Thank you so much to KQED Arts Sarah Hotchkiss for this profile of my work in “Against the Ropes”. The show is up through Sept 28 and I’ll be talking about the work with Kate Patterson on Saturday, Sept 21 at 3pm. Hope to see you there!


"Against the Ropes" at Marrow Gallery opens Aug 30

So excited to share this work!


From the press release:

Against the Ropes: Artist Kelly Inouye Explores Women’s Rage and Wrestling

Marrow Gallery / August 30 - September 28, 2019

Opening Reception: Saturday, Sept 7, 5-8pm

SAN FRANCISCO, CA—In vibrant large-scale watercolors of women wrestlers, San Francisco-based painter Kelly Inouye explores female rage through the lens of the televised, professional leagues of WWE, Lucha Libre, and GLOW. “Against the Ropes” features figurative works painted with allegorical reference to feminist texts that emphasize empowerment and intersectionality.

Responding to daily news of harassment, abuse, inequality and threats to the civil rights of women coupled with the wellness industry’s constant calls for increased self-care and self-help, Inouye mines an unusual source in pop culture to challenge the age old notion that anger and rage are off limits for women. She notes, “There’s a lot of brilliant feminist writing on the topic of women’s anger, its suppression, and ultimately its power to catalyze change. This work is meant to acknowledge the anger women have every right to feel but we’ve been conditioned to hide, internalize, or resist.”

In women’s wrestling, skilled female athletes dressed in costume as extreme personas stage choreographed physical battles, portraying stereotypes while undermining notions of how “good girls” are supposed to behave. These characters are pushing, shoving, choking and slamming against portrayals of the female body as docile, still, passive and available within mainstream culture, art history, and social media.

“Against the Ropes” will be on view from August 30th - September 28th, 2019 with an opening reception on Saturday, Sept 7th from 5-8pm. Gallery hours are Weds - Fri 11am to 3pm and Saturdays 11am - 5pm. Additional public programs will be announced.


Kelly Falzone Inouye has been using watercolor to explore pop-culture for over 15 years. Her work has been featured in solo exhibitions in the Bay Area at Interface Gallery in Oakland and StateSpace in San Francisco and in group exhibitions nationwide. She’s been awarded public art projects by the San Francisco Arts Commission and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and her work has been featured in publications including The San Francisco Chronicle, New American Paintings, and Watercolor Magazine. She is also the founder and director of Irving Street Projects, an influential studio residency and exhibition program in the Outer Sunset district of San Francisco. Kelly is a graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute (MFA 2008) and the University of California at San Diego in La Jolla (BA 1998).

Marrow Gallery is a contemporary art space that shows local, national and international artists. Located at 548 Irving Street at 7th Avenue in San Francisco’s Inner Sunset neighborhood, the exhibition program present artists whose works offer commentary on contemporary culture and reference art movements of the past.

“Against the Ropes” is supported by funding from the San Francisco Arts Commission’s Individual Artist Commission program.


"Steady Hands" @ Marrow Gallery

This is the last week/end to see the group show “Steady Hands” at Marrow Gallery! My newest paintings are about extreme personas and alter-egos and they're portraits of characters from the original G.L.O.W. (Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling) television show from the 1980s- a show I watched occasionally on Saturday mornings as a kid, and recently re-watched after viewing the new Netflix drama about its creation.

Thrilled to show this work alongside work by Linda Belden, Kimia Ferdowski Kline, and Lindsay Stripling.

'Making Ways' podcast

Thank you to Rob Goodman of Making Ways podcast for giving me the chance to reflect on so many years of work! I think young artists tend to underestimate the amount of resistance they'll face establishing a career. It's shocking when you are starting out and realize the things you want to do are so much harder than you thought. I hope this helps!

Also- there are so many great episodes in the series all about unexpected paths to creative careers. Check them out!

