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Ellsworth Kelly's Impact on Creative Expression

By Ruby Cemental

The famous American artist Ellsworth Kelly is an inspiration to adults and seniors across the globe. Even in his 90s, he still continues to work in a 20,000 square foot studio in Spencertown, New York. Since childhood, he had a passion for creativity. Throughout his life, he has continued to evolve as an artist. He is proof that creativity and imagination aren't stifled by age. Kelly is considered an influential force in post-war art. He is famous for his bright and colorful paintings, sculptors and prints. His is hailed as a pioneer in American abstraction. When it comes to art and expression, age is simply just a number.

Early Life

Kelly was born in Newburgh, New York on May 31, 1923. As a child, he was always very creative and artistic. His imagination was very vivid. He studied art at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. At the age of 20, he was drafted into the U.S. Army. The majority of his military service was spent in Europe.

French Influence

From 1948 to 1954, Kelly lived in France. During this time he traveled, studied and taught art whenever he could. He loved all art and architecture. Since it was unlike typical American art, he observed and soaked in all the unique cultural differences. French abstraction had a strong influence on the young artist. Formerly a figuration and easel painter, he decided to dabble in abstract art. He experimented with geometric shapes, bold patters and colorful designs. His style is simplistic, yet captivating.

Successful Career

Today, Ellsworth Kelly's art is still displayed at exhibits throughout the country. He continues to inspire and influence other artists. Not only is he an inspiration to other artists, but all individuals. He does not let age affect his passion or drive.

Painting, sculpting, drawing, writing, singing and other forms or artistic expression offer seniors a creative outlet. It's important to keep the mind active, especially for seniors. Studies show creating art stimulates the brain and helps improve overall mental health.

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