About Kelly

Kelly Telfer was born in San Jose, California in 1955. Telfer initially pursued a successful career as founder and owner of a large T-shirt screen-printing business, which helped fueled his budding art career. Specializing in motorsports, Telfer created apparel for top racers; including Andretti, Petty, Earnhardt, Senna, Mansell and the Daytona 500, Laguna Seca Raceway, Long Beach Grand Prix, Indy 500 and Monaco F1.

Born with his foot on the gas, Kelly Telfer rebelled against status quo early and has been racing ever since. His early artwork, representational portraits of the people and cars in the fast-paced motorsports industry, has been collected by famous race drivers and sponsors, and featured in national art shows. His paintings have been featured at Canepa Motorsports Museum (Scotts Valley, CA) for the last 8 years.

His recent work has sped past portraiture into big, bold, acrylic on canvas, bursting with energy and vivid color. Full of restless energy, Telfer often puts down his brush to create rustic furniture or grind on his ratrod or remodel homes. “Life is a blank canvas”, Telfer says.

Link to Artist Statement