Kelly Shpeley is a multi-disciplinary artist from Nelson, which is located in the unceded Sinixt territory of British Columbia, Canada. She has had gallery showings in Canada, the United States, and Norway. She’s been published in Juxtapoz Magazine, Print Work Magazine, and Trend Prive Magazine. She has also worked in the film industry for a number of different studios. She’s done artwork for Stan Lee via the Calgary Comic Expo, and was lucky also to be part of Neil Gaiman’s “Calendar of Tales” (January 2015). She also painted the original poster for the Vancouver International Jazz Festival (Coastal Jazz) 2015. In 2018 she was part of the Nelson International Mural Festival.
Currently, she maintains a studio in historic downtown Nelson BC. Shpeley’s work is described as surrealistic and dreamscape. Her work in residency at the Narrows included breathtaking, complicated and detailed installation pieces. Her goal is to make art that most closely resembles her inner brainscape, and to inspire others to explore their potential.
Shpeley was the 2018 recipient of the Wood Gundy/Nelson and District Arts Council sponsored residency.