Specializing in Custom Pet Portraits. After graduating from Herron School of Art with a B.F.A. degree, and over twenty years as a graphic designer and illustrator, James Kelly wanted to create a business of his own utilizing his artistic talent. Mad Lab Studio was established in 2002 when he transformed an old chemical laboratory in downtown Indianapolis into an art studio. His Madison Avenue laboratory soon became known as "Mad Lab Studio." In 2005, he moved his studio over his garage behind his home.
James has been producing lively and colorful paintings of birds and pet portraits. His interest in portraiture has been a life-long passion. "Even though I’m painting in a realistic manner, my paintings are based on abstractions in reality. Reality has many moods, twists and turns, created by man and nature. I strive to reflect this energy in my paintings, dealing with light and color that create form." James works on individual commissions from clients and participates in various art shows and gallery exhibitions throughout Indiana. He finds that Indianapolis is growing as a supportive, progressive arts-oriented city.