Kelman Art & Design Studio

I’ve done many jobs, all related to using my hands, my eyes, intellect and imagination. I snapped pictures with my Kodak box camera, called in the cows before dawn, cleaned cars, sorted and welded automobile parts, designed cutting tools, treated children with smallpox in Nigeria, entire families in Zimbabwe, (photographing everything around), researched damage of DNA by viruses and by anticancer platinum drugs, guided my Ph.D. students and trained medical students, served for decades as radiation oncologist, (making 3D sculptures of energy deposition in the body to induce cancers to be vanquished from within). Then in 2000 returned full time to sculpture and Photography, taking time to pick up leaves, old rusty metal run over by cars and constantly imagining new shapes that recapitulate everything I have ever touched.

In all I have done, it’s the celebration of nature, and humanity that engages me the most. In the last 10 years I have transitioned to photographs that evoke more than the subjects photographed. I intend my art to uplift, inspire and confront social values. My sculpture exploits discoveries from my photography. My intent is form which is impressive and hopefully inspirational for others.


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Contact Information

Asher Kelman
(310) 717-6550

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Artist Work

"Puff of Wind" Sculpture City of Long Beach CA (2021)
A young couple at the Statue of Liberty is invited to our shores. My magical boat transports them to Long Beach, where "The American Dream" meets the Pacific Ocean. Such gaff-rigged sailboats, allow them to take risks and follow their dreams. One rope drops the sail till the storm passes.

Link to "Puff of Wind" Sculpture City of Long Beach CA

"The Conversation II" (2022)
In this work, sensuously curved stainless steel tubes form both a man and a woman. The former has a flamboyant mane of hair made of a spiral of blue glass. He talks about all he can offer and she listens and wonders about trust and character.

Homage to Kubrick's 2001 Obelisk (2001)
This table boasts an unpolished steel monolithic form with a 3/4" heat annealed glass sheet appearing to float on top. There's a rectangular cut out in the glass which allows it to be supported by a hidden 2" ridge. I was built in 2001 in homage Stanley Kubrick.

"The Sweatshop" (2015)
Reminiscent of "The Last Supper", women labor in a New York Sweatshop of Mid 20th Century The supervisor allied herself to management, the girl in center believes she can control the boss, but doesn't look behind her at the lost souls. The woman on the front right appears twice, conflicted!