Born in Alba, IN on Nov. 8, 1886. Kelley studied at the ASL of NYC and in Paris. Upon returning from France, he eked out a precarious living doing pen-and-ink drawings for newspapers in NYC. With his new wife Edith Summers, he lived briefly in New Jersey and Kentucky before settling in San Diego in 1924. There he taught life drawing and worked with Donal Hord on sculpture projects. He was active in San Diego until 1945 when he moved north to Los Gatos. His final years were spent as a resident of Castro Valley, CA where he died on Sept. 8, 1965. Kelley is best known for his pen-and-ink drawings, lithographs, drypoint and bitten-line etchings.
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
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