Biography of Ellsworth Kelly
Ellsworth Kelly (born 1923 in Newburgh, USA) is a painter, sculptor, and printmaker who redefined abstraction in art and holds for one of the greatest American artist of his generation. The 'master of monochrome colors' can be loosely classified as a color field, hard edge or Minimalist painter, although he was never a strict follower of any movement. Kelly's visual vocabulary is inspired by the world around him: colors and basic shapes found in architecture, plants, shadows. He is interested in the space between objects and places, his work and his viewers. Therefore, he rightly claims that "In my work I don’t want you to look at the surface, I want you to look at the form, the relationships." Ellsworth Kelly has been a strong influence in the post-war art world and was one of the first to consider creating irregular shapes on canvas. The simplicity of his motives fluctuates between meditative, decorative, and industrial.
As a result of his Paris stay he became involved with the Surrealists and while traveling in Europe he visited the studios of Brancusi, Picabia, and Giacometti; that brought him further in developing his own aesthetics.
Kelly produced a number of color lithographs, including Red Curve (2013, edition of 50), Color over Black (2012, edition of 35), Color Squares (2012, edition of 45) or Black Curves (2011, edition of 100 + 20 A.P.).
Ellsworth Kelly's art had been the subject of major exhibitions at the MoMA, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Guggenheim Museum. Moreover, his work can be found in various collections, such as the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid, as well as the Tate Modern in London. Kelly lived and worked in Spencertown, New York, where he died in 2015.