Diarmuid Kelly's farming background has become more evident in his paintings in recent years. Kelly says "I have always been interested in telling stories through my paintings. Farming is a hard but very rewarding way of life and it reminds me of a simpler time. We all have moments in our day that we can sometimes take for granted moments that are worth capturing with a brush". Photorealistic Oil Painter Diarmuid Kelly moved with his family from Ireland to the United States in 2008.
Kelly is a self-taught artist and has been painting professionally since 1997. He has received National and International recognition for his realistic animal paintings. His work can be seen in many prestigious homes of Art Collectors in Ireland, England, Wales, Australia and the United States.
Kelly has had several successful solo and group shows in Greenville, Spartanburg, and Union Counties since his move to the U.S. 10 years ago. He was recently included in the publication "Artists Among Us - 100 faces of Artists living and working in the Spartanburg."
Travelers Rest Artist Alliance, sponsor of the 7th Annual Art on the Trail, is pleased to announce Diarmuid Kelly as a Judge for the juried art competition at the festival.
Since its inception in 2012, Art on the Trail has contributed greatly to the vibrancy and growth of Travelers Rest, SC. Vendors have rated Art on the Trail as one of their preferred selling experiences. Trailblazer Park in Travelers Rest, SC was designed for festivals and community events will be the exclusive site of our Festive October 20, 2018 event.
I began teaching graphic design courses at Furman University in the fall of 1999. I am currently an Associate Professor of Art and Chair of the Art Department at Furman. I did my undergraduate work at Western Kentucky University where I received a BA in Advertising and Graphic Design in 1993. I received his MA and MFA in Design from the University of Iowa in the spring of 1999.
I maintain an active professional presence. I am an advocate of design as a medium/tool to tell stories through the mindset of empathy. I believe empathy is the centerpiece to a human-centered design process. My view is that people should provide the inspiration and direction for ideas, rather than simply utilizing the latest trend or absolute reliance on expertise, possibly excluding the empathetic connection. Responding to human feelings and concerns allows one to create designs that are truly powerful, useful and meaningful to people and society.
My work mainly consists of identity design, branding, web design and facilitating large and small scale collaborations to solve complex problems. I serve as a consultant for Make-A-Wish Foundation of South Carolina. I've also been a guest writer and lecturer on type/design/branding and the teaching of design on websites as well as national conferences.