, and magazines Woman’s World and National Geographic Kids. Harrod Blank has written two books about the artcars (available on amazon.com) and featured them in his 2009 film Weird Washington.

Kelly has taught oils, acrylic, and watercolor painting and currently teaches drawing at a local college.

She holds a degree in Graphic Design from Seattle Central College. Kelly also attended Drake University, Des Moines, IA, and the University of Minnesota Academy of Art, San Francisco, CA.

The Museum is open Thursday – Sunday 1:00 PM-5:00 PM. Admission to the Wall is free.

All works on display at the Museum are for sale. QR codes are posted at the exhibit for easy purchasing via credit card, or contact Burienarts@gmail.com if purchasing by check.