Jean-Paul Kelly makes videos and exhibitions that pose questions about the limits of representation by examining complex associations between found photographs, videos, sounds, and online media streams. Solo exhibitions include: Delfina Foundation (London), Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus), and Scrap Metal Gallery (Toronto). Kelly’s work has been included in groups exhibitions at Musée d’art contemporain des Laurentides (Saint-Jérôme), CGP London: Dilston Grove, Oakville Galleries, Mercer Union (Toronto), and The Power Plant (Toronto). Screenings include: Canada House (London), Courtisane Festival (Ghent), Vdrome, DIM Cinema (Vancouver), Film Society of Lincoln Center (New York), TIFF Cinematheque (Toronto), International Film Festival Rotterdam, New York Film Festival, and Toronto International Film Festival. He was a resident at the International Studio & Curatorial Program (New York, 2015-16) and Delfina Foundation (2015) and a featured artist at the 2013 Robert Flaherty Film Seminar. Kelly received the 2015 Images Festival Award and the 2014 Kazuko Trust Award from the Kazuko Trust and the Film Society of Lincoln Center.
A graduate of the Master of Visual Studies program at the University of Toronto (2005, Studio Art), he has taught Studio and lecture-based courses in the Visual Studies program as well as at the School of Image Arts, Ryerson University and OCAD University. From 2009 to 2012, Kelly was Artistic Director of Trinity Square Video (Toronto) where he curated exhibitions including Abbas Akhavan, Jennifer Chan, Harry Dodge, Alison Kobayashi, Alex Morrison, Lisa Oppenheim, Andrew James Paterson, Paulette Phillips, Steve Reinke, James Richards, and Ming Wong.