Kelsey Garrity-Riley: Drawing on the Edge of Personal History
Talented American illustrator Kelsey Garrity-Riley has a complex set of homeland ties— born and raised in Europe, Garrity-Riley spent her childhood traveling between Brussels, Belgium and a tiny German village. At the age of 18, Garrity-Riley returned stateside, to attend the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) where she has remained, sharing a home studio with her fellow illustrator— husband, Erik Riley. Life in Savannah has yielded numerous opportunities for the insightful artist, and during the week she works as a visual merchandizer in local shop The Paris Market, which affords her the freedom to work with a sense of expanded creativity.
Kelsey Garrity-Riley’s art embodies the aesthetic of her bi-continental upbringing, many scenes reminiscent of what she says is “more accepted in Europe”— a “dark or edgy” palette of muted colors. Presented with a sense of levitation and grace, Garrity-Riley’s images evoke a feeling of nostalgia and reach the viewer in a place of recollected truth. Fanciful, dreamlike visions do not distract from this connection, and instead inform the process of one’s memory, and quietly approach the world’s darker underlying edge. Garrity-Riley’s interest lies firmly in personal history, and her images are conjured from this place of sensitivity and intrigue.
(Artwork created for the famed The World is Not Flat)
(Window display at The Paris Market of Savannah)
(Kelsey Garrity-Riley is an illustrator based in Savannah, GA, where she attended SCAD, earning her BFA in Illustration. In 2010, Garrity-Riley received 3rd Place at the international children’s book competition Teatrio, and she is currently represented by the Catugeau Agency. Garrity-Riley is open to creating a variety of commissioned work. Her art is available for purchase on Etsy, and you should also read her blog! Like the girl with the pug says.)