When I see a nude that I am itching to touch, I know the artist has done more than just "depict"... instead, I feel Kelly has "introduced" me to someone, almost as if she were standing behind my shoulder, showing me her snapshots and saying, "..and this is my cousin Ben and that is my friend Joy and those are the turtles we saw on vacation..."
Passionate. Sensitive. Classic. Full of natural, fluid movement - as though the subject is about to walk off the pedestal. Sensual. Full of life and motion; an intuitive artist that creates form from mere substance. These are just a few of the things that art lovers have said about the work of artist Kelly Borsheim.
BorsheimArts.com is the official site of Borsheim Arts Studio, featuring the figurative bronze and stone sculptures, as well as paintings and drawings created by this US and Italy-based artist. While Kelly's paintings of the human body are often described as abstract,
her 3-dimensional work is somewhat classically representational, detailed, and fluid. Her knowledge of human anatomy allows her to create sensitive artworks of grace that one art collector described as "daring yet sophisticated. She respects the balance of modesty and [the] erotic and blends it to create the human spirit for what it truly is." Another viewer said,
"She has such a wonderful understanding of the materials she uses that she creates beautifully natural art, full of expression and movement."
Artist Kelly Borsheim was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, in the United States of America in 1964. After moving to central Texas, her art career started off in photography, specifically lab work and later photo restoration. In 1992, she studied line, tone, and then color for a year before going out on her own to draw from life.
In late 1994, she began to study sculpture at the Elisabet Ney Sculpture Conservatory. Kelly later enhanced these studies by . . . (click here for more).
Since her first painting sale in October 1997 (an oil painting titled Hand Off Knee),
Kelly's paintings and bronze and stone sculpture are now in private collections throughout the United States and in Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Italy, France, The Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and New Zealand.
While her love of the ocean is evident in her aquatic sculptures, she is best known for communicating ideas in her work with the human figure. Kelly sculpts in clay and wax for casting limited edition bronze sculptures, as well as carving directly in stone
(usually marble or alabaster) for one-of-a-kind works of art. Although primarily a sculptor, she believes that drawing is the essence of all of the visual arts and continues to draw from live models and paint nudes from life as well.
Kelly Borsheim's techniques for painting and sculpting the nudes or marine/aquatic artworks are often shown on many of the pages depicting individual artworks. She also teaches anatomy on occasion.
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Kelly is an American artist working in Florence, Italy. Contact the artist via this site for the most efficient method of communication. You may also enjoy reading the blog about Art and Italy, here: http://artbyborsheim.blogspot.com
Bloomington, Indiana, USA
5 November 2004
The artist at her opening for
From Paper to Bronze:
Sculptors Who Draw
July 2, 2002
copyright Jane Steig Parsons
Prints Charming Photography of Austin
2-minutes poses sketched in charcoal by Kelly