Kyle Selley is formally trained in both ceramics and sculpture but his current approach to making artwork is through the use of fireworks. Following this avenue of generating visual art with fireworks, he has found multiple methods and offers the viewer a variety of unique results. Kyle graduated from Johnson County Community College with a Liberal Arts degree. He studied ceramics at the University of Tasmania in Australia and graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Kyle’s work has been published several times and exhibited nationally. He has completed the Mid-America Arts Alliance program; Artist INC. He has sold artwork at juried silent auctions at the Kansas City Art Institute and the Cascade AIDS Project. Kyle teaches art at Young Rembrandt’s Academy. He is currently sponsored by Dominator fireworks. This company provides all the fireworks used to create his artwork. Dominator also provides him the opportunity to sell/promote his artwork at national fireworks conventions. If you are interested in his work or have any questions, feel free to contact Kyle at the bottom of this page.
I am interested in the ubiquitous spiritual aspects that exist in human culture through-out history and pondering ways in which my artwork can appeal to this inherent spiritual nature that we all, seemingly, desire in some way.
Fireworks are a tradition in my family. As a child, I witnessed the unique marks that they created after being ignited on my uncle’s driveway. This memory inspired me to use fireworks as an artistic medium. As I began to experiment with fireworks, I discovered a fellow firework artist named Cai Guo-Qiang. His early gunpowder drawings inspired me to make large pyrotechnic drawings of my own. My Firework Residue Paintings are meant to immerse and mesmerize. They require confidence in intuition and this helps to provide me with a sense of focus and serenity. I hope to provide the viewer with a similar sense of the sublime to which I experience while creating the work.