Born: 1936. Nationality: American.
Frank Stella was born in Massachusetts and studied at Princeton University. He quickly established himself as a leading figure in the development of American modernism. Initially he was drawn to the work of expressionist artists such as Jackson Pollock and Franz Kline with their spontaneous, gestural style but soon moved towards hard-edged minimalism, preferring the systematic arrangement of bands of colour on a smooth, flat surface, sometimes using shaped canvasses. The scale and vivid colour of his work echoed the visual impact of advertising hoardings and evoked the urgent messages of contemporary consumer culture.
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