Lee Kelly

(American, born 1932)

Lee Kelly is a Oregon-based artist, known nationally for his monumental public sculptures.

Kelly was born in Idaho, the grandson of a ranching family. After studying architecture, he graduated from the Museum Art School at the Portland Art Museum (now known as the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon) in 1959. In 1985, he received a grant from the Oregon Arts Commission to study the traditional bronze casting methods of the Newari people in Nepal. He received an Oregon Governor's Arts Award in 1987, and he was the subject of a major career retrospective at the Portland Art Museum in 2010.