Ellsworth Kelly on painting

 

Photograph of Ellsworth Kelly

“I usually let them (drawings) lay around for a long time. I have to get to really like it. And then when I do the painting I have to get to like that too. Sometimes I stay with the sketch, sometimes I follow the original idea exactly if the idea is solved. But most of the time there have to be adjustments during the painting. Through the painting of it I find the colour and I work the form and play with it and it adjusts itself.” ~ Ellsworth Kelly

 

 

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Ellsworth Kelly on painting

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“All the art since the Renaissance seemed too men-oriented. I liked (the) object quality. An Egyptian pyramid, a Sung vase, the Romanesque church appealed to me. The forms found in the vaulting of a cathedral or even a splatter of tar on the road seemed more valid and instructive and a more voluptuous experience than either geometric or action painting.” ~ Ellsworth Kelly

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Ellsworth Kelly on painting

“Everything that I saw became something to be made, and it had to be exactly as it was, with nothing added. It was a new freedom: there was no longer the need to compose. The subject was there already made, and I could take from everything. It all belonged to me: a glass roof of a factory, with its broken and patched panels, lines on a road map, a corner of a Braque painting, paper fragments in the street. It was all the same: anything goes.” ~ Ellsworth Kelly

a picture of Ellsworth Kelly painting

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