Kelly Kautman Dyer, Flint, Michigan Member Since July 2007 Artist Statement Kelly Lee Kautman-Dyer, born August 22, 1959, in Flint, Michigan, was the middle child of a large family born to her Hungarian mother, Irene M. (Peto) Kautman, and her Bohemian father, William E. Kautman Sr. Her artistic career began when she was able to hold in her tiny hands, whatever artistic implement she could find. This love and passion for art became her life from that moment on. Her natural ability to put on paper what she sees, is what propelled Dyer to teach her self.
Her grandfather, Edward H. Kautman, was an avid photographer and landscape artist. Her grandfather's brother, James Kautman, sculpted large detailed marble statues for various Catholic churches in Prairie De Chien, Wisconsin, as well as murals and paintings. Sadly, neither of those men ever became noted for their works. Her love for art and her passion to bring notability to her artistic family is the unwavering drive behind every work Dyer creates.
Self taught, Dyer dabbled in many different art genres, but her love of the human form is what she prefers to focus on. She sculpts and paints the visions she creates in her mind. The mediums that Dyer prefers most are clay, acrylics and watercolors. Her art is considered Naive and Outsider art. Within those disciplines, Dyer creates abstracts, pop art, and expressionistic works.
Dyer still resides in her native hometown of Flint, Michigan. Her depictions of the human form have won her several awards and notable recognition from the University of Michigan, Flint.
Special Awards and Exhibitions: First place award in 5th grade from the National Library Foundation for a drawing of Helen Keller; First place award for various sketches at the University of Michigan Gallery; First place award for portraits at the University of Michigan Gallery.