kelly kyv

An Interview with Artist Kelly Kyv

by
Daulton Dickey.

Kelly Kyv is an artist whose works you won’t see plastered in magazines or online—to the detriment of lovers of strange, quirky, absurdist art.

Now a resident of Greece, she was born and raised in Canada, where she received a degree in graphic arts. Her passion for art seemed to choose the course her life took. In 1989, shortly after graduating college, she entered and won a competition resulting in four of her illustrations appearing as Christmas seals for the Canadian Lung Association.

She took an extended hiatus from art to raise four kids. But now she’s back. “Eventually, I got back into creating my art,” she told me, “which is mainly for myself—but I am looking into selling [it] soon.”

Let’s start with the basics: when did you start to draw?

I started drawing and doodling daily at the age of 10 or 11. However, I do have a specific memory from grade one. I remember I was very frustrated while doing a test because I didn’t know many of the answers. On the last page, I was asked to draw something and I really surprised myself that I could draw on demand. That was the only part of the test that lifted my spirits. (more…)