Kelly Leichert is a Saskatchewan-based artist who works in a variety of media, including acrylic, pencil, ink, charcoal, and even some digital media. The artist has a background in the architectural field, having worked as a draftsman.
I appreciate the mosaic, stained-glass aesthetic of many of Kelly’s paintings. Plant life seems to be a subject that the artist is drawn toward, and Kelly’s colour paintings of such subject matter are often dense, with the image plane fully covered and crossed over with networks of branches and leaves. In some recent works, Kelly has taken this stained-glass kind of look even further, utilizing a range of bright colours to create forms that are clearly outlined with heavy, dark borders.
The variety of media represented in the artist’s portfolio allows for an interesting view -- the artist’s style adapts easily to each medium. Ink, paint, and pen feel more structured, while the artist’s forays into sculpture are highly textured and tactile, with figures that are not quite fully resolved.