press release

The American artist Ellsworth Kelly is much admired in Britain but very rarely seen. This exhibition brings together special loans alongside a number of paintings from the Tate Collection, to create an installation in the curved sea-facing gallery relating to the architectural dynamic in Kelly's work. A select group of Plant Lithographs from the Grand Rapids Museum's touring exhibition – showing Kelly's fascination with form in nature, will also be included.

Since the late 1940s Kelly has explored the power of abstract form through meticulous geometry to create paintings and sculptures which reveal an extraordinary poetic vision. Kelly´s skill in working with form, colour, space and line to create monumental visual statements is a result of his acute spatial sensibility and an understanding of the potential in the fusion of these elements. Kelly treats colour as an independent element in which representation no longer plays a role but the colour itself becomes form and utilises the architectural plane on which it sits and the space around it.

Kelly is interested in the elusiveness of forms that we glimpse as part of our lives and manipulating such forms to create new illusions of space and colour.


Ellsworth Kelly in St Ives