Festival of Arts announces the passing of artist Patrick Kelly

It is with deep sorrow that the Festival of Arts of Laguna Beach announces the passing of Patrick Kelly on January 21, 2024, at his home in Palm Springs, Calif. Kelly, a renowned artist with a passion for vibrant colors and an extensive and diverse body of work ranging from abstract to classical themes, was born in Paddington, London, England, on August 19, 1937. As a young man, he pursued his studies in fine art and industrial design at the Hammersmith School of Art in London, graduating with a national diploma in Industrial Design in 1957.

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Artist Patrick Kelly

After graduating, Kelly immigrated to Canada and later to the United States in 1960, where he held various positions in the field of Industrial Design. Settling in Laguna Beach in the late 1960s, he dedicated himself to his true passion – art. Kelly became an integral part of the Festival of Arts community, exhibiting for an impressive 42 years, with his first appearance in 1961.

Throughout his artistic journey, Kelly’s work garnered widespread recognition and was collected worldwide. The Festival of Arts acquired two of his pieces, Series II and Monolith, for their Permanent Art Collection in 1990. Beyond his role as an exhibitor, Kelly made outstanding contributions to the Festival where he served as a board member, curator and membership director.

Kelly lived in Laguna Beach from 1961 through 2002, leaving an enduring impact on the community he loved. His dedication, passion for the arts, and tireless efforts made him a beloved figure among fellow artists, board members and Festival employees. He was not only a creative mind and innovative artist, but also a funny individual with an infectious laugh. He was unique, one-of-a-kind, adventurous, and immensely likable – a kind-spirited, genuine soul.

To celebrate Kelly’s remarkable life and talent, the public is invited to a Memorial Gathering and Estate Sale at his studio/gallery on Friday, Feb. 2 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Lost Your Mind Gallery, 1000 South Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in memory of Patrick Kelly to The Artists Fund at Festival of Arts. The Artists Fund provided a major grant for Kelly’s interment and burial. To contribute, visit https://theartistsfund-foa.org/donate/.


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