Object Action: The 'F' Word in a Post-Truth Era

I'm excited to be a small part of this exhibition supporting so many important causes and featuring so many artists I admire. See below for details. "Object Action: The "F" Word in a Post-Truth Era" opens Sat Jan 6 5-8pm and runs through Feb 16.

Among work by an incredible group of women artists, a selection of my Sitcom Series prints will be available in the pop-up shop with proceeds benefiting Irving Street Projects and North Bay Fire Relief.


Object Action: The “F” Word in a Post-Truth Era marks the inauguration of Collect For Change™—an initiative which collaborates with artists across disciplines, offering artwork with a portion of sales benefiting a charity personally selected by each artist. As a feminist response to the one-year anniversary of the current administration, the group exhibition highlights “objects” and works by female artists “objecting” to a dominant paradigm through innovative media in the feminist realm. Featured artists Ana Teresa Fernández, Chitra Ganesh, Michelle Hartney, Angela Hennessy, Nadja Verena Marcin, Sanaz Mazinani, and Michele Pred will donate a portion of all artwork sales to Art & Abolition, The Center For Popular Democracy’s Puerto Rico Rebuilding Fund, Girls Garage, Girls Inc., NARAL Pro-Choice California, Planned Parenthood, and 350.org

Curated by Amy Kisch, Founder + CEO of AKArt and Collect For Change; Danielle Smith and Kimberly Verde, Founders of state and Principals of FRAMEWORK; and Heather Zises, Founder of (READ)art and Author of 50 Contemporary Women Artists (forthcoming in 2018), the show is accompanied by a Community Action Station highlighting benefitting organizations and others doing work on the feminist front, a Pop-Up Shop, and public programming—including a march on Sunday, January 21 at 12pm, from state to Pacific Felt Factory, where a satellite exhibition exploring feminist perspectives will be held. The accompanying Pop-Up Shop of zines, editions, gear, and publications, includes Sadie Barnette, Deborah Castillo, Serena Cole, Kelly Inouye, Katrina Majkut, Piyali Banerjie’s The Sacred Labyrinth, a curatorial selection by Aimee Rubensteen [of Rojas + Rubensteen Projects] of works by Phoebe Rose Gittelson, Meirav Ong, and Monica Uszerowicz, Diana Kane's Feminist Gold clothing line, The Nouveau Classical Project’s #fffp tees, Allie Pohl's Ideal Woman jewelry, and publications from Torz Dallison + Aliza Edelman, Vanessa Grigoriadis, Beth Pickens, Fjords, and BITCH Magazine, among others.

Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using hashtags #ForChange #ForFeminism

1295 Alabama Street
San Francisco, CA  94110

Saturday, January 6 – Friday, February 16
Tuesday - Saturday, 12-5pm or by appointment via info [at] statespacesf.com

Saturday, January 6, 5-8pm: Opening Reception

Saturday + Sunday, January 13 + 14, 11am-4pm: MOMosa Champagne Cocktail ‘Shred-In’ with Michelle Hartney’s The Weight of Words During UNTITLED Art Fair Weekend

Sunday, January 21, 12-4pm: Collect For Change™ Inauguration March On the Mission [M.O.M.] from state to Pacific Felt Factory's Satellite Exhibition, with Performances + Live Music

Thursday, February 8, 6-8pm: Closing Reception + Panel Discussion on the Role of the Arts in Activism and its History in San Francisco

state: info [at] statespacesf.com
Collect For Change™: info [at] CollectForChange.org

"Fantasy Island" at state opens April 8 6-8pm

My solo show Fantasy Island opens Sat, April 8 6-8pm at state in San Francisco's Mission district. Gallery hours are Weds-Sat 12-5pm through May 20. The show explores the popular 1970s-80s television series as pop-culture parable to examine our own times- specifically the ways fantasy and nostalgia dominate our political lives and contrived stories influence our perceptions of reality.

Read the catalog essay "Fantasy Islands and Bubble Trouble" by Kate Haug here.

