Famous Artist #3

Ellsworth Kelley

(Local to Columbia County NY)

Born 1923 and Died 2015

He was a painter, sculptor and printmaker. His style of work was minimalist mostly using solid bright colors and simple forms.

His parents were not so supportive of his art work, while his art teachers told him to keep pushing more with the arts. He went to the same School Franz Kline did. Kelley had to leave to go to the army in 43.

During his time in the army, he helped with designing camo with other artists and designers. Such as ski troops and The Ghost Army.

With his GI Bill he went to the SMFA in Boston. During his time there he had a show as well as taught classes.

He is considered an important innovator and contributor of the American art movement.

Around 49 is where he made his first abstract pantings. His first solo show was at a gallery in Paris.

During the 70’s and 80’s is when he moved to this area and connected with his partner Jack Shear who is a photographer and who runs the Ellsworth Kelly Foundation.

The Foundation gives to local art programs, artist and the preservation of the area as well as many other things.