Troy Kelley is a painter and sculptor in Salado, Texas, a small artist community, located fifty miles north of Austin.
Troy received his undergraduate degree in Art Education from Midwestern University and a graduate degree from the University of Maryland. He has studied in Italy, Germany, Prague CZ, and the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C.
His work is usually realistic, covering a variety of subjects in cast bronze. However, recently he has been creating a series of sculpture cast in clear urethane, which have been very well received.
His monumental sized sculptures include two seven foot bronze figures for Killeen Regional Airport and a seventeen-foot tall monument for the Bell County Museum depicting the journey "Up The Chisholm Trail". His piece "Christ The Good Shepherd", a six foot bronze figure, was selected as the outdoor sculpture for Seton Medical Center of Harker Heights, Texas, was installed in 2012. Other locations to see his "Christ the Good Shepherd" are in front of the Salado United Methodist Church and in the main Sanctuary of the Arborlawn United Methodist Church in Ft. Worth.
He also arranged for the placement of the 4th ID sculpture located on Ft. Hood. He has a total of sixteen public sculptures through out the United States.
His design, "5 November 2009, Ft Hood Memorial" was selected to represent the victims and the wounded of that tragedy. It is located in Killeen on W.S. Young between the Shilo Hotel and the Killeen Conference and Civic Center. He has completed sculpting and casting fifteen personalize bronze sculptures to honor the victims. Because Troy is a Vietnam Veteran and has a strong affection for service members and the sacrifices they make for our freedom, he is donating his design concept, time and sculpting talent to this memorial. (Materials and foundry casting cost are paid by funds collected). He is also donating his talent in designing the Vietnam Memorial to be located in the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery, located on Hwy. 195, Killeen, Texas.
Troy enjoys painting in a style he refers to as free wheeling abstract expressionism. He also has completed some abstract sculptures. "Handicapped Mask", "Prometheus", and "QR Code", can be viewed in the new Salado Sculpture Garden.
Troy's latest shows include his One Man Show at the Kemp Center in Wichita Falls, Texas: Works in Progress, New York University: Venice, Italy: Texas One Hundred, Salado, Texas: and Loveland Sculpture Invitational, Loveland, Colorado. Prellop Fine Art Gallery, Salado, Texas, represents his work. Troy's work is in numerous private and public collections.