First Keely King Slates Art Exhibition at JJ Harrington Gallery

It’s a tale as old as time: the desert calls the artist. The artist responds to his wild call. The open sand landscape inspires innovative art. One of the latest emerging talents to push his work to the local scene has honed the prospect of Utah’s Keely King transplant in Burns Canyon, near Pioneertown. In his first gallery show, King will exhibit his abstract figurative paintings at the JJ Harrington Gallery in the Perez Road Art and Design District of Cathedral City. The exhibition, Aesthetic forms: the feeling of creating an illusionruns October 7-21 and also features sculptures by Tyler Sutton.

What drew you to the High Desert?

I moved to Los Angeles when I was 17 and lived there for about seven years. my time in the city has run its course. I had been here a few times and decided to move two years ago after the pandemic got a little crazy.

How does the territory inspire your work?

I was able to take a step back and get back to basics without all the crazy distractions of the city. I was able to strip things down, look at the horizon and see shapes and colors and take inspiration from the landscape. I was able to work on the negative space. … I definitely feel a great sense of peace and expansion living here.

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