Ellsworth Kelly Explains Abstraction

Ellsworth Kelly was an American painter, sculptor, and printmaker associated with hard-edge painting, Color Field painting and minimalism. His works demonstrate unassuming techniques emphasizing line, color and form, similar to the work of John McLaughlin and Kenneth Noland. Kelly often employed bright colors. 

Born: May 31, 1923, Newburgh, NY

Died: December 27, 2015, Spencertown, NY

On view: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Periods: Hard-edge painting, Washington Color School.

Spouse: Jack Shear (m. 1984–2015)Education: Pratt Institute, School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University, Skowhegan School Of Painting & Sculpture

Influenced by: Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Paul Cézanne, Hans Arp