Vale Ellsworth Kelly

I’m a bit behind the news, but I learned today that Ellsworth Kelly had died on 27 December 2015. I have posted previously about his shadow drawings and I find that there is still much to explore in his lifetime of work.

One quote from the New York Times Obituary that struck a chord with me was about ‘finding’ his art in his surroundings:

I realized I didn’t want to compose pictures, I wanted to find them. I felt that my vision was choosing things out there in the world and presenting them. To me the investigation of perception was of the greatest interest. There was so much to see, and it all looked fantastic to me.

Drawing Cut into Strips and Rearranged by Chance (detail) ArtistEllsworth Kelly Date 1950 Dimensions sheet 16.5 × 77.25 × inches Materials ink on paper, collage


  1. Thank you for sharing this. I really love Ellsworth’s drawings and will try the chance exercise you’ve mentioned here (did Matisse have similar concept?) The shadows on your book from your linked post are gorgeous. BTW I very much enjoyed Grayson Perry – what a prolific mind and creator.



    1. I’m glad you enjoyed Grayson. He’s not to everyone’s taste. I am not sure about Matisse, but plan to try the shadows again. I think the shadows have the same ‘flat’ feeling as the paper cutouts , mmmm, maybe a mash up of the two approaches?



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