Activating Surfaces

As a young man, Ellsworth Kelly was a bird watcher and then a camouflage artist with the US Army.

Looking and hiding.

In this work Kelly uses chance to create a collage. A new way to compose a picture.

| Ellsworth Kelly, Spectrum Colors Arranged by Chance II, 1951 |

Not dissimilar to the choppy marks of Cézanne, representing a new way of seeing.

The brush strokes are layered, jumbled and chaotic. And then composed.

| Paul Cézanne, The Point de Maincy, c1879 |

Ellsworth Kelly said, “I see fragments, I take things seen in perspective and bring them back to a plane… which is what painting has alway been about.”

Julia Ritson

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