Kelson Thorne

Contemporary Artist and Muralist

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My ambition for painting did not start early. My first painting was not until I was 21 years old. Soon after I changed my degree and received my BFA from West Virginia University in 2019. 

My works on canvas vary from different styles. They tend to contain all-over compositions that can look chaotic at times. Bright colors and expressive line quality are prevalent in my work. I try to value content over subject matter when creating indirect paintings. However, some of my pop art paintings are merely surface deep. I want the viewer to determine for themselves if there is a deeper meaning, and if there is, I want that to be dependent on the viewer.

Growing up in a small town in West Virginia, I was raised primarily by my late grandfather and mother. I have always wanted to bring something new and unique to the area. In my hometown of Petersburg, WV visitors will see my murals scattered throughout the town and surrounding areas of West Virginia. Some contain resource information for those struggling with addiction and mental health disorders, due to the impact of the opioid epidemic in Appalachia.

I enjoy making art for the public for everyone in the community to enjoy it. Art has impacted my life greatly and I wish to do something great with it.

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