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Frank Stella Biography

The American painter and printmaker, Frank Stella is most sighted for his work as a major contributor to the Minimalist movement. However, he too experimented in geometric abstraction.

His earlier works, around the 1950s were based on lose gestural abstraction like that of his predecessors in the New York School (Pollock, Motherwell, Rothko, de Kooning, and Guston). Yet a drastic change occurred in his paintings with a shift to incredibly geometric, highly organized, patterned works developed in a flat manner perfectly demonstrated in his piece Tuxedo Park.

It was during this period as well that Stella began to interlock his geometric shapes, such as in his Irregular Polygon series, which unlike the work that he painted before, allowed for large central fields of colour to overlap in a collage like manner. The use of colour expanded into his work in the 70s and 80s, in his River of Ponds series and the artist’s Moby Dick series, such an example is Hark from the Waves.

Frank Stella produced many prints, his first prints being created in the 1960s. Many of Frank Stella’s prints were lithograph prints though he also created etching prints, woodcut prints and drypoint prints. All of Frank Stella prints are original prints as Stella saw printmaking as a distinct medium to create artworks.

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