Hailing from Henderson, NC, Kelvin started painting at an early age. After over 20 years of service with the federal government, he resigned to pursue a full-time career as a fine artist. He established FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT Fine Art in 1995 as a distributor of artwork and to do custom framing. With over 10 successful years, it has evolved into a publishing and advertising company exclusively for Kelvin's works.
Kelvin has received numerous accolades for his work: Artist of the Year 2006 and Favorite Emerging Artist Heritage Award 2000, Baltimore MD; the only two-time recipient of the Palette Award, Atlanta GA; Trustee's Museum Purchase Award, Halifax Art Festival, Daytona Beach FL; Award of Excellence, Orchard Lake Fine Art Show, Milford MI; Award of Excellence 2006 and Award of Merit 2005, Contemporary Art Center of Virginia; and feature articles, UPSCALE magazine and PAINT magazine. His release, Tonight's Last Dance, was featured in the literature for the US Postal Service's Priority Mail campaign. Kelvin is a member of the African American Visual Arts Association in Baltimore, serving as a mentor to youth. He is registered at the Library of Congress in Washington DC in the Who's Who Among National Artists. He was selected to create images for the National Aids Society, Virginia Department of Health; the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.; the Orchard Lake MI Fine Art Show 2005; the Baltimore Black Heritage Art Show 2006; and Cleveland Fine Art Expo 2007.
Among the collectors of Kelvin's work include Earl Graves, Black Enterprise magazine; former Congresswoman Eva Clayton; Ed Gordon, BET News; Pepa of Salt 'n Pepa; Stacey Davis, FannieMae; Rod Daniels, ABC News Anchor; Julian Peterson, Seattle Seahawks; former NBA basketball star, Terri Cummings; Tavis Smiley; fellow artists, John Holyfield, Gilbert Young and many others.
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