Ellsworth Kelly is an American sculptor, painter and graphic artist associated with hard-edge painting. Kelly was first trained in art while serving in the US Army during World War II. He served in a unit in which many artists developed camouflage and other visual effects to deceive the enemy.
After the war Kelly began to study art at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and later at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris.
Kelly's early works were inspired by Jean Arp, Joan Miró and Henri Matisse. His later works often consist of joined canvases and canvases of various shapes with bold solid surfaces and bright colors. Kelly’s first exhibition was at the Galerie Arnaud in Paris in 1951 and he was later included in the Museum of Modern Art exhibition “Sixteen Americans” in 1959.
His work is represented at the Matthew Marks Gallery in New York and Los Angeles.
Color is a force of nature, that part of a painting that chafes at being tethered to flat canvas, the visual gears that appear to make three-dimensional objects move. Color lures us in, demands our attention, and routinely rewards us for our trouble, brightening and enlivening not just our rooms but our lives.