Frank Stella is a well-known American painter and printmaker who is associated with minimalism and post-painterly abstraction. His work is often characterized by simple geometric forms and bold color schemes.
Frank Stella was born in Malden, Massachusetts in 1936. He attended the Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts and then went on to Princeton University, where he studied with the renowned art historian, A. Hyatt Mayor. After graduating from Princeton in 1958, Stella moved to New York City, where he quickly became involved in the city’s vibrant art scene.
In 1959, Stella had his first solo show at the Leo Castelli Gallery, which helped launch his career. His early work was often compared to that of the Abstract Expressionists, but Stella rejected this label, preferring to be associated with the new generation of artists who were exploring minimalism and post-painterly abstraction.
Stella’s work from this period is characterized by simple geometric forms and bold color schemes. He often used stripes or checkerboard patterns in his paintings, which he referred to as “paintings in series.” By the mid-1960s, Stella had firmly established himself as one of the leading artists of his generation.
In 1967, Stella began experimenting with relief sculptures, which he referred to as “proto-painting.” These reliefs were made by painting directly onto aluminum or plywood panels and then mounting them on the wall. Stella’s reliefs often incorporated found objects, such as pieces of wood or metal, which he would incorporate into the design.
In the 1970s, Stella began to explore new mediums, such as etching and lithography. He also started to experiment with sculpture, creating large-scale works that were installed in public spaces. Stella’s later work is often more abstract and less geometric than his earlier work. He continues to experiment with new mediums and techniques, and his work is highly respected by critics and art historians.
Frank Stella is a major figure in the history of postwar American art, and his work has been widely exhibited and collected by major museums around the world. He currently lives and works in New York City.