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We Say Farewell to a Friend: Nelson Kelly (1981 – 2010)

We at murmur DC not only have lost a valuable contributor, but have lost a friend and a true soul.  Nelson Kelly has passed away on the first day of what many of us hoped to be a glorious year.  What makes this most tragic is the wealth of talent and personality Nelson carried with him.  He was not only a brilliant mind, but a person warm at heart who was never afraid to give you an honest opinion.

There isn’t too many people like Nelson, who had an overwhelming enthusiasm for art.  In my opinion, an enthusiasm for art is an enthusiasm for life.  Not everyone would be able to agree that they understood him, but through his paintings the guy actually made a lot of sense.  It’s easy to write someone off as “crazy”, however through his art we see that we’re the fools.  He had a much more intricate view of life than we could ever imagine.

Within the gloom we feel when a friend leaves us for good, we see clear what a fortune we’ve had.

Nelson Kelly, we will miss you.  Farewell my friend..

Posted by admin   @   4 January 2010
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Jan 4, 2010
9:11 pm

WHAT?!? I actually get to meet him at ArtKlash. We hit it off nicely. We both there for the same reason, MurmurDC. So obviously it wasn’t about money. It was the love for art. What I remember about him WAS his enthusiasm. Rest In Peace my fellow artist.

Author Jan 4, 2010
10:01 pm
#2 admin :

It certainly is a sad day.

Jan 4, 2010
10:54 pm
#3 :

This is where I hoped that this was a joke, a cruel joke and this was some type of art series where something he was doing was going to blow us all away.. until i found out that this wasn’t a joke, and it blew us all away..

I met Nelson about a year and a half ago.. doing a live painting for X.. the dude was awesome in every way.. even before I met him, we went back and fourth via email, and it was graffiti that made a bond between us. The last time I saw him was.. ironically at the last X event at the Fridge in August.. we talked about how that night was probably the most inspiring night for the artists in us that it made us want to step up our game.. we even did a few tags that night, because we were feeling that this was the time. We were planning to do a group show together, but due to schedules and just the every day drumbeat of life.. it never came to be. i always said to myself “call him, it’s been a while”, but when life gets in the way.. all the things you want to say and do tend to go by the waste side, and it’s the very things that you wish you could say and do with these people just tend to slip by, and time slips, and just like that.. it’s gone.

I want to thank you Nelson for getting to know you, and having the artistic talent that you shared with everyone, especially me. I know you are at peace, and i will look to the sky for the latest art piece.

You will FOREVER inspire. Trust.

Author Jan 4, 2010
11:43 pm
#4 admin :

What’s funny is I never had the opportunity to meet him in person, yet I feel we were on the same wavelength. He was the first person to show any interest in what I was trying to with this site. Throughout the first few months, we shared ideas and he gave me a lot of encouragement.

One night, I received a phone call from a number I didn’t recognize. I usually don’t pick up when it’s an unknown number, but I did this time. It was Nelson. He called me to tell me he felt we were creating something good and that he was excited to be a part of it. He was one of the few people I was able to share meaningful discussions on art with.

Although his contributions became sparse, probably due to other things going on in his life, we had serious plans in the making. The guy will be missed.

Jan 5, 2010
12:18 am
#5 Amna Shah :

RIP Nelson. You will be missed.

Jan 11, 2010
3:07 pm
#6 Erin :

I met him at ArtKlash, I remember his huge grin as he showed me the camera in his hand and said he’d just picked it up and was excited to see what happened… then he was off into the crowd, snapping away.
It was a brief meeting, but he definitely made an impression on me. I was looking forward to working with him more….

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