Ellsworth Kelly (b. Newburgh, New York, May 31, 1923) is an American painter and sculptor associated with Hard-edge painting, Color field painting and the minimalist school. Many of his paintings consist of a single (usually bright) color, with some canvases being of irregular shape (i.e., shaped canvases).
Kelly's quality of line seen in his paintings and in the form of his shaped canvases is very subtle and implies perfection.
He studied at the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, from 1941 to 1943. During World War II he served in a deception unit known as The Ghost Army, where he and other artists used inflatable tanks, trucks, and other tools of deception to fool the Germans. After serving in the military from 1943 to 1945 he attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, from 1946 to 1947. He then studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, France, through the G.I. Bill.
His first solo exhibition was held at the Galerie Arnaud, Paris, 1951. His first retrospective was held at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 1973.
Ellsworth Kelly is represented by Matthew Marks Gallery, New York.