Ken Kelly (artist)

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Ken W. Kelly (born May 19, 1946, New London, Connecticut, United States)[1] is an American fantasy artist.[2] Over his 50-year career, he has focused in particular on paintings in the sword and sorcery and heroic fantasy subgenres.

Kelly is the nephew of Frank Frazetta's wife Eleanor “Ellie” Frazetta (1935-2009), whose maiden name was Kelly.[3] Early in his career he was able to study the paintings of Frank Frazetta in the latter's studio.[1] In the early 1970s he did a couple of cover paintings for Castle of Frankenstein magazine.[4] Throughout the 1970s he was one of the foremost cover artists on Warren Publishing's Creepy and Eerie magazines.

He has depicted Conan the Barbarian,[5] Tarzan and the rock groups KISS,[6] Manowar,[7] Sleepy Hollow, Rainbow and Ace Frehley.

His work often portrays exotic, enchanted locales and primal battlefields. He recently developed the artwork for Coheed and Cambria's album, Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Volume Two: No World for Tomorrow, and a painting of his was used as the cover art for Alabama Thunderpussy's 2007 release, Open Fire. In 2012, one of Kelly's paintings was used for the cover of Electric Magma's 12" vinyl release Canadian Samurai II.

Kelly has been a guest at the Kiss by Monster Mini Golf course in Las Vegas, Nevada, doing autograph signings of prints for the classic Kiss albums he has drawn cover artwork for.

Notable album artwork[edit]



  1. ^ a b "Ken Kelly's Biography at his webpage". Retrieved 29 December 2018.
  2. ^ Carol Jeffares Hedman (1995-10-04). "Zephyrhills". The Tampa Tribune. p. 2.
  3. ^ "Interview: Illustrator Nick Rose". 16 November 2016. Retrieved 29 December 2018.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2013-05-10.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ Szadkowski, Joseph (2005-08-06). "Stories take on new shape in sculpted action figures". The Washington Times. p. C09.
  6. ^ Voger, Mark (2006-10-22). "Criss eager to meet television idol Zacherley". Asbury Park Press. p. 6E.
  7. ^ "Manowar truck to make its debut in Austria this weekend". Austria Today. 2006-09-08.