Kenneth Noland was an American abstract painter whose works of art adorn many of the world’s best museums and galleries including the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. His minimalistic and abstract paintings played with the relationship between form and color and ushered a new wave of expressionism. He was not an accidental painter but received formal training and experience with some of the most well-known artists of the time. Most of his paintings were targets, chevrons, stripes, and shaped canvases. With these four motifs, he created a wide range of art that dabbled in different colors. Both symmetrical and asymmetrical forms found favor with him and he embraced them beautifully. His aim was to splash the canvas with color and not dilute it with brush strokes. For him, art was always about the art, not the artist. Throughout his life, he held many teaching positions and passed on his wisdom to other budding artists. He helped establish the “Washington Color School” movement. His entire life was dedicated to his art and he spent his final days in his studio. His children became artists in their own right and continue to spread his colorful legacy.
Asheville, North Carolina, U.S.
Also Known As
Kenneth Clifton Noland
Black Mountain College
Harry Caswell Noland
Cornelia Langer, Paige Rense, Peggy Schiffer, Stephanie Gordon
Billie Noland, Harry Noland Jr., Lawrence Noland, Neil Noland
Cady Noland, Lyn Noland, Sam Noland, William Noland