Special to the Daily World
The Chelko Foundation, founded by acclaimed Atlanta artist, Paul Chelko and led by Executive Director Randi Layne, has announced that for the first time this creative legacy will be available as fine art prints on the new website launched this month. The site, www.PaulChelko.com, presents the artist’s work in seven categories: Abstracts, Women, Americana, Hearts, Faces, Graffiti and Line Drawings.
Paul Chelko, who died in 2007 from Non-Hotchkins Lymphoma, left his namesake foundation a body of work consisting of over 500 individual pieces of art from his collection. His sought after work hangs in the collections of Oprah Winfrey, Frank Sinatra, Vincent Price, Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson, Senator Max Cleland and Coretta Scott King, among others.
These exclusive fine art prints are newly available for purchase and range in size from 11″ X 14″ to 48″ X 60″ with prices varying from $150 to $2,500 per piece. In addition, the Chelko Foundation has selected original works of art, which are available for purchase. Select pieces are also being offered for prints that may be used in commercial projects such as hotels and furnished residential buildings. As a non-profit organization this allows designers to enjoy a percentage of the purchase as a tax deduction.
A respected talent, Chelko was a vital presence in the Atlanta art scene for more than 40 years. His abstract painting, ultra realism, portraiture, performance art, music, poetry and film are world-renowned. He has shown in both The High Museum of Art and the Smithsonian Institute. Chelko taught at Emory University, The Quinlan Art Center, Massey Junior College and was a member of the White House Art in the Embassies Program. Chelko also served as the official artist for The Annual National Charity Awards Banquet in Washington, D.C.
According to Randi Layne, “Our goal is that at least 70% of all the funds raised through art sales are used to support the goals of the foundation whose primary objective is to erase gender bias and empower women through art, education and partnership by awarding scholarships in the arts and presenting special humanitarian grants. This is a wonderful complement to our annual fundraising event ‘Bodies as a Work of Art.’ “