Ellsworth Kelly


Ellsworth Kelly (born 1923) is an American artist who was born in New York City. Kelly’s recognizable style contributed to several important movements: Minimalism, Hard-Egde, and Color Field. While many of Kelly’s contemporaries were focusing on Abstract Expressionism, Kelly rejected this style and formed his own aesthetic with a clean-lined, minimalistic, and color-centric look. Kelly passed away in 2015, after a successful career in which his work was exhibited at prominent institutions throughout the world.



Ellsworth Kelly was born in New York City in 1923. From a young age, Kelly enjoyed creating artwork and drawing. As a young man in 1941, Kelly studied at the Pratt Institute in New York. 

During World War II, Kelly served as a camouflage artist, which later led him to study at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Later, he continued studies at the École National Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris.

Kelly developed a distinctive style while living in Europe. He returned to the United States, and by the 1950s was receiving acclaim for his paintings and sculptures. In 1970, the artist relocated to upstate New York. There he began to sculpt in large-scale.  

Kelly passed away at age 92. He is remembered as a prominent member of contemporary art history.