Interview with Artist, Vance Kelly by Madame X



Vance Kelly is an accomplished artist from New Orleans, known for his album cover and poster art.  He’s worked on creations for a slew of famed musicians, including Down, Huntress, Mastadon, Slayer, and The Sword.

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X: Is there a name for your style of art? Or, how would you describe your style in words.

Vance: I’m not quite sure that I have one particular style. I use several different styles to create my work depending on the outcome I have in mind. Most of my work has to do with symbolism, mythology, fantasy, and occult imagery. So, I prefer to use styles that coincide with those themes.


X: How did you become involved in the Obscuro Operis art exhibition in Austin this February 15th through 22nd?

Vance: Tod Waters and I have been working on projects together for awhile now. I was out in LA in December visiting him and  he invited me to do the show with him in Austin. We have similar influences that have had a large impact on our work and our creations seem to work well together.

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X: What do you think of Austin?

Vance: I love Austin. I always look forward to visiting. I live in New Orleans and feel there is a strong kinship between Austin and here due to our mutual love of food and music.

X: Besides the music of the artists that pay for your work, what are you currently listening to? Who would you like to work with?

Vance: Graveyard, Kadavar, and Orange Goblin are playing in my studio quite often these days. There are too many great bands to list all of the ones I would love to work with!


X: What projects are you working on now?

Vance: A few album covers including the next Down LP,  merch designs for some big name bands, more projects with Tod at Junker, and (I’m) working on a new series on canvas.

X: What was the most controversial piece of art that you’ve ever done?

Vance: Still working on that one!

X: What advice do you have for up-and-coming artists trying to make a living?

Vance: That is a tough question. Do the best work you can and try to develop a good network of clients.

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Images copyright Vance Kelly 2014. All rights reserved.

Love, Madame X


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