Kristofer M. Neely


Current Projects________________________



Original Acrylic Paintings on Wood


Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or
weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who
sleep. Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless
the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the
joyous; and all for your love's sake.

  from The Book of Common Prayer


Artist's Note:

In 2005, I began painting angels on strips of wood that were left over from a classroom project. I gave these angels to friends and family when they were going through a time of grief or trouble. These Guardians were intended to be a simple reminder of hope in the dark corners of a home where we feel the most afraid and alone.

My family encouraged me to paint smaller versions of these angels that could be given as affordable gifts. My mother says, "Everyone has at least one dark corner in their life."

In this light, painting them is a manual act of contemplative prayer for me. Each one is different and my prayer is that it will provide a sense of hope to the home where it is shared.

Some friends have asked me to paint an angel with a specific friend in mind. I welcome these commissions.

More important than the image of the angel is the knowledge that the recipient has a friend who cares and understands the difficulty they face.

                                      Kris Neely


Guardians are now available at:

 Lulu's Downtown, Spartanburg

 Ford's Drugs and Medical, Spartanburg


About the Artist:

Kristofer M. Neely is the Director of the Success Initiative at Wofford College. Neely holds the B.A. degree from Wofford, (2002). During his time at Wofford, he was selected as the 16th International Presidential Scholar. Neely studied relationships between water and spiritual practice during his global journey.

A creative writer and a visual artist, in 2005 Neely served as writer-in-residence and editor for Hidden Voices, a book project sponsored by The Hub City Writers Project, the Spartanburg Arts Partnership, and Piedmont Care, Inc.

His oversize photographs of a Spartanburg water tower are on permanent display at the Spartanburg County Administration Building. He is currently a student in the MFA in Interdisciplinary Art program at Goddard College.

In his studio, Neely experiments with new media and found objects to create two-dimensional and three-dimensional art. In his body of work, distorted renderings of human forms are often presented. He brings an attentive eye to the human condition in both his painting and photography. These works often reflect his background in the study of religion. He considers his time in the studio to be a manual manifestation of contemplative prayer.



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