contemporary art

Kelsey Montague

United States 1985

Murals, Design

Kelsey Montague
Kelsey Montague
United States
April 4, 2015

Kelsey Montague is a New York-based artist, whose pen and ink drawings reflect a unique worldview. Each work is intuitively created, revealing multiple, intricate layers. Her ‘drawings within drawings’ are imbued with memories, dreams, emotions and, above all, the artist’s uniquely creative style.

Kelsey Montague’s beginnings

Originally from Colorado, Kelsey Montague has lived in Florence, London, New York City and Los Angeles. She studied Art, Design and Media, with combined studies, at Richmond, the American International University in London, where she received an American Bachelor of Arts degree (summa cum laude), as well as a British Bachelor of Arts degree with First Class Honors. At school her interactive, controversial Wall won her the best junior art award. This piece explored the antagonistic relationship certain groups of students had at the school. Her senior year Kelsey was again awarded this time with the ‘Outstanding Graduate in Art, Design and Media’ Award.

Traveling as a source of inspiration

After school her travels have taken her to Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Oceania, and her artwork has been featured in exhibitions in Boulder, Florence, London and New York. Montague’s observations and experiences are translated in her drawings, offering a perspective that is both broadly universal and deeply personal. Kelsey is one of very few artists that are exploring how public art, interactive art and social media intersect. Her mural work specifically invites people into a piece and then invites people to share their experience online. She believes that art should not be separated from the human experience. Instead the human experience should have a hand in creating the art itself.

Montague’s interest in relation between social media and art

Most recently Kelsey has been creating large scale, interactive street murals around the world. Each piece provides an opportunity for people to step into the work and become a ‘living work of art.’ Montague’s style is as whimsical and freewheeling as it is complex and considered. The angel wings murals, like social media itself, are loaded with smaller images and stories that help make up the bigger picture. Participants are encouraged to post pictures of the work, and their interaction with it, on social media under the hashtag #whatliftsyou. Thousands of people have participated in an online discussion about what inspires them in their lives. This art has been featured by Forbes, MTV, Buzzfeed, Refinery 29, Mashable, Taylor Swift and Vanessa Hudgens.

Kelsey Montague currently lives and works in New York City.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2015#whatliftsyou winged mural Salt Lake City, UtahSolo
2015#whatliftsyou winged mural Melbourne Central, Melbourne, Australia Solo
2015Smoothy Love muralRichmond, Melbourne, Australia Solo
2015#whatliftsyou Balloon muralQueen Victoria Market, Melbourne, AustraliaSolo
2015#whaliftsyou winged muralFlinders Street Station, Melbourne, AustraliaSolo
2015#whatliftsyou winged mural Sunshine Coast Gallery, AustraliaSolo
2015#whatliftsyou winged mural Ponsonby, Auckland, New ZealandSolo
2015#whatliftsyou winged mural Bondi Beach, Sydney, AustraliaSolo
2014#whatliftsyou winged mural Nolita, New York CitySolo
2014#whatliftsyou winged mural Littleton, ColoradoSolo
2014#whatliftsyou winged mural Las Vegas, NevadaSolo
2013Haiti: Beyond Mountains There are MountainsArt for Change Gallery, New York City and BostonGroup
2009The Ivy Film FestivalBrown University GalleryGroup
2009Little Rock Film FestivalLittle Rock Flim Festival GalleryGroup
2009Breckenridge Film Festival (Audience Favorite Award)Breckenridge Film FestivalGroup
2009Moodance (Spirit of Moodance Award)Boulder, ColoradoGroup
2009Art ExhibitFace Up Gallery, Las VegasGroup
2008Going Public ExhibitRichmond University Art Exhibit, LondonGroup
2006Breaking Free From Child Poverty ExhibitRichmond University Art Exhibit, LondonGroup
2005Art ExhibitDudley Gallery, Boulder ColoradoGroup
2005Art ExhibitSyracuse University Art Exhibit, Florence ItalyGroup