"Palette" at Ampersand Intl Arts

Lisa Solomon, Theadora Mauro and myself co-curated this group show that asked artists to contribute whatever it is that inspires their work and helps them tap their creative well, rather than show finished artwork. The resulting exhibition features an eclectic mix of found objects, research materials, actual palettes, studio accidents, works-in-progress, studies, music, collections, sketchbooks, and ephemera illustrating the unpredictable nature of inspiration and the value of creative thinking.

The show opens Thursday, Sept 15th 6-9pm and runs through Oct 14th.

ampersand international arts
1001 Tennessee Street, San Francisco

gallery hours: Thursdays and Fridays 12-5pm and by appointment.

Participating artists include Barry Beach, Connie Begg, Courtney Cerruti, Carissa Potter Carlson, Alicia Dornadic, Alicia Escott, Joseph Ferriso, Laura Boles Faw, Patrick Sean Gibson, Kate Haug, Christine Hostetler, Amanda Hughen, Heather Smith Jones, Mary Anne Kluth, Carey Lin, Carrie Lederer, Dori Latman, Kara Maria, Maysha Mohamedi, Kelly Ording, Brian Perrin, Maggie Preston, Mel Prest, Laurel Shear, Satsuki Shibuya, Sarah A. Smith, Jennifer Starkweather, Victoria Wagner.

Art on Market Street Poster Series

I'm thrilled to announce that the poster series I've been working on with the San Francisco Arts Commission is up at Muni Stops on Market Street between Embarcadero and Sixth!

These posters are part of the celebration of the centennial of San Francisco's City Hall and explore the building's role as a "character" in our collective memory.  Read more here

Drawn Together2015

I've donated a painting to support Children's Fairyland in Oakland, CA. Fairyland has been a favorite destination of ours for years. Order your tickets here!


On Friday, Sept 25, from 6-9 pm:

Drawn Together will feature dozens of Bay Area artists at Children’s Fairyland, Oakland’s own historic storybook theme park. All of the art produced will be for sale for one fixed, accessible price. Fairyland is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that promotes early literacy.
Proceeds from this event help keep Fairyland affordable for all and free for those most in need.

//// Participating artists include: Aaron Ableman, Alexis Amann, Brianna Aalborg-Volper, Niki Banffy-Nesbit, Nancy D. Brown, John Casey, Courtney Cerruti, Susan Chen, Melanie Ida Chopko, Michaela Coffield, Holly Coley, Randy Colosky, Hugh D’Andrade, Joanne Easton, Allah El Henson, Marshall Elliott, Dan Fontes, Veronica Graham, C.A. Greenlee, Nicole Hayden, Graham Holoch, Kristi Holohan, Kelly Inouye, Audry Jones, Mary Anne Kluth, Jon Lady, Marcos LaFarga, Noah Lang, Afton Love, Paul Madonna, Elise Mahan, Vanessa Marsh, Christine Monohan, Kelley O'Leary, Jessamyn Pattison, Jerry Pierson, Emily Rasmussen, Grace Rosario Perkins, Kate Rhoades, Kimberly Rowe, Allegra Rush, Reece Santos, James Servais, Maureen Shields, Alex Sodari, Ilona Sturm, Clare Szydlowski, Emily Tareila, Shannon Taylor, Tallulah Terryll, Michelle Theberge, Sarah Thibault, Karen Thomas, Bryan Von Reuter, and Annie Wong

New American Paintings

Work from my Sitcom Series was recently included in the latest Pacific Coast edition of New American Paintings. In her introductory essay, juror Apsara DiQuinzio of the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, wrote about the current resurgence of painting and the plurality of styles represented today, likening strategies of artistic production to a game of chess. I was pretty thrilled to see that she mentioned my work specifically as an extension of genre painting (painting scenes of everyday life),

"Inouye, in particular, engages a pop vernacular portraying characters from the eponymous TV shows The Golden Girls, CHiPs, and The Dukes of Hazzard, rendering them in thin washes of watercolor, isolated from their televisual settings, and floating in a white, indeterminate ground that dislocates them in time and space."

Thank you!!