Kelly Grace: Date Nights

Kelly Grace gets it absolutely right with Date Nights, her mixed media snapshots of the intimate moments leading up to going out. The poignant, realistic mini-portraits are among work that includes a series on faces and pinups, as well as still life paintings. (See end of the post for a description of the process she uses)


Her Date Nights on 4 x 6″ panels were popular at this year’s Toronto Artist Project. (See this Toronto Life post – Photo Credit: Kevin Naulls)

Her mixed media works combine drawing, painting and a printmaking process called pigment transfer, or gel transfer. She transfers her own pencil rendering for each piece, which acts as a collage template for an edition of 10.

Each piece goes through several layers of hand-applied process, including painting.

Kelly Grace grew up in York Region, north of Toronto where, at age 14, she started her training as a visual artist. She is a graduate of Sheridan College.  Kelly Grace’s website, here.

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  1. Am a collage/mixed media artist from Asheville, N.C., . Loved your transfer drawings and finishing; such a fresh theme and beautiful execution. Going to Toronto at the end of the month; any galleries you could recommend? Will be going to the MCMichael Gallery near Kleinburg to see the Group of Seven, and also to Huntsville to see the outdoor murals.


    • Yes, Kelly Grace is an amazing artist, including – as you say – her execution. As for your trip, McMichael is definitely worth a stop, as is the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto if you have time ( You might also want to check Slate Art Guide ( for what catches your eye. There’s so much going on, it would be hard to pick without knowing exactly what you’re looking for. Have fun.


      • Thanks so much! The Slate Art Guide is a good idea. Been to Vancouver & Montreal, but not to Toronto yet. Will be downtown at the Marriot Residence Inn for a couple of days before heading north to Sand Lake and a cottage. Love Canada and getting to know Canadian artists. Marianne


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