Yesterday, December 27, 2015, American painter, sculptor, and printmaker Ellsworth Kelly passed away at his home in Spencertown, New York. He was 92.
Generally associated with hard-edge painting, he is among the most important protagonists of Colour Field Painting. His paintings, in large format for the most part and consisting usually of several panels, are an impressive interplay of form, colour and space.
Kelly’s works are notable for their very lean imagery: The forms are geometric or organic, the contours are drawn sharply, the colours are intense.
We remember his work through two exhibitions: one hosted at Haus der kunst (Munich) in 2011, under the title Ellsworth Kelly:Black and White, devoted solely to his black and white works, put together for the first time in an exhibition, and another one hosted at LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum) named Ellsworth Kelly: Prints and Paintings, the first retrospective examination of Kelly’s exceedingly prolific print practice since 1988. Pictures that follow are from both exhibitions.