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Kelly Inouye
updated: 08/16/2012
website: www.kellyinouye.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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On Patrol
Untitled Fantasy
Blondes
Captain Nelson and Major Healey
Hogg
Lovey
Reverend Jim
Chain Gang
Terry, Jack, and Janet
Flipper
Providing You Protection For the Way You Live
This Highly Successful...
Tagging Sequence 1
People You Can Count On
Protecting You in Ways No One Ever Thought of Before
 
Portfolio Keywords:  conceptual, figurative, humor, portraiture, documentary, domestic, psychological, memory, information, social criticism
 
 
On Patrol by Kelly Inouye
On Patrol
Watercolor on Paper
2012
22" x  30" 
Untitled Fantasy by Kelly Inouye
Untitled Fantasy
Watercolor on Paper
2012
30" x  22" 
Blondes by Kelly Inouye
Blondes
Watercolor on Paper (diptych)
2005
30" x  48" 
Captain Nelson and Major Healey by Kelly Inouye
Captain Nelson and Major Healey
Watercolor on Paper
2006
30" x  22" 
Hogg by Kelly Inouye
Hogg
Watercolor on Paper
2006
54 " x  26 " 
Lovey by Kelly Inouye
Lovey
Watercolor on Paper
2008
51" x  39" 
Reverend Jim by Kelly Inouye
Reverend Jim
Watercolor on Paper
2005
30" x  22" 
Chain Gang by Kelly Inouye
Chain Gang
Watercolor on Paper
2005
30" x  22" 
Terry, Jack, and Janet by Kelly Inouye
Terry, Jack, and Janet
Watercolor on Paper
2005
30" x  22" 
Flipper by Kelly Inouye
Flipper
Watercolor on Paper
2005
30" x  22" 
Providing You Protection For the Way You Live by Kelly Inouye
Providing You Protection For the Way You Live
Colored Pencil on Duralar
2011
20" x  25" 
This Highly Successful... by Kelly Inouye
This Highly Successful...
Colored Pencil on Duralar
2011
8" x  12.5" 
Tagging Sequence 1 by Kelly Inouye
Tagging Sequence 1
Colored Pencil on Duralar
2011
8" x  32" 
People You Can Count On by Kelly Inouye
People You Can Count On
Colored Pencil on Duralar
2011
20" x  25" 
Protecting You in Ways No One Ever Thought of Before by Kelly Inouye
Protecting You in Ways No One Ever Thought of Before
Colored Pencil on Duralar
2011
20" x  25" 

Artist Statement
My watercolors are part of an ongoing series depicting sitcom characters from the 1970s and 80s. They highlight the archetypal, quirky characters mythologized through syndication. For me, the medium of watercolor is extremely nostalgic and sentimental. In using this medium in its loosest, most watery form to depict fictional characters, my intent is to examine issues of portrayal vs. portraiture. 

My series of drawings titled, "The Company You Keep" reference Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom, the archetypal nature show I watched every Sunday evening as a kid in which Marlin Perkins sends Jim Fowler to study animal behavior in particularly dramatic made-for-TV ways. The show first struck me as an odd advertising mechanism for insurance. I found many of their slogans simplistic and hilarious, especially in light of the state of the US healthcare system. By viewing this particular show as a time capsule reflecting the mentality of the era in which it was created, the drawings have evolved into a meditation on: the application of science to investigate mysteries of the natural world, the use of language to elevate the importance of a project, having the best intentions but being unable to foresee unintended consequences, and above all, Man’s classic literary struggle with Nature.

 

Artist Bio / CV

 

Kelly Inouye is a San Francisco based artist. Her work documents some of the more obscure aspects of popular culture, playing with the idea of collective memory through appropriation and manipulation of familiar imagery. She earned an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2008 and a BA from the University of California at San Diego in La Jolla in 1998. In the Bay Area her work has been shown at Southern Exposure, Frey Norris Contemporary and Modern, and Root Division. Nationally, by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and Morgan Lehman Gallery in New York. Her work has also been featured in New American Paintings.