Kelly Gale Amen is the fearless leader, driving force, life essence, and inimitable mover and shaker behind KGA Design.
“A good design plan leaves room for the constant joy of experimentation.
I can walk into a house and tell whether the people are really using the house and enjoying each room. I know if a house has personality—I can tell if it is loved—if its owners are working it and getting full enjoyment from the space in each room.”
Meshing classical style and functionality with contemporary inflection, Kelly’s visionary work runs the gamut from joyful amusement to solace and serenity—in every medium.
As a dedicated designer and artist, I have found a wellspring of inspiration in my experiences and interactions over the years.I began as a visionary. Using my color and compositional skills to accommodate and infiltrate clients’ spaces, I have drawn art from the routines of Interior Design.
I began creating Art Furniture in the 1990’s to give voice to my personal vision. At the time artists were fomenting a movement to include functional art in the arena of fine art. Architects and designers were creating functional work to augment their portfolios and allow their work to be legitimized within that realm.
My approach concerns the meshing of a classical style and functionality with a contemporary inflection. All my metal work is produced under my close supervision at a foundry in Alabama. It is created and manipulated to fulfill my vision as an artist.
Weatherford, Oklahoma native Kelly Gale Amen was born in 1949. He has lived and worked in Houston, Texas since 1972.
Founding Member of NSID, ASID, and ASOFA
Kelly started KGA Design in 1974, and has been an influential participant in the Houston arts & design community ever since. His work has been featured in all available media, from a feature on HGTV’s Extreme Homes, to frequent spotlights on his design projects in local and national print media, to publication in books and magazines.
In the 1990’s Kelly began creating his own Art Furniture to give voice to his personal vision. At the time artists were fomenting a movement to include functional art within the arena of fine art. Architects and Designers were creating functional work to augment their portfolios and allow their artistic work to be legitimized within that realm. He is also a founding member of the American Society of Furniture Artists.
His KGA Triple Benches are on display as a permanent installation in Houston’s Shady Groves Victims Memorial at Tinsley Park. Kelly is proud to have had one of his Memorial Benches installed in Houston’s Bob Lanier Public Works Building. He has his Art Furniture in the Houston Museum of Natural Science, the Thomas P. Stafford Air and Space Center in Weatherford, Oklahoma, the National Route 66 Museum in Elk City, Oklahoma, and many other locations.
Kelly has thrown his support behind many charitable ventures throughout his career, adding his special slant on how to engage and reward those involved in fund raising as well as those receiving the benefit of those funds. Some of those organizations are: The Texas Children’s Cancer Center, Aids Foundation Houston, and most recently, the Zina Garrison Foundation.
Starting in 2007, Kelly branched out with the signed & numbered edition collections, partnering with Susan G. Koman for the Cure, The Stafford Air & Space Museum, and the Gay & Lesbian Elder Housing organizations.
With his activities ranging through tireless support of the arts to active participation as a creator of Art Furniture and sculpture, Kelly enjoys an international reputation for cutting edge concept and design.