(1884 - 1955)
Harold Osman Kelly was active/lived in Texas, Ohio. Harold Kelly is known for primitive landscape, rural scene.
Biography Harold Kelly
Naive western genre and landscape painter Harold Osman Kelly, was born on March 6, 1884 in Bucyrus, Ohio. The pattern of Kelly's later life was apparently established in his youth by the roving, gypsy life he led with his family in moves to Iowa, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. Nicknamed "H. O." or "Cowboy," Kelly's later life would be little changed.
He left home early, enthused by the lore of the American West, with dreams of making a living on horseback. He worked in thirty states, including Arizona, Nebraska, Wyoming, Arkansas and Oklahoma, as a cowboy, sheepherder, cowhand, logger, bullwhacker, grainfield and cottonfield worker, sharecropper, and, occasionally, rodeo rider. Kelly described himself, in a quote from Time
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