Kelcey Fisher, born in South Florida, grew up in a naval family. He found his home by the sea. Moving around regularly yet inspired by the calmness of the oceans that surrounded him, he created his signature “Controlled Chaos“ pattern work. Kelcey made a name for himself creating artwork inspired by his environment. Bright colors and iconic imagery paired with controlled chaos filled the walls of the communities in which he lived. Moving from the beach life of his childhood to the city, Kelcey found his artwork evolving, creating harmony between oceans and concrete. He feels that his artwork reflects the journey of his life, ever changing, growing and developing into something more beautiful over time.
What first inspired you to be creative? What inspires you to be creative today?
Art for me in the beginning was more of an escape than anything else. I was seen as an athlete and would be late to practice on a number of occasions because I was lost in a piece. My inspiration now is more directly related to the people and cultures that surround me. The most inspiring thing to me is when someone is moved by a piece I’ve created. There have been two instances where a client has been moved to tears. Those moments I found to be truly inspirational.
Why and how do you utilize the materials you incorporate into your artwork?
I like to work with a number of mediums. I incorporate paper, fabric, glass, acrylic, resin etc. into a lot of my new work. I feel it has more character and enjoy building up layers to make for a more complex piece. Almost tells more of a story. They also take much more time so I feel more connected to the piece itself.
What’s your “pre-creativity” ritual? What gets you in your creative groove?
There’s not really one thing that gets me in the creative mindset. I’m constantly in it and can’t really shut it off. Coffee however is a must and you can count on me throwing on music at the beginning of each paint day. I listen to it all. Send me recs.
What makes you feel connected to Surf City Still Works/HB/SoCal?
I grew up in a military family moving around 9 times before middle school where my Dad retired in So Cal. I really came into my own here and discovered my passion for art in the process. I have always been drawn to the ocean and everything that comes with it. My name Kelcey actually means dweller by the sea. I feel the So Cal energy and spirit speaks through my work.
What impact/impression do you hope your work makes on people/the world? What do you want people/society to “take away” from your art?
If I could pass along the ability to make my pattern to everyone that would be great. Want to share the Controlled Chaos with the world.