Leon Kelly, American Surrealist

Leon Kelly, American Surrealist 2020-06-22T11:17:11-04:00

“Cascades Of Souls”
Leon Kelly (American 1901-1982)
Signed & Dated lower left & verso
Size 50″ x 40″
Oil on canvas
Excellent condition
Provenance; Estate of the artist
Literature; Leon Kelly An American Surrealist; Martica Sawin, Illustrated page 50, color plate #34

May 3 – August 31, 2019 [CLOSED EARLY]

Leon Kelly (American, 1901-1982) began his artistic studies in Philadelphia and Paris. Despite early financial hardships, the artist excelled, and his work was acquired by major museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney Museum.

However, the second half of his life was marked by self-imposed isolation with Kelly dying in relative obscurity.

Nearly 40 years since Kelly’s death, this exhibition will serve as one of the first retrospectives spanning the artist’s entire career.

Leon Kelly, American Surrealist is organized by the David David Gallery of Philadelphia.


OUMA is temporarily closed for installation. The museum will open back up on the 24th for “Heartbound Ministries: Art from the Inside.”

OUMA is participating in Smithsonian magazine's Museum Day 2019 with free admission and special hours.

Visit OUMA Saturday, September 